At the age of 39, expecting my first baby was a miracle in itself. I had waited many years for this blessing. Being an OBGYN Nurse and Lactation Consultant myself, I thought I knew what to expect and thought we were well prepared.
We had planned on delivering at the hospital I worked - but someone had a different plan for us. At 34 weeks gestation, I was transferred to St. Mary's with severe preeclampsia. When I arrived, my labor nurse (Kellie) was amazing. She knew how frantic and worried I was but she was calm and collective (a blessing from God!). Our little angel was ready for delivery so we had a CSXN that next morning. 4#11oz , we had our beautiful baby girl! Although she did amazingly well, she had to go to the NICU to spend some time.
Being a first time mom, I wanted to capture every second with her - and that is what your staff helped me to do (despite the circumstances). The nursing staff on the postpartum unit was absolutely wonderful. They were so understanding and caring - they knew exactly what I needed when I didn't even realize it. Ellen, Rina, Katie, Stacey, Amanda - amazing RNs! And the NICU staff - I can't begin to explain how thankful we were for each of them. Holly, Mary, Terri, Patti, Julie, Erin - the blessings from God. That not only took excellent care of Emma, they made sure that both my husband and I were well cared for also. They listened to me even when I didn't make any sense, they hugged me when I was scared, and they supported me when I needed support. Although I was discharged two days prior to my daughter, they found a space for me to stay with my new baby until it was time for her to go home with me. I just can't say enough about how wonderful they were. And not to forget about the Lactation staff - what a wonderful program. Please keep up the good work!
Although the experience was nothing like I had expected it to be, it was perfect - just like Emma!
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