Mother's day gift


Being the center of attention on the day she gives birth is nothing new for Marlaina Miller ... after all, her first child, China, was practically born on the radio.

Sunday, on Mother's Day, Marlaina became a mother for the third time at Washington County Hospital. She and her son, Jaden William Miller, "met" face to face at 10:25 a.m.

Dad is David W. Miller, a former WQCM radio personality and executive, who was present for the birth of their third child on Sunday. China, 14, stayed at home with her other brother, Julian, 6.


"When China was born, I was doing a live telethon," Miller said. The station kept updating the listeners on the progress of Marlaina's labor and announced the birth almost as it happened.

Miller is now director of programming and operations for five radio stations in the Winchester, Va., area but the family still lives in Hagerstown.

Little Jaden checked in at 8 pounds, 12 ounces, according to his proud mother.

"One of my due dates was May 10 so I knew it would be right around Mother's Day," Marlaina Miller said. "Still, it is really special that he did come for this day."

Marlaina Miller, 36, said she would describe Jaden's entry into her family's life as a surprise ... but a very nice one.

Julian, a student at Eastern Elementary, said he was happy to have a little brother. "I will teach him to be good," he said.

Big sis was also happy about the new addition to the family. China, an E. Russell Hicks Middle School student, was already figuring on earning more money baby-sitting.

The Millers recently moved into a new house with more bedrooms to prepare for Jaden's arrival. Marlaina Miller said she and David got everything in order just in time for their family expansion.

In labor since about 1 p.m. Saturday, Marlaina Miller put off going to the hospital until 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Once at the Family Birthing Center, things moved fairly quickly.

"I plan to go back to work in four to six weeks," she said. A travel agent, she will be able to perform her duties from her home for a while.

Family Birthing Center staff on hand for the event Sunday included Robin Burke, resource nurse, and Judy Conrad, both certified registered nurses; Julie Wright, Melanie Starr and Beth DeLauter, all registered nurses; Karen Near, nursing assistant; and Mary Puderbaugh, unit secretary.

"It was special for us, too, having a birth on Mother's Day," Burke said.

Since Mother's Day is always the second Sunday in May but a different day each year, Jaden will have to wait until 2013, when he is 11, before his birthday falls on Mother's Day again.

By then, perhaps, he'll be old enough to fix his mom breakfast in bed on her doubly special day.

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