UnityPoint Health® – Trinity is excited to announce the first Quad City baby was born at 12:20 a.m. Nora Grace Hessman was delivered by team members at UnityPoint Health – Trinity Moline Birthplace. The healthy baby girl was born to parents Brittany & Mark Hessman. The nullbirth marks the first delivery for Trinity hospitals in 2021 and the first for the entire Quad City area.

“Nora wasn’t interested in making an appearance in 2020 and we don’t blame her,” said Brittany Hessman. “We just feel blessed to have a healthy baby girl regardless of when she arrived.”

Mark and Brittany Hessman are from Coal Valley. Baby New Year Nora held on for 2021 arriving 6 days after her due date. She was born six pounds, 13.5 ounces and 20 inches long. On top of being the first baby of 2021, she is also the first child to her parents.

“2020 has undoubtably been one of the toughest years in healthcare but being able to celebrate this birth brings such a joy to our team,” said Barb Anderson, Moline Birthplace Lead RN. “This signifies the hope that 2021 will bring change and good for those who need it most.”

For more information on UnityPoint Health – Trinity’s labor and delivery services, visit unitypoint.org.


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