Articles / 2016
Twins greet new year at CMH
Ventura County Star
by Megan Diskin
K’lah Jenkins and Cameron Jenkins are parents to Brynlee Rae Jenkins, who was born at midnight on Jan. 1, Ventura County’s first baby of 2016 born in a hospital. Her twin, Brystol Skye Jenkins, was born a minute earlier at 11:59 p.m. at Community Memorial Hospital. K’lah Jenkins was not able to hold her babies, only touch them out of precaution for the premature girls.
Ventura County Star
by Tom Kisken
Ventura babies last of ’15, first of 2016
Twin girls were born a minute apart but in different years at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, making them the last baby born in 2015 and the first born in 2016 at CMH.
Brystol Skye Jenkins was born at 11:59 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and her younger sister Brynlee Rae Jenkins was born at midnight on New Year’s Day, said Remie Lempke, the hospital’s house supervisor. Brynlee was the first baby born in 2016 at a Ventura County hospital.
The girls’ parents, K’lah Jenkins, 27, and Cameron Jenkins, 24, were excited to greet their new bundles of joy, said the twins’ mother.
The twins are the couple’s first children together, the Ventura woman said. She has two sons, 8 and 9, from a previous relationship and said the boys are looking forward to being big brothers.
The Ventura woman said the twins were born premature via cesarean section and required extra care in the neonatal intensive care unit.
“Because they were premature they have them hooked up to oxygen,” the she said.
Brystol weighed 5 pounds and 2 ounces and Brynlee weighed 4 pounds and 9 ounces, their mother said.
The twins were due Feb. 8 and a C-section had been scheduled for Jan. 25 but the plan changed when K’lah said she started having contractions about 6 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. When she called the hospital she was told to come in but instead waited, taking her son to basketball practice at 2:30 p.m.
Soon after dropping him off she went to the Ventura hospital where doctors and nurses started to monitor her and the twins. By about 11 p.m. they started preparing her for the C-section and in about an hour her daughters were born.
When the Ventura mother realized her twins were born in different years, she knew it was something special but she wasn’t prepared for various media outlets arriving to take pictures of the girls for their birthday.
“I thought it would be something, but not like this,” the twins’ mother said.
San Diego television stations were reporting a similar story. Jaelyn Valencia was born at 11:59 p.m. Thursday and her brother was born at 12:20 a.m. Friday at San Diego Kaiser Permanente Zion Medical Center.