Press Release

For Immediate Release
Mar 7, 2010
Contact : Robert Cavanaugh   

Christie Rampone Delivers Baby Girl At Jersey Shore University Medical Center


Neptune, NJ - Christie Rampone, captain of the Women's National Soccer Team and her husband Chris welcomed a baby girl into the world on Saturday, March 6 at  

Reece Elizabeth Rampone was delivered by c-section by Noelle Aikman, M.D. and weighed in at a healthy 7lbs 2oz. "This is an absolutely amazing time for my family, and we are so grateful for the exceptional team of physicians and nurses at Jersey Shore University Medical Center," said Rampone. "They are so dedicated and caring, and make you feel comfortable every step of the way, it's like having your own support system." To view pictures of Reece and Christie please visit    

When Rampone learned she was pregnant with her second child, the Olympic champion approached her OB/GYN Jocelyn Carlo, M.D. about whether she could continue to play soccer with her team, Sky Blue. Together, they developed a plan that allowed Christie to safely play through her first trimester. "It was very comforting knowing Dr. Carlo was on board and I wouldn't have to put my career on hold or retire," added Christie. It wasn't until after the Sky Blue clinched the World Professional Soccer championship that Christie revealed to her teammates she was 11 weeks pregnant. It had been quite a season for Christie, who captained, and served as coach for the team for part of the season, and also underwent emergency surgery for a ruptured ovarian cyst last summer.  

"Reece is our second child born at Jersey Shore, so we are very familiar with the high level of care they provide, which was so important to us," said Rampone. Jersey Shore University Medical Center is home to the most advanced maternal and neonatal care in the region, with a Level III High Risk Perinatal Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, board certified sub-specialists provide around-the clock coverage and in-hospital consultation for any complications that may arise, and one of the most experienced Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the state.  

Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a not-for-profit university teaching and home to the K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital – the first children's hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Jersey Shore is the regional provider of cardiac surgery, a program which has been ranked among the best in the Northeast, and is home to the only trauma center and nationally-designated stroke center in the region. Jersey Shore University Medical Center specializes in cardiac care and surgery, orthopedics and rehabilitation, cancer care, and advanced women's and children's health services.