A mom's story: Ashley Eddie

On February 18, 2012, Ashley Eddie gave birth to Annalyn Cynthia Eddie, a 6 pound, 10 ounce baby girl. Although Ashley’s own doctor wasn’t on call that night, it was an otherwise uneventful birth, which is just how we like ’em. Here, Ashley talks about what led her to choose Monogram Maternity and the ways that decision worked out well for her.

The choice

We chose St.Vincent Women’s on the recommendation of our good friends and neighbors who had all four of their kids there. I had been to the hospital to visit her a couple years ago after the birth of her youngest, and I really liked the feel of the hospital compared to some others I had been to. Also, it was very close to home for us.

The Monogram way

The Monogram Maternity appointments were very helpful for us as first-time parents.  Kathy Ryan was so helpful in answering any questions we had. We especially enjoyed the private tour of the hospital—we felt so much more at ease when I came in to the hospital in labor because we knew exactly what to expect and where to go. More than anything, it was nice to know someone at the hospital—it made the experience more personal and less intimidating.

The big day—er, night (and morning)

My water broke at 9:30pm on a Friday night, just minutes after I got home from work. I called the doctor on call, who happened to be Dr. John Leone that night. He told me to get our things together and he would let the hospital know we would be arriving soon.

When we got to the hospital, we were taken to Triage, where the nurse verified my pre-registration information while we waited for a resident. Once the resident checked to be sure my water had broken, we were taken to a labor room where the nurse started IV fluids and later Pitocin to help my labor progress more quickly. Our nurse, Amanda, was very encouraging and eager to answer any questions I had.

I was surprised at how quickly my labor progressed, since this was my first baby. The Pitocin worked as I expected it to, making my contractions longer, stronger, and closer together, but I was really amazed at how quickly it worked. By the time I requested my epidural, my contractions were less than 2 minutes apart and I was contracting more than I wasn’t.

Soon after that, I was fully dilated and it was time to push!  Baby was face up, so the first order of business was to get her turned and ready for birth. Within an hour, at 6:52 am, our little lady was born! Dr. Leone placed her on my belly so we could see and snuggle the little miracle we’d been waiting on for nine months. We were instantly in love.

The surprises

I was much calmer than I expected to be. Before labor, I was trying to prepare myself to be flexible, but couldn’t imagine things like not having my doctor (Dr. Angela Stephens) deliver my baby. When the time came, I was very pleased with Dr. Leone and didn’t feel uncomfortable at all.

We were amazed at how attentive and understanding all the nurses were—in the labor room and in the family care unit.

Breastfeeding was much harder than I expected and didn’t click right away for us, but the lactation consultant, Dot, was very helpful and encouraging in getting us started.

We had lots of visitors and loved the fact that it was on our own terms, not specified visiting hours.

Sleep-deprived and all, we couldn’t have been happier!

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