Gifts for PMH ‘independence babies’
After experiencing the devastation of three miscarriages, 37-year-old Sherell Hepburn welcomed her daughter into the world on Independence Day.
Sanae Samya Hepburn was born at 9:10 p.m. on Wednesday, the first girl born that day at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH).
“She actually is our rainbow baby,” said the mother of two.
“She is the first after three miscarriages.
“She is truly a blessing. We have a son and a daughter now. We’re satisfied.”
Hepburn’s husband, Hubert Hepburn, said that although Sanae came a day late for his birthday, July 9, his daughter was the perfect gift.
“I’m proud, speechless,” he said.
Twenty-four-year-old Symphony Charlton welcomed her first child, a boy named Janiy Darling, at 12:32 a.m., making him the first “independence baby” at PMH this year.
As she held her crying son, the new mother said she was feeling different than before, but excited.
Both mothers were presented with gifts of a car seat and diapers from PMH in partnership with non-profit organization the Cookie Collection, which is owned by Sheron Johnson, who is also a board member of the PMH Foundation.
“I just want to say thank you,” Charlton said.
“This is really a surprise, and a nice gesture. I never knew that you all did this, so this is really good.
“I really appreciate it.”
Hepburn also said that while she was not expecting them, she is grateful for the gifts.
“It’s a privilege and a blessing,” she said.
“I didn’t expect it.”
Education: Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish
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