Health educator has baby

Health educator has baby

BRAND NEW BABY: Health Educator Katie Riemer gave birth to her first child, Crane William Riemer, on April 19.

Health educator and Wellness Committee Champion Katie Riemer gave birth to her baby boy on April 19.

Crane William Riemer was born on Thursday, April 19 at 4:52 p.m. at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley. He weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. This is Riemer’s first child.

“I love being a mother,” said Riemer. “I’m learning so much every day.  I had a long and beautiful labor at home and a short and fun delivery at the hospital.”

There were a few minor complications, Riemer said, but a midwife and the staff at Alta Bates were able to manage them so that Riemer and Crane remained in good health.

Riemer said Crane may have a brother or sister some day.

“I think I would like to have another child a few years from now,” she said.

Riemer, who has worked to help educate students who are pregnant or new mothers, said she realizes she herself could have done more to prepare for the baby.

“I’m very happy with my experience overall, though I wish I had learned more about breastfeeding before I gave birth so that I could be more prepared to do that well,” said Riemer. “Parenting is a lot of work, but with support and resources it is also a lot of fun.”

Students were pleased to hear the news.

“I’m really happy that Katie’s birth went good,” said Media Academy junior Araceli Ramos, who is a part of the Youth Wellness Advisory Board. ”I’m excited for her, and I can’t wait until she comes back in August.”