Family welcomes Greenwich Hospital newborn from afar during the coronavirus pandemic
GREENWICH — The birth of every baby is exciting. But Myles Mackenzie Mangan, who was born Wednesday at Greenwich Hospital, was greeted by his own cheering section — from a distance.
Baby Myles, who came into the world at 8:49 a.m. Wednesday via caesarean section, was welcomed by his parents, Miranda and Nick Mangan of White Plains, N.Y.
The hospital’s current no-visitor policy due to the coronavirus outbreak means that extended family members can’t be present for births or come in to meet the new arrival. But that didn’t stop four relatives from driving nearly two hours from Patchogue, N.Y., to Greenwich Hospital to wish the couple good luck and await the birth of baby Myles.
The family members stood outside on the sidewalk, holding a homemade sign that said, “Welcome Baby Mangan,” facing Miranda’s hospital window. News of Myles’ birth came less than an hour later through a text message from his father. Myles weighed 5 pounds, 2 ounces at birth, hospital staff said.
“This isn’t exactly how I pictured it,” said Jason Lustig, referring to the arrival of his first grandchild. “Mom is doing well in recovery. That’s all we wanted to hear.”
Myles is the first child for Miranda and Nick, who are both physical education teachers in New York state. His mother works for the Lakeland school system and his father works in the Mamaroneck school system.
Miranda Mangan has been on bed rest at Greenwich Hospital for more than a week. Nick Mangan arrived at the hospital Tuesday night in anticipation of the caesarean section. As established Greenwich Hospital patients, Nick Mangan was allowed to be present for the birth, hospital officials said.
Under hospital rules, both mom and dad wear masks for the duration of their stay and they must remain in their room.
“Greenwich Hospital has been terrific,” said Lustig, the baby’s grandfather. “They’ve been treating Miranda like royalty. We couldn’t be happier.”
Every newborn at Greenwich Hospital receives a copy of the book, “On the Night You Were Born,” by Nancy Tillman. Some day, Myles will have an interesting story of his own birth to tell.