On August 27, 2009 my husband and I were at the Dean Clinic anxiously waiting to get in for our ultrasound appointment. I was 20 weeks pregnant and we were going to find out the sex of our first child. When the ultrasound began we were so excited, and then the world came to a stop. We were rushed up to see our doctor, only to be informed that our baby’s heart had stopped beating. We decided to go over to St. Mary's that night, and at 5:00 AM on August 28th, our son was still-born.
We stayed at the hospital until that evening. During our entire ordeal, the staff that cared for us was beyond words. I felt as if I was the only patient in the whole hospital. In what was the hardest days of my life, the only good thing looking back was how wonderful all the nurses and doctors were. Our first nurse even went as far as rubbing my back for a half hour when the labor pains set in. I always felt as though I was their highest priority. They were very caring and thoughtful when we went over the "formalities" of a still-birth. They gave us a care package and let us pick an outfit for our son to be buried in. These packages were supplied by St. Mary’s volunteers to whom we are also very grateful for their generosity.
I could not say enough good things about how we were treated and cared for during our short and traumatic stay at St. Mary's. After our son was born we were eventually transported to a different section of the hospital where our nurse shared her story with us. She had lost two children in the same fashion we did, and her emotional story showed us that there is a way through the dark. It was very obvious that the staff at St. Mary's were there not only for treatment of the physical body, but treatment for the mind and soul as well.
We would like to thank the staff of St. Mary's for all their wonderful support they gave in our time of need, specifically the Family Birth Center. They made an intolerable situation more bearable.
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