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New year, new baby for two Midvale residents

Feb 03, 2023 09:28AM ● By Annabelle Larsen

Wynter Kisa Magandazi rests in her beanie with her statistics next to her. (Photo courtesy Intermountain Healthcare)

Bundle up, put your gloves on because baby Wynter is here! Wynter Kisa Magandazi was born at 12:34 a.m. on Jan. 1, at Intermountain Medical Center. She 

is the first baby of the new year born at any Intermountain Healthcare hospital in Utah. She’s the daughter of Midvale residents Madi and Jermaine Magandazi and is their first baby. Baby Wynter weighed in at 5 pounds, 15 ounces and is 20 inches long.

Wynter was born early at 37 weeks, just three weeks short of the typical 40 week full-term pregnancy. Madi Magandazi went in for her 36-week checkup on Friday and since her blood pressure was high, she was admitted to the hospital. The couple knew the baby was a girl ahead of time due to a blood test at 10 weeks and a later ultrasound to determine the health and sex of the baby.

“Wynter’s middle name, Kisa, means grace in Luganda, the native language of Uganda where her dad is from,” Madi Magandazi said. “I was really hoping she’d be born on New Year’s Eve, since I ended up being induced that day, but with more than three hours of pushing, she ended up being born on New Year’s Day.” 

Jermaine Magandazi said, “It was a magical experience seeing my wife give birth. We’re so grateful Wynter is here, and she is healthy.”

Madi Magandazi had an Intermountain midwife who helped with labor and delivery and an Intermountain maternal fetal medicine physician, Dr. Ibrahim Hammad, who assisted when baby Wynter needed to be turned. A maternal fetal medicine physician, also known as perinatologist, is a doctor that specializes in the branch of medicine that focuses on managing health concerns of the mother and fetus prior to, during, and shortly after pregnancy. With his and the midwife’s expertise, Madi Magandazi was able to give birth to a healthy baby girl to welcome in the new year.

“My midwife was like a cheerleader. She wouldn’t let me quit. I had more than 12 hours of labor, and I just wanted to be done,” Madi Magandazi said. “And we’re so grateful Dr. Hammad was there when things got complicated.” 

“I received a call from the midwife asking if I could help in assessing the baby’s head presentation. We confirmed the baby was facing upwards or ‘sunny side up.’ That position usually makes the delivery harder and longer. I rotated the baby, so the head was faced downward, helping mom and baby with the delivery. Maternal fetal medicine physicians are always available to help and be present for a second pair of hands if needed,” Hammad said.

Madi Magandazi said Wynter is doing well and is content and happy and on her way to breastfeeding. “I loved my care team at the hospital. Everyone that has come in has been great,” she added.

The new parents received a prize basket from Intermountain Healthcare to celebrate the New Year's birth at Intermountain Medical Center, which included donations from three Utah-based baby product vendors: Minky Couture, Lou Lou and Company and Over the Moon.

More than 3,000 babies were delivered at Intermountain Medical Center in 2022.