Leah and Michael Murray
Leah and Michael Murray wanted the gender of their first baby, due in April, to be a surprise.
But that’s about the only surprise they wanted when it came to the birth of their first child, so the Mitchell couple prepared themselves ahead of time through an Avera Queen of Peace Hospital Maybe a Baby event. The event has information on pregnancy-related costs and wellness information and is a chance for potential parents to meet with providers to ask questions and even tour the facility.
Leah, who grew up in the Mitchell area, heard a radio advertisement about the event and thought it might be helpful. Best of all, it was free.
“We just wanted to know if there was anything I could do before pregnancy,” Leah said. “My husband was concerned about the financial aspect of it. They gave us information about who to call just to make sure our insurance would cover it and what we might expect to pay. It was actually not as expensive as I expected it to be. That’s one thing that was surprising.”
During the event, the couple also talked with an obstetrician and pediatrician. Leah learned how to prepare for a healthy pregnancy by taking prenatal vitamins and had some fears put to rest regarding exercise and dietary restrictions during pregnancy.
Leah’s obstetrician is Elizabeth Campbell, MD, FACOG, who she saw before pregnancy. The Maybe a Baby event gave them a chance to talk more.
“She talked about her views on pregnancy and delivery procedures and it just confirmed for me that I would stick with her,” Leah said. “I just feel very comfortable talking to her about all the questions I have.
“Everyone was just very helpful and very friendly, so it made us more comfortable to want to use Avera for our doctors,” Leah said.