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Freeman Welcomes First Baby of 2020

January 02, 2020

Baby Boy Rings in the New Year

JOPLIN, Mo. – Baby Gabe arrived at 11:10 am January 1, 2020, at Freeman Hospital West. Gabe weighed seven pounds, nine ounces and measured 20 inches in length. And in keeping with the New Year theme, Gabe is the first child for his mom whose name is Shampagne.

Following tradition, the first baby born each year receives a special baby gift basket courtesy of Freeman Health System. Gabe will go home with stuffed animals, toys and lots of onesies.

Freeman Health System has provided maternity care to Joplin and surrounding communities for more than 94 years. Freeman Maternity Center features two obstetric surgery suites, board-certified obstetricians, certified nurse midwifes, the region’s only board-certified perinatologist for high-risk pregnancies and three full-time neonatal nurse practitioners for sick and prematurely born infants. Designed with privacy and comfort in mind, Freeman Maternity Center features home-like birthing suites and private mom and baby rooms.


About Freeman Health System
Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. For 2018, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. The Leapfrog Group awarded Freeman the highest grade possible in the Fall 2017 Hospital Patient Safety Score. With more than 300 physicians on staff representing more than 70 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit