SMHC Announces First Baby of the New Year

January 02, 2018

New Year BabyDr. Wayne White delivered the first of nearly 600 children that will be born in 2018 at Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) at 8:47 p.m. on January 1. Sierrah Herrick and Ivan Chilapa of Biddeford welcomed their 7 pound 9 ounce baby girl in the warmth and comfort of SMHC's beautiful Birthing Suite, and Rosalie Chilapa earned the distinction of being SMHC's first baby of the New Year.

Rosalie and her parents received a spectacular gift cart filled with items donated by SMHC, volunteers and community members. The cart included: diapers; clothing; home safety items; bath items and bottles; bowls and spoons; books; sweater set; hats and mittens; burp cloths; a Boppy; Infant Play Mat; stuffed bear from The Pill Box (SMHC’s Gift Shop); a gift bag filled with books; diapers and clothing from Altrusa International, Biddeford Chapter; a $50 Gift Card from Community Relations and a heartfelt gift from the 2018 First Baby.

"We were honored to have Dr. White and the amazing nurses at SMHC to be the ones to deliver our New Year’s bundle," said Sierrah and Ivan.

In addition to the cart Rosalie, along with all other Maine resident babies born in 2018, will be eligible to receive a $500 grant through the Harold Alfond College Challenge to start a NextGen College Investing Plan® (NextGen®) account. The Alfond Scholarship Foundation set up the grant program to help ensure access to higher education for all Maine’s children.  All Maine resident babies born after January 1, 2013 will receive the $500 Harold Alfond College Challenge Grant. Parents only need to open a NextGen account so that anyone, including parents, grandparents, family and friends, can invest in their child’s future.

For more information on the Harold Alfond College Challenge, please call 800-228-3734 or visit For more information about NextGen, please call 800-228-3734 or visit

About the Alfond Scholarship Foundation
The Alfond Scholarship Foundation is a nonprofit corporation established specifically to sponsor and support the Harold Alfond College Challenge.  This new foundation is a partnership of organizations and individuals who truly embrace Mr. Alfond’s philosophy, and includes representatives from the Maine Compact for Higher Education, FAME, the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System, the Maine Community Foundation, the Mitchell Institute, and at-large members that include representatives from MaineGeneral Health and the Maine Hospital Association. 

About Southern Maine Health Care
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare system with a non-profit mission "to improve the health and health care of the communities we serve."  SMHC includes a full service, acute care medical center in Biddeford, with York County’s only inpatient mental health unit. Emergency care, surgical services, and diagnostic and therapy services are available at SMHC’s Medical Centers in Biddeford and Sanford. SMHC offers primary care and multi-specialty physician services, diagnostic and therapy services, and Walk-In Care centers in various York County communities including Biddeford, Kennebunk, North Berwick, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited and has been recognized for quality excellence by numerous outside organizations. To learn more about SMHC and SMHC providers, visit,, or

Photo Caption: Congratulations to Sierrah Herrick and Ivan Chilapa of Biddeford who welcomed their new daughter Rosalie, at 8:47 p.m. on January 1. Rosalie was the first baby of the New Year born at Southern Maine Health Care.

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Leslie Roberts
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