Prouty Family Welcomes Newborn Daughter at Avera
In November 2020, we introduced you to expecting couple, Martin and Krista Prouty, and followed up to hear how their pregnancy was coming along during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Along with her parents and Avera, please welcome beautiful Savvy Kay, who was born early morning on Saturday, March 27, 2021.
Taking Labor One Step at a Time
The journey to delivering Savvy began very early Friday morning when it was still dark. Krista was experiencing minor contractions, and calmly sat in the living room waiting for Martin to wake up. As soon as he did, she told him the news — and it wasn’t long before they were on the road to Sioux Falls.
Before noon, they arrived at the Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center campus. After her progress and dilation were checked at Avera Medical Group Obstetrics & Gynecology, the Prouty couple were advised to take a long walk to accelerate her labor.
“Being only moments away from delivering my baby gave me all the motivation I needed,” said Krista. Staying close to the hospital, she and Martin walked for more than three hours in the Avera parking lot until she was far enough along to be checked in. “Needless to say, I got my steps in!”
By this time, she appreciated a hot whirlpool bath to relieve her growing discomfort and aching back.
Anticipating Baby Girl’s Birth
However, the wait was far from over. Krista decided to get an epidural, which also helped with the high blood pressure she was experiencing. As the night continued, she was given Pitocin, a hormone-like medicine that induces labor.
Not only was Martin by his wife’s side, so was obstetrics specialist, Molly Uhing, MD.
“Dr. Uhing was a real go-getter and very encouraging that things were going to turn out well,” said Krista. The assisting nurse also offered reassuring words and hope that the Prouty baby would arrive before the night was over.
Experiencing the NICU
Savvy was born at 6:42 a.m., but rather than going straight into her mother’s arms, she went to Avera McKennan’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She had swallowed a bit of amniotic fluid and fluid was present in her lungs.
Martin followed his daughter to the NICU to watch over her as Krista recovered from the delivery. “He was amazing at handling the situation,” said Krista.
Ingesting amniotic fluid is not uncommon. X-rays and observation in the NICU ensured the fluid drained from her lungs and there wasn’t an infection. If there was any concern, an entire team of experts were available at just a push of a button.
While most births require a one- or two-night stay, the Proutys stayed in the hospital for a week to ensure both mom and baby were fully ready to go home. They used this extra time to ask attending physicians and nurses questions about parenting, nursing, post-natal care and more.
Parenthood Comes Naturally
The following Saturday, the new family returned home to the Prouty farm near Watertown.
During her pregnancy, Krista found herself a little nervous about the upcoming changes, but now that her daughter is born, she’s pleased that their new roles of mom and dad are coming naturally. They prepared themselves beforehand and found their own rhythm in their first weeks of parenthood.
“It’s surreal. Sometimes we look at her, the little life we created and think, ‘that’s half you, half me,’” said Krista. “We can’t believe she’s ours.”
This year, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day will take on a whole new meaning for both Krista and Martin. Particularly Father’s Day, as both have lost their own fathers.
“Father’s Day will be extra special this year; it will be a happy day again,” she said.
You can learn more about pregnancy and birth services at Avera or join in Avera’s virtual Maybe a Baby.
Photos courtesy of Rachel Clelland Photography.