(Lincoln, ME--) Penobscot Valley Hospital is pleased to welcome the first baby of 2013, Noelle Aubrey King who arrived at 10:57 am on January 1. Her parents are Sara Rogers and Dennis King, Jr. from Lincoln and proud older brothers are Zackary and Gabriel. The family was presented with a gift basket from PVH filled with a hand-made baby blanket as well as goods and services provided by local businesses including: Bangor Savings Bank, Coffee Pot Café, Cole-Whitney Ford, Gillmor’s Restaurant, Health Access Network, Judy Hanscom, Northern Pine Care Estates (dba Care Ridge Estates and Lakeview Terrace), PVH Auxiliary, Penobscot Valley Hospital, and Wing Wah Restaurant.
As one of the first of Maine’s babies born in 2013, Noelle will be one of the first eligible for the Harold Alfond® College Challenge to receive a $500 grant to start a NextGen College Investing Plan® account this year. Beloved philanthropist Harold Alfond’s Alfond Scholarship Foundation set up the program to ensure access to higher education for all Maine’s children. All Maine resident babies can receive the grant if they are enrolled on or before their first birthday. There is no income limit or need to contribute any money to receive the grant.
Prior to leaving the hospital, Dennis and Sara will be offered information about the Harold Alfond College Challenge and opening the NextGen® account.
Baby Noelle will also receive a tote bag and books from the Raising Readers program. The Libra Foundation instituted this program back in 2000 to encourage reading aloud as soon as possible to all Maine children.
“Here at PVH, we present two to three books to our newborns. They continue to receive one new book from their primary care physician at each well child visit until the age of five,” explains Eric Himes, RN Director of Inpatient Services at Penobscot Valley Hospital.
The Raising Readers program has brought books into the homes of over 190,000 Maine children over the last 12 years. Since 2000, more than 1.8 million books have been distributed. The result is that nearly all children age birth to five, have a personal library of a dozen books before going to school. That's something Maine can be proud of and no other state can claim.
At PVH, parents enjoy giving birth close to home and appreciate the comforting surrounds in the two, private birthing suites available. In addition to a NextGen® college fund and a set of new books, all newborns delivered at PVH will also receive a gift bag from the Auxiliary filled with baby blankets, clothing, and other goodies for the new family. The PVH Food Services department also plans a special birthday celebration complete with a birthday cake and surprise.
If you have a baby on the way, Penobscot Valley Hospital offers many opportunities for Childbirth Education Classes throughout the year. Upcoming class dates for 2013 include: January 26, April 27, July 27, and October 26. This course is now offered for free and covers comfort during pregnancy, relaxation techniques, pain control, baby care, and much more. Call PVH at (207) 794-7332 to register for this very important class.
For more information on the Harold Alfond College Challenge or NextGen please call 800-228-3734 or visit www.500forbaby.org or www.famemaine.com/nextgen. For more information on the Raising Readers program, visit www.raisingreaders.org.