Miller Children’s & Women’s nurses sing happy birthday to three Leap Year babies.

Leap Day, the rarest birthday a person can have, occurs only once every four years, with the odds of being born on Leap Day at one in 1,641. Seven “leap baby” families at the Cherese Mari Laulhere BirthCare Center at MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach celebrated with a special keepsake frog beanie, making the day even more memorable for the babies and their parents.

"It’s great to have our baby girl with us today,” said Rey Herrera, father of Lila, one of Miller Children’s & Women’s seven leap babies. “My wife and I didn’t realize that it was Leap Day when Lila was born until the doctor and nurses pointed it out to us. We were shocked, excited, and just so happy. We’re mostly excited to be able to hold her in our arms.”

At Miller Children’s & Women’s the care team understands that every birth is a special and unique event and celebrates it with all its families. With exceptional programs and expert care teams and high-quality care, nearly 6,000 families trust Miller Children’s & Women’s to safely deliver their babies every year. U.S. News & World Report has even recognized Miller Children’s & Women’s as a ‘High Performing’ hospital in Maternity Care – the highest rating U.S. News awards for this type of care.

“We see on average 10 – 15 babies born a day, and every day is a special day,” said Lisa Delong, M.D., OBGYN, MemorialCare Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach. “But today is extra special for seven of our families, with this one in every four-year birthday. We do anticipate a few more families to join this special birthday today and can’t wait to meet them.”

"leap day" baby in a special frog beanie
Baby Landa asleep in her bassinet in a Miller Children’s & Women’s frog beanie for Leap Day.