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Clara Maass Medical Center Welcomes First Baby of New Year Baby Debuts at 7:55 am ON January 1, 2013



Belleville, NJ – Clara Maass Medical Center is proud to welcome its first baby of the New Year – Preston Zion Parsons – who was born in the Labor and Delivery unit at 7:55 a.m. on January 1, 2013.

Parsons is the first baby of the year born in Belleville and one of the first Newark residents born in 2013.

Parsons entered the world weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces and is 19 inches long. He was welcomed by proud parents Jorina Slocum-Parsons and Kirk Parsons, who reside in Newark.

Dr. Virginia Lay, an obstetrician/gynecologist, whose offices are on the Clara Maass Medical Center campus, delivered the baby.

“It’s overwhelming,” said beaming mom Jarina Slocum-Parsons, who said she had a feeling she would deliver her son this week. She said she began having contractions during the afternoon of December 31 and arrived at the hospital around 10 p.m. for her delivery.

Slocum-Parsons admitted she wasn’t really thinking about having the first baby of New Year, she was mainly focused on delivering her son, whose due date was January 12, 2013. He will come home to join older brothers Nagi, 15 and Kirk, 11, and big sister Mia, 8.

“They’re excited,” said Slocum-Parsons of her other children. “They want to know when we’re coming home.”

Slocum-Parsons praised the nursing staff in the Labor and Delivery Unit and said she had a positive experience at Clara Maass. Preston is her first child to be born at Clara Maass Medical Center.

“We’re pleased and proud to welcome this beautiful new baby into the world,” said Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D, President and CEO of Clara Maass Medical Center. “Our Medical Staff and Nursing Staff works hard to give each mother a positive and healthy experience during delivery and post-partum.”


Over 1,500 babies are born at Clara Maass Medical Center each year. The center has a Level II neonatal intenstive care unit and provides private post-partum rooms for mothers in addition to rooming-in for mothers and their children. There are also prenatal education classes offered for parents through the Medical Center.

Clara Maass Medical Center has won numerous awards and accolades.It is ranked among the 50 Best Regional Hospitals in the New York Metro Area by U.S. News & World Report. It has received a Grade “A” in Hospital Safety by the Leapfrog Group. HealthGrades awarded Clara Maass an Emergency Medicine Excellence Award. Thomson Reuters named Clara Maass among the top 100 hospitals nationwide in 2012, one of only three hospitals in New Jersey to attain the distinction. In addition, Clara Maass won the Thomson Reuters Everest Award, one of 12 hospitals in the United States to do so. Clara Maass Medical Center was ranked as the second highest in New Jersey for hospital safety by Consumer Reports. It is ranked top in the state for the treatment of Congestive Heart Failure and Heart Attacks by the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services.

Located in Belleville, NJ, Clara Maass Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, provides a complete continuum of care to residents of northern New Jersey. Clara Maass’ centers and services include The Health and Wellness Center, Nuclear Medicine, The Cancer Center at Clara Maass, Adult Cardiac Services including Diagnostic Services, Cardiac Catheterization, Elective and Emergency Angioplasty and Rehabilitation, The Pain Management Center, The Joint & Spine Institute, a Vascular Center, Same Day Surgery, The Wound Center at Clara Maass, The Center for Sleep Disorders, The Bariatric Surgery Center, Rehabilitation Services, The Eye Surgery Center, Maternity Services and Parent Education, as well as Pediatrics. For a physician referral or more information about Clara Maass, call 1-888-724-7123 or visit

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Date: January 1, 2013

Contact: Elizabeth Moore
Director of Public Relations

Categories: Children's,Press Releases