Hudson Valley Hospital Center Featured on new MTV Show

 Quiero mi Baby shooting

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Cortlandt Manor, NY - (April 30, 2012) When baby makes three, how do cross-cultural couples and their families deal with the new arrival?

That’s the premise of an MTV reality TV show that was shot at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. The first episode, scheduled to air on April 30, focuses on a couple who had their baby at Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt Manor.

Johanna and Manuel Gonzalez of Yorktown gave birth to a son Manuel on February 2 at the Hospital. The show follows the days leading up to the birth and drama between the couple’s families and the excitement of the new arrival.  The show also follows Manuel in his job in Food Services at HVHC.

“Quiero Mi Baby” is a spin off to the popular MTV’s Tr3s series “Quiero Mis Quinces” and “Quiero Mi Boda.” MTV Tr3 series has won several Imagen awards for the positive portrayal of Latino culture. The family-oriented series follow families at milestones in their lives.

“A lot of planning and preparation went into the shooting of this show here at Hudson Valley Hospital Center,’’ said John C. Federspiel, President of Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “It was really exciting for everyone at the Hospital, not only because it was an opportunity to show the dedication of our top-notch Maternity staff and our physicians, but because one of the parents is one of our own employees.’’

The birth itself provided plenty of drama as little Manuel took more than 30 hours to arrive with the crew anxiously following every twist and turn in the labor and delivery.

“It was a really wonderful experience for everyone involved,’’ said Sabrina Nitkowski-Keever, Director of Child Maternal Health at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “I think the crew was really surprised and amazed at all that we do for our patients and how much preparation and work goes into the delivery of a baby. We were really impressed at the crew’s dedication and their patience in documenting this very moving life event.’’

Manuel Gonzalez said he and Joanna have not yet seen the entire show and are very excited to watch it on Monday.

“We really don’t know what to expect,’’ he said “We can’t wait to see how it all came out.’’

Some of the Hospital staff will be getting together to watch the episode. Several staff members have cameos in the show including employees on the hospital’s 3 South nursing unit and in Food Services.

Federspiel thanked the staff for their cooperation. “The staff did a great job on working with the family and the MTV crew to insure everyone’s safety and privacy.’’


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