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Ashtabula girl is this year’s leap-day baby

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Contact: John Broom

After more than 24 hours in labor, Angela Christine Redmond Cantrell’s arrival into the world was a welcome relief for mom Destiny Cantrell of Ashtabula. The 8 pound, 2 ounce; 21 ½ inch-long girl was born at 5:30 a.m. on February 29.

“I was in labor a long time, but it was worth it,” Destiny Cantrell said, as she looked down into her daughter’s sleeping face. “I am so excited about her birth, but it is so special that she was born February 29.”

Angela will have two older brothers welcoming her home to the room her mom has fixed up for her. Marshall Wayne Sturba, III, 6, is the oldest and Rylan Caleb Thomas Cantrell, 3, now becomes the middle sibling. Angela’s dad is Scott Michael Redmond.

Angela is special to Destiny in another way, too. She’s named after Destiny’s mom, Angela Christine Gishnock, of Madison, who died two years ago of lung cancer. “I told my mom that if I ever had a daughter, I’d name her after her. And I did.”

Angela was delivered by ACMC OB/GYN Ahmed Shahata, MD, who also saw Destiny for pre-natal visits prior to the birth. Destiny said she’s had all three of her children at ACMC, even having the same room during her stay after each delivery.

“The staff here is amazing,” Destiny Cantrell said.

ACMC's Maternity Unit is the only unit in Ashtabula County where a woman can deliver a baby. The unit includes labor, delivery, and recovery rooms that offer a home-like environment, a dedicated surgical suite, separate delivery rooms and a nursery for times when mom would like quiet time.

ACMC offers pre-natal care, childbirth education classes, Maternity Unit tours, and more to help expectant parents prepare for their child’s arrival. For more information, visit www.ACMCHealth.org and click Women’s Services under the Services tab. If you are pregnant and do not have an OB/GYN physician, call Ashtabula Women’s Health Center, 440-997-6915.