Amber's Story We had a great experience with CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth and if we are blessed with another child, we will have that child at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth.

Amber

"My name is Amber and my sweet baby girl, Dilyn Elizabeth, was born November 6, 2017. She was very stubborn throughout my pregnancy and was ultimately breached. Dr. David B. Smith, evaluated us the week before Dilyn’s arrival and suggested the safest route to get Dilyn here was to have a C-section. A C-section was not the type of delivery that I had envisioned, but after discussing with Dr. Smith, I realized it was the best/safest way to have my sweet girl. Along this journey we encountered so many caring people at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth. A few of the people we feel lucky to have met were Courtney; RN BSN, Janis; RN, and Stacie; BSN, RNC, IBCLC. There were many others, but these three ladies went above and beyond to make sure we were taken care of.

Courtney sat with me holding my hand while they took me into surgery and did a spinal block. She explained step by step what was happening until my husband, Corey, was able to join me in the delivery room. The comfort brought by her is something I will forever be grateful for. When I arrived in the recovery room, I was immediately asked if I wanted to do skin to skin with my daughter. Of course, I said yes! A few minutes into skin to skin, I started to get really sick and they had to remove her from me. There was an ongoing cycle of them putting her on my chest and taking her off multiple times. The nurses continued to clean me up and allowed me to do skin-to-skin every time I asked during this time. Their patience and perseverance are something I will never forget. In the hospital we had issues getting Dilyn to latch to breastfeed. Stacie came to see us and with her help we were able to get Dilyn to latch and have had great success breastfeeding since then.

Breastfeeding is one of the most important goals for me as a mother and with her guidance it has been possible. Once we got home and settled, a few weeks later I started having severe pain while breastfeeding. It was unbearable pain and I thought it was due to Dilyn not latching well. We went to visit Stacie at the Outpatient Lactation Clinic. She listened to my description of my pain, observed Dilyn, and discovered that we had thrush.  She explained in detail the steps we needed to take in order to get rid of thrush. A week later, she even contacted me to check on how we were doing. If it wasn’t for her and the support of my husband, I would have given up on breastfeeding. Since getting rid of thrush, Dilyn and I enjoy feeding time tremendously. We had a great experience with CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth and if we are blessed with another child, we will have that child at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth.”