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"Bicentennial Babies" Honored at Women's & Children's

April 30, 2012

Eduardo Sanchez-Ulibarri Jr. said hello to the world at 4:58 a.m. today, and already he is making history.

The second child born to Angelica Bonilla and Eduardo Sanchez-Ulibarri Sr., Eduardo, who weighed 9 pounds 1 ounce and measures 21 inches, is the first “Bicentennial Baby” born at Women’s & Children’s Hospital, a campus of The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana. The couple also has a daughter, Elizabeth Sanchez-Bonilla, 4.

“That’s fine,” said Eduardo Sanchez-Ulibarri Sr., when informed of the honor. He accepted special gifts from the hospital and the state during a 10 a.m. ceremony at Women’s & Children’s Hospital.

Louisiana celebrates the 200th anniversary of its statehood today. As part of the celebration, all babies born on April 30 in Louisiana will receive commemorative gifts provided by a collaboration of the Louisiana Hospital Association, the Louisiana Bicentennial Commission and birthing hospitals like Women’s & Children’s Hospital, a campus of The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana.

“By the end of the day, we expect to have recognized between 200 and 250 babies around the state,” said John Matessino, LHA president and CEO. “Each baby gets to take home a memorable keepsake – a piece of history.” 

Each baby born in a Louisiana hospital on April 30 will receive the Louisiana Bicentennial medal and a special Bicentennial certificate bestowing the honor of official Bicentennial Baby.

The limited-edition Commemorative Bicentennial Medal is an updated re-issue of the coin Adler’s minted in 1912 for the State Centennial, with the State Seal on one side and the silhouette of the state on the reverse. The certificate is signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein, Lt. Gen. (Retired) Russel Honoré, who is serving as the Bicentennial Chairman, LHA President and CEO John Matessino and the hospital administrator at the facility in which the baby is born.

For more information about Louisiana’s Bicentennial celebration, visit www.louisianabicentennial2012.com.