Melissa's Story Every nurse I interacted with was very friendly and helpful. As soon as my son was born he was placed skin-to-skin and remained there for a long time.

“My name is Melissa. Here I am with my baby boy Nathan. He was born on December 7, 2016, and he’s my fourth baby. I could tell a significant difference in my birth experience compared to a few years ago. This was my first NICU experience, but my baby was in the room for the first 18 hours of life and with me the entire time. Once he went to the NICU, I was able to visit him as often and as long as I wanted and was able to do skin-to-skin with him there in very comfortable chairs. Rooming in after I was discharged was a blessing to be able to continue to establish my breast milk supply and to stay with my newborn.

Every nurse I interacted with was very friendly and helpful. As soon as my son was born he was placed skin-to-skin and remained there for a long time. I really feel it helped in establishing my breast milk supply and bonding with my son. Even though my son spent a lot of time under the bili-light (a light therapy tool) he was still able to be in my room and other than his time in the NICU on oxygen, he was with me all the times! A lactation consultant checked on me every day as well as my nursery/NICU nurse to ensure our breastfeeding journey was starting off in the right direction.

The biggest plus was the Outpatient Lactation Clinic. They gave me reassurance that I was doing everything correctly and other issues would get better over time, and it did! Doctor Thompson kept me up to date on my son’s progress in the NICU and was wonderful at explaining what was going on. Due to my speedy delivery, Nicole, RN was very calm when she had to deliver my son. All the nurses were great! I couldn’t ask for a better group of professionals! I would absolutely recommend delivering at CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth and plan on delivering there with any future children.”

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