Nearly 19 hours into the new year, Shaquell LaFrance and Clarence White
of Hammond celebrated the arrival of their second daughter
North Oaks Medical Center’s first baby of 2018.
After 8 hours of active labor for LaFrance, baby girl Clarielle White arrived
at 6:59 p.m. on Jan. 1 to ring in the new year with her parents and 3-year-old
sibling Sha’Niyah, who is “very happy to be a big sister.”
Clarielle was delivered by Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Diana Dang, MD, and weighed 6 lbs., 8.3 oz. with a length of 18½ inches.
Dang joined North Oaks’ labor & delivery and nursery staff the
morning of Jan. 2 to shower Clarielle with a “welcome basket”
of goodies and essentials from the hospital.
“Clarielle and her big sister make me want to be the best mom possible,”
LaFrance shares as she gazes lovingly and thoughtfully at her newborn.
“I’m going to raise them as ‘princesses.’ .. I
want them to have the brightest futures possible … to be intelligent,
successful and independent.”
“I want the best for both of my daughters,” White adds, while
cradling Clarielle. “Her mom and I are going to do our best by them.
I want to give them a life better than mine.”
Both LaFrance and White note that their daughters are their motivation
to achieve their own goals and become the best versions of themselves.
Currently, LaFrance is a sophomore studying accounting at Southeastern
Louisiana University in Hammond. White, a running back, recently transferred
to Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi, from Fresno City College
in Fresno, California, to join the Braves’ football program.
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Health care providers at North Oaks Medical Center present Clarielle White
and her parents Shaquell LaFrance and Clarence White of Hammond with a
“Baby New Year 2018” welcome basket. Participating in the
basket presentation, from left, are: Labor & Delivery Staff Registered
Nurse Shannon Davis, Dr. Diana Dang, LaFrance, Clarielle, White and Nursery
Certified Nursing Assistant Wintress McCormick.