Ju’wan Clifton Daigre arrived just before 4 a.m. Jan. 1 at 7 pounds 4 ounces and 18 inches
LAFAYETTE, La. – Ju’wan Clifton Daigre rested peacefully in the arms of his father, John Daigre, 23, on Monday, just a few hours after entering the world as the first baby of 2018 at Women’s & Children’s Hospital.
Ju’wan was born at 3:56 a.m. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 18.3 inches. His arrival was a bit of a surprise for his parents, who were not expecting him to arrive until his Jan. 17 due date.
Still, the birth was a “blessing,” said Beverly Carino, 23, Ju’wan’s mother, who discovered she was pregnant on Mother’s Day. Ju’wan was born on her parents’ anniversary.
“’Ju’wan’ means ‘God is gracious,’” Carino said. “He almost didn’t make it.”
Carino and Daigre were celebrating the New Year’s Eve holiday with family when her water broke. The couple rushed to Women’s & Children’s Hospital. Carino began experiencing labor pains, she said, and Ju’wan’s heart rate began to drop.
“I never had a baby before. I didn’t know what was going on,” she explained. “I thought I would lose him, but I kept my faith and never stopped praying.”
Hours after giving birth, Carino and Ju’wan rested peacefully in their room. Smiling with relief and peace, Carino said she felt “blessed and excited. He’s here and he’s perfect.”
About Women’s & Children’s Hospital
Founded in 1983, Women’s & Children’s Hospital continues its tradition of providing specialized healthcare services for women and children. Women’s & Children’s Hospital is one of the largest birthing hospitals in the state with an array of women’s services including the Cancer & Infusion Center, robotic surgery, 3D mammography, breast-dedicated MRI, fertility, lactation support and urogynecology. The facility includes the kids E.R. – a Pediatric Emergency Department staffed 24/7 by Board-Certified Pediatricians, Acadiana’s only Level III Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the region’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, a women and children-dedicated Sleep Center and various pediatric subspecialties.