An Emergency Delivery
Delivery was scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving, still several weeks before the Jan. 5 due date.
A few weeks prior Kelly went in for an ultrasound at Regional One Health. On her way home from the appointment, her doctor called. He told her to immediately return to the hospital. The tear was wide open and it was time.
Seventeen members of the Regional One Health team were ready when Kelly arrived. They wasted no time.
IT WAS REALLY SCARY,” KELLY SAID. “I CAN FEEL THEM DOING THINGS BUT I DON’T HEAR A BABY CRY. I SAID, ‘DR. SAMSON, WHAT’S GOING ON?’
The High-Risk Pregnancy team was busy repairing Kelly’s uterus before taking the baby. Louis Daniel was born on Nov. 15, 2016, weighing 4.4 pounds. He immediately went to the NICU, which was a tough situation for Kelly, who describes herself as a hands-on mother. She praised lactation nurse Ashley Smith who provided vital support to Kelly as she worked to get Louis to latch, a process that’s sometimes difficult for premature babies.
“She checked to make sure I was pumping right away,” Kelly said. “She said no one will say a baby at 32 weeks will latch but if you want to, I’ll work with you. I just cried in her arms.”
Kelly soon went home. Baby Louis stayed in the NICU. But Kelly returned every day and spent countless hours holding and nursing him. She said she is thankful for the nurses who allowed her so much skin-on-skin time with Louis. She believes that played a big role in him only staying thirteen days in the NICU before she and Gary took him home.
Kelly had an ultrasound seven weeks later that confirmed the uterus tear was repaired. Other than a hernia repair, she said Louis is doing great. “He’s a happy, healthy baby.”
Kelly praised the care she received at Regional One Health that guided her through an uncertain pregnancy, risky delivery and care her newborn received.
SO MANY PEOPLE WERE INTERESTED IN OUR CARE AND THEY HAD EDUCATED THEMSELVES ON MY CASE BEFORE THEY CAME IN THE ROOM. THE CARE FROM REGIONAL ONE HEALTH WAS PHENOMENAL.
After her experience with Regional One Health, Kelly wanted to find a way to share her experience with others in the community and give back to the place that supported her so much. She knew her children’s clothing store, Aiden + Ollie, was the perfect place. Since Louis’ birth, Kelly began donating a portion of the store’s proceeds annually through its Giving Tuesday efforts. Giving Tuesday is the day each holiday season dedicated to global generosity and encouraging people to do good. In total, the Parish family and Aiden and Ollie, along with its generous customers, have donated more than $4,000 to support Regional One Health Foundation.
This impact goes far beyond just the dollars raised. Kelly has found this to be a day when people open not just their wallets, but also their hearts and experiences. Countless customers come to the store just to share their experiences with Regional One Health. Whether it be an adult who was a “NICU baby” himself or another patient who experienced the love and compassion of the Regional One Health staff, even women who share in a motherhood journey similar to Kelly’s – the stories are endless and the love and support immeasurable.