New arrival is grandchild of first child born at Walnut Creek Medical Center
Shaelynn Daniele Mahoney was pretty much destined to be a Kaiser Permanente baby. Her mother, Amanda, and dad, David, were both raised with Kaiser Permanente. And her grandfather, Mark Harrigan, was the first child born at Kaiser Permanente’s Medical Center in Walnut Creek when it opened in 1953.
“It was always kind of known in the family that my dad was the first one born here and then the newspaper came out and took pictures when I was born,” said Amanda.
David’s family also felt strong ties to Kaiser Permanente “Growing up it was always, Kaiser, Kaiser, Kaiser,” he said. “I was with Kaiser as a kid and now I get my glasses, everything from them. I guess it was meant to be.”
After an easy pregnancy and 10 hour labor, Amanda gave birth to Shaelynn on October 14, 2012. She weighed nearly eight pounds and was 19-inches long.
Shaelynn’s arrival meshed well with her family. Like mom, she was born on the 14th – a Sunday. She is the first granddaughter on her dad’s side and the first grandchild on her mother’s side. “My parents are over the moon. My mom has already said I can drop her off anytime,” joked Amanda.
“It has been a real joy being at the hospital,” said Amanda. “The food, the people, everything has been great.”
“Now we are ready to go home and just go with the flow,” added David.
As for the future? New parents Amanda and David just want the best for their new bundle of joy. “I just want her to be happy, confident and healthy. I can’t wait to see who she turns out to be.”