It started as a modest idea to collect a few stories about people born in Sonoma County. But “Sonoma County Baby” became something much, much bigger. Thousands of locals responded to Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital’s call for native babies, flooding us with stories that ranged from ancestors who traveled with the Donner Party to newcomers who are just beginning to sink their roots in Sonoma County’s soil.
It appears that people born in Sonoma County are quite proud of that fact. Sutter Health wanted a way to memorialize our hospital’s history and the history of Sonoma County for our next generation of babies. Most of the thousands of responses were brief. Our team of writers and editors selected a few dozen for further research. Through interviews with the principals and with the help of the archives of the Sonoma County Historical Society, we produced the stories contained in the 74-page “Sonoma County Baby” book.
Be Part of the Legacy
More than 2,700 Sonoma County babies have already registered online at SonomaCountyBaby.com and hundreds more have connected through social media sites. Childhood friends have been reunited, high school romances have been rekindled, and a renewed interest in local history abounds.
All new moms who give birth at Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital receive a copy of the book. Online, hardcopy and eBook editions are also available:
- Hardcopy Editions: Available in Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital's Gift Shop, 30 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa, CA.
- Order Online: Visit our online store to purchase a hardcopy for $15.
- Preview Online: Preview a downloadable PDF version of the “Sonoma County Baby book (PDF)".
Show Your Sonoma County Pride
Visit our online store at www.cafepress.com for T-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, baby items, baby clothes, tote bags, clothing, coasters and more. All proceeds benefit Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients and their families.
For more information about this unique project, visit SonomaCountyBaby.com.