Nathan Littauer’s Birthing Center Celebrates with Friends of the Gloversville Public Library

Nathan Littauer’s Birthing Center Celebrates with Friends of the Gloversville Public Library

GLOVERSVILLE, NY – In celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week 2023 in October, the Friends of the Gloversville Public Library presented the first baby born the week of October 22nd at The Nathan Littauer Birthing Center with a basket of books, clothing, and other gifts.

Luca Russo was born at Nathan Littauer’s Birthing Center at 2:39 a.m. on October 22, 2023, making him the gift recipient. He weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces, and was 20 inches long. He is the son of Benjamin Russo and Kathryn Romano.

“We are very thankful,” said Russo. “It is an incredibly nice gesture of the Friends of the Library, and we can’t wait to read some of the books to him.”

Friends of the Gloversville Public Library President Jean LaPorta said the organization does this activity annually for the first baby born at Nathan Littauer during National Friends of Libraries Week. Together, the organization has been donating the gift baskets for more than ten years. “We love doing this,” LaPorta added. “We hope these books will encourage an admiration of reading in the child, and that when they are old enough, they will choose to visit our library to read many more books.”

This gift basket donated to the Nathan Littauer Birthing Center from the Friends of the Gloversville Public Library is made annually by member donations. Those who are interested in becoming Friends of the Public Library should visit their website or by calling the library at (518) 725-2819.


About Nathan Littauer

Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home is a full-service, 74-bed acute care hospital with an 84-bed skilled nursing home. Since 1894, Nathan Littauer has provided safe, high-quality health and wellness services with a focus on securing appropriate new technologies for people residing in Upstate New York. Over the years, the hospital has expanded its services in order to offer health care that is comprehensive, accessible, and relevant to the needs of the communities they serve.  More information can be found by visiting

Littauer’s Birthing Center welcomes the first baby of 2019

welcome 2019

Parents are grateful for the send-off

Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home announced today that baby Bella Ann Waffle was the first baby born at NLH & NH in the New Year. Bella’s parents, Alyssa Duma and Michael Waffle of Gloversville welcomed little Bella on January 3, 2019 at 9:19 a.m. Bella, shown here dressed in her beautiful gold polka dot New Year’s best dress, weighed 7 pounds 7 ounces and was 21 inches long. Midwife Andrea Becker, C.N.M. delivered baby Bella.

welcome 2019

Meet Bella, Nathan Littauer’s Birthing Center’s First Baby of the Year!

Littauer’s Auxiliary presented the family with a generous gift of supplies and necessities. This special presentation by our auxiliary has been a tradition for over 30 years. Anita Beck, an auxiliary member coordinates the shopping for the First Baby months in advance of the event. Bella’s parents were grateful for the auxiliary’s generosity stating, “Thank you so much for all you did!”


“The Auxiliary puts a tremendous amount of thought into the Baby New Year basket. What the parents leave with is a gift of the heart while being extremely practical as well,” stated Sue McNeil, Director of Volunteer Services at Nathan Littauer Hospital.

A thirty year tradition of celebrating families

Celebrating the happy family! (from left to right) Jeanne Wilkinson, auxiliary member, Sue McNeil, Director of Volunteer Services, Norma Cozzolino, Auxiliary President, Baby Bella, Alyssa Duma and Michael Waffle

Another grateful patient

The Birthing Center is a happy place
Our Birthing Center Team display just some of the notes, cards and pictures they get from happy families.

Every day we get letters from patients who are grateful for their care at Nathan Littauer. Here, Crysti O’Connor, RN who has been an Obstetrics Nurse in our Birthing Center for 15 years, reads a note the team received today…

Another grateful patient