Royal Oak Beaumont celebrates birth of New Year’s baby

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published January 8, 2018

 Amanda Gonzales and her newborn baby, Gabriella Una Gonzales, rest after an emergency cesarean  section at Royal Oak Beaumont Jan. 1.

Amanda Gonzales and her newborn baby, Gabriella Una Gonzales, rest after an emergency cesarean section at Royal Oak Beaumont Jan. 1.

Photo provided by Maryanne MacLeod

 Gabriella Una Gonzales rests swaddled in a Royal Oak Beaumont blanket after being born at approximately 1:17 a.m.  Jan. 1.

Gabriella Una Gonzales rests swaddled in a Royal Oak Beaumont blanket after being born at approximately 1:17 a.m. Jan. 1.

Photo provided by Maryanne MacLeod

ROYAL OAK — At approximately 1:17 a.m. Jan. 1, Gabriella Una Gonzales, born to Andres and Amanda Gonzales, of Pontiac, gave her first cry after an emergency cesarean section at Royal Oak Beaumont.

Gabriella was born at 4 pounds, 2.5 ounces, and 17 1/3 inches, according to a hospital press release.

Janelle Daniel, a nurse on duty that night, told the Royal Oak Review in a Jan. 5 phone interview that the fact that Gabriella was preterm stuck out to her that night. She said the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit team responded to Amanda’s room, and that Gabriella came out crying.

“I don’t expect (Gabriella) to have to spend a lot of time in the neonatal ICU — just to get her up to a bit older gestation — and I think she’ll go home with mom soon,” Daniel said. “She did great.”

In a Jan. 5 phone interview with the Royal Oak Review, Amanda said she had just been released from the hospital Jan. 3 and was trying to rest as much as possible while getting the house ready for the arrival of her newborn baby.

“Her temperature has been regulated. She’s eating more; they’re increasing her calories in her food intake every day. She’s doing great and is back up to her birth weight,” she said. “She’s more alert, trying to hold her head up on her own. She knows Mommy and Daddy’s voice. She’s so beautiful.”

When naming her, Amanda said she and her husband went through many names, but ultimately decided on Gabriella Una.

“Una is the name of my late grandmother. In Greek, it means ‘precious gift,’” she said. “I think maybe God knew that maybe it was time for us to complete our life together by giving us this gift.”

She called the pregnancy “a really tough struggle.”

“I’ve been with my husband for 10 years. Since the day we met, I knew we were going to be together forever. We’ve been inseparable since day one,” she said. “I went through a lot of losses, from not being able to have children to being told I was unable to have children.”

Amanda said that when she did find out about her pregnancy, she was able to tell Andres on Father’s Day.

“He was completely ecstatic, and it’s been a blessing,” she said. “We’ve been waiting to tell people for quite some time, because we wanted to be out of the red zone.”

She said she was induced Dec. 31 in her 34th week of being pregnant, and what began as a natural delivery turned into an emergency C-section after 12 hours of active labor.

“I have had such an amazing experience with my nurses,” Amanda said. “It hurts to know I can’t be with (Gabriella), but knowing who she’s with gives me more peace of mind.”