Kennedys Welcome 5th Child at AtlantiCare
Former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy and his wife, Amy, introduced the newest member of their family – Marshall Patrick Kennedy – as they left AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Center for Childbirth in Pomona, New Jersey. Marshall was born May 27 at 8:16 p.m. His birth weight was 7 pounds, 4.2 ounces, and he was 19 ¾ inches long. Older sisters and brothers, Harper, 10; Owen, 6; Nora, 4; and Nell, 2, were at the hospital to escort their baby brother home to Brigantine.
Patrick Kennedy said how special it was that the family left the hospital on May 29, what would have been President John F. Kennedy’s 101st birthday. Marshall was also born two weeks before the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination, June 6. “As we reflect on the tragedies of the past, Amy and I are hopeful that this child will know a more compassionate, connected world – one my aunts, uncles, and father fought for every day.”
Since leaving Congress in 2011, Patrick J. Kennedy has written and spoken publicly about his long struggle with bipolar disorder and drug addiction and has become a leading advocate for a stronger mental health care system in the United States.
“We are so grateful for the amazing care we have received through AtlantiCare, and proud that our children were born in a place that truly values mental health,” said Kennedy. “Getting a ‘check up from the neck up’ is critical for everyone, especially new mothers. AtlantiCare really walks the walk when it comes to issues like postpartum depression. That’s a service not just to individuals, but to the entire community.”