Palomar Medical Centers Deliver Stuffed Giraffes to Newborn Babies and their Families


If you are like millions of others worldwide, you were glued to your computer watching April the Giraffe give birth to her baby calf Saturday morning. Several hours before, Alisha and Nate Keating delivered their second baby boy at Palomar Medical Center Poway in the past three years.

“We kind of had our own ‘drop delivery’ he came out so fast,” Alisha Keating said of her newborn son, Simon, as she accepted a stuffed animal giraffe commemorating the birth of her son the same day as April the Giraffe’s baby calf.

Her pun compared how giraffes birth their calves standing up, dropping their newborns six feet to the ground to Simon’s birth, who ‘dropped in’ less than two hours after the Keatings arrived at the delivery room.

The Keatings were one of eight families to receive stuffed giraffes on Saturday from delivery room nurses at Palomar Medical Center Poway and Palomar Medical Center Escondido. Each giraffe had a keepsake tag attached as a reminder that their babies were delivered the same day as the world-wide phenomena, April, delivered her calf.

Delivering the stuffed giraffe to the Keatings was Diane Foster, a 34-year nursing veteran working her final shift before retirement.

“I’ve enjoyed this career and it’s been wonderful but it’s time to do another chapter of life,” Foster said walking down the hallway towards the Keatings room. “I’ve been with Palomar Health for 14 years and now I’m going in to see my last patient.”

“We’d like to present you with your own little giraffe,” Foster said, explaining the significance of the stuffed animal.

Alisha Keating and baby Simon with Stuffed Giraffe

The Keatings said they briefly followed April the Giraffe’s story and were excited to learn she had given birth to a male calf. The zoo where he was born is running a naming contest.

“Hopefully they’ll name him Simon,” Alisha said.

Palomar Medical Center Poway delivers an average of about 100 babies per month and Palomar Medical Center Escondido delivers about 250 babies per month.

Photo: Alisha Keating and baby Simon pose with their keepsake stuffed giraffe from Palomar Health.

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