February 16, 2012
Women’s Center Welcomes First Baby
Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital officially opened its doors to the new Women’s Center Feb. 9. Less than a week later, they welcomed their first baby, Paislynn Josephine Myers, daughter of Kelly and Charity Myers of Stuart. Paislynn weighed 7 pounds, 3.5 ounces and was 19 inches long.
Kelly and Charity aren’t new to the delivery room; their new daughter was welcomed by two older siblings when she arrived home. The happy parents said they were very pleased with their stay in the brand-new Labor, Delivery, Recovery, and Postpartum (LDRP) Unit. “It was nice and quiet, our own space,” said Charity, “it was nice to be able to stay in just one room.”
The new LDRP Unit is very spacious, quiet, comfortable, and separated from the main patient care area. There are two large patient rooms, a nursery, storage rooms and a work area for staff. This new environment encourages family bonding by allowing the newborn to stay in the room with the mother and father as much as possible. Nurses are readily available to assist the mother and father when they have any questions or concerns.
Candy Mathis, the Obstetrics and Pediatrics Clinical Nurse Manager, adds, “For me what makes the unit so special is that the mother and baby never need to be separated. The importance of the immediate and continued bonding between the mother, father and the baby is huge, and being able to keep them together is a wonderful and special experience for the new family.
Big changes in the Obstetrics department started this past October, when Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital implemented a team of nurses that would care specifically for obstetrical patients, newborns and the families. “We chose our new OB team by identifying nurses that really enjoy and find great work satisfaction in taking care of OB and newborn patients; we felt that we could improve both patient and staff satisfaction,” said Brittany Sudbeck, RN. These nurses are able to provide more patient-focused, individualized care and can guide patients through the labor and delivery experience.
The members of the OB Team are Bethany Eichelberger RN, Amy Langan RN, Jolene Rosenkrans RN, Stacy Shoemaker RN, Brittany Sudbeck RN, Louise Van Every RN, and Candy Mathis RN. This group of nurses also works in “Baby Steps”, a pre-admission service for mothers to be.