CORTLANDT, N.Y. – New parents always face a raft of unknown challenges, but unforeseen drama can arise in cross-cultural families that might force new parents and their families to adjust.
That’s the premise of MTV Tr3s’ new reality TV show, “Quiero Mi Baby,” shot at the Hudson Valley Hospital Center. The show is a spin off of “Quiero Mis Quinces” and “Quiero Mi Boda,” the bilingual shows are presented for a Spanish language audience, and follow young people through milestones in their lives. The first episode of the show is scheduled to air Monday and focuses on a Yorktown couple.
Joanna and Manuel Gonzalez, of Yorktown, gave birth to a son, Manuel, Feb. 2 at the hospital. The show follows the days leading up to the birth and drama between the couple’s families and little Manuel's turbulent arrival. The show also follows Manuel in his job in Food Services at HVHC.
The couple haven’t seen Monday’s episode yet and are eagerly awaiting its airing. “We really don’t know what to expect,’’ said Manuel Gonzalez, “We can’t wait to see how it all came out.’’
“A lot of planning and preparation went into the shooting of this show here at Hudson Valley Hospital Center,’’ said John Federspiel, president of Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “It was really exciting for everyone at the hospital, not only because it was an opportunity to show the dedication of our top-notch maternity staff and our physicians, but because one of the parents is one of our own employees.’’
The birth itself provided plenty of drama as little Manuel took more than 30 hours to arrive with the crew anxiously following every twist and turn in the labor and delivery.
“It was a really wonderful experience for everyone involved,’’ said Sabrina Nitkowski-Keever, director of Child Maternal Health at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “I think the crew was really surprised and amazed at all that we do for our patients and how much preparation and work goes into the delivery of a baby. We were really impressed at the crew’s dedication and their patience in documenting this very moving life event.’’