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Dignity Health Central Coast Hospitals Welcome 11 Leap Day Babies

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Being born on February 29 is a rare occurrence - approximately four million people in the world are leap year babies

CENTRAL COAST, CA– March 2, 2020 – The labor and delivery teams at French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC), and Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC), both Dignity Health hospitals, were leaping with joy as they welcomed 11 leap day babies into this world on Saturday, February 29 - a date that only comes around about once every four years. 

The healthy bundles of joy join a unique group of individuals, who share a February 29th birthday and are lovingly known as “leaplings.” Our 2020 leap year babies include two infants born at French, and nine babies were birthed at Marian. The bundles of joy were welcomed on Saturday to overjoyed families and hospital staff.  

French’s newly expanded Family Birthing Center includes serene private birthing rooms, a new family waiting area and a dedicated C-section suite. At French, we focus on family-centered care, with your baby born in a private room and cared for at your bedside, promising labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum all in one room, making it much easier on new moms. For additional information, visit:

The Maternal and Newborn Center at MRMC features modern delivery rooms equipped with the latest technology needed to support any birth, along with the amenities to help make your stay comfortable. Our center features private rooms that can accommodate spouses or partners overnight. From prenatal care to post-partum support, Marian offers the quality care needed to keep mom and baby healthy. For more information, visit:

Three of the eleven babies included:

  • The second of nine born at Marian: Baby boy Justin Lopez to proud parents Denise Lopez and Rangel Lopez
  • A girl born at French Hospital: Baby girl Eleanor Louise Norris born to elated parents Hannah Tenpas and Joshua Norris
  • A baby boy born at French Hospital: Baby boy Jorge Andres Rendon, to overjoyed parents Cynthia and Jose Rendon



About Dignity Health Central Coast 
Dignity Health Central Coast is comprised of five award-winning hospitals, all recognized for their quality of care, safety and service, primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically advanced imaging centers, outpatient services, and comprehensive home health services. Hospitals in the Dignity Health Central Coast region include Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo, and St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard. Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to provide additional funding to support new programs and services, as well as to advance the community’s access to health care.  For more information, visit

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Monday, March 02, 2020