by Mikaela Cade, CRDAMC PAO

FORT HOOD, Texas –   Six babies were born at CRDAMC on Jan. 1, but first time parents Anysia and Jesse Medrano’s little bundle of joy took first place arriving nearly 40 minutes before the second place arrival.

Baby Rowen made his debut at 6:09 a.m. weighing in at 6 lbs. 10 oz.  In Baby New Year fashion, young Medrano was showered with well wishes and gifts including a hamper filled with blue clothes, toys, layette items and a diaper cake.

CRDAMC’s command team visited the newest addition to the Army family to offer congratulations.  Col. David R. Gibson, CRDAMC commander, was enthusiastic about carrying on the tradition of visiting the New Year’s baby.

“Each birth at CRDAMC is special and the team here does an outstanding job of providing exceptional care and support to every single patient,” Gibson said.  “We’re certainly excited to participate in the tradition of welcoming the first baby of the New Year.  Command Sgt. Maj. Brunell and I are honored to share in the joy of this day with the family.”

Basking in the glow of joy and happiness the couple looks forward to enjoying time with Rowen and the host of family members who were on hand for the birth from as far away as Arizona.  The new mother’s face beamed as she listened to her family members share their excitement about Rowen’s arrival.   “They’re so proud, and I’m happy,” she said.

Delivering exceptional care to every patient every single time certainly proved true for the labor and delivery teams who supported four other deliveries including a set of twins on Jan. 1.

“We actually had three deliveries before 9 a.m.,” 1st Lt. Caitlin Oconner, mother baby unit charge nurse said. “Does that mean we got first, second, and third?”

Oconner’s excitement is typical of CRDAMC’s maternal child health nursing team members who are always ready to support families during on one of the most memorable days of their lives.


Col. David Gibson and Command Sgt. Maj. Kyle Brunell along with new parents Anysia and Jesse Medrano can’t hide their enthusiasm about their new arrival on New Year’s. The command team visited the family to offer their congratulations and recognize baby Rowen, CRDAMC’s first birth of 2019, with a diaper cake. (U.S. Army photo Mikaela Cade/Released) 



For more information contact:

Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center

Public Affairs Office

(254) 288-8005

Mikaela Cade, Chief Public Affairs

Fort Hood, TX 76544