Son’s NICU Stay Proves Difficult for Parents
Stacy Peterson wouldn’t describe the delivery of her son as easy, but it was far from abnormal. While Boden was a bit fussy, there were no obvious signs he was in any sort of distress in the hours after his birth on the evening of September 14, 2018.
It was not until the night after his birth that Stacy, who is a labor and delivery nurse, started to sense Boden was struggling with his breathing. Shortly after her husband Grant left for the night, Stacy asked her nurse to take a closer look at Boden.
“For the first 24 hours, everything was pretty normal,” Stacy says. “He was in the room with me, and we were doing well. But on the second night something didn’t feel right.”
Boden’s nurse listened to Stacy’s worries and moved him to the NICU for a thorough examination. While there, the decision was made to admit Boden to the NICU, located in the central core of the Birthways unit. This meant that Boden could no longer “room-in” with Stacy. The care Boden received during his eight-day stay was timely and excellent, Stacy says, but the experience was very difficult for her and Grant as first-time parents.
“There were so many things that happened that I just couldn’t be there for,” Stacy says. “I wanted to see all that was going on and that was not possible. Every time I had to leave his side, I would leave crying. It was difficult.”
Today, Boden is a happy, healthy, absolutely adorable toddler. Stacy says that as both a nurse and a parent she is looking forward to the new Family Care Center.
“We have a phenomenal group of caregivers and this will only enhance the service we provide,” she says. “Parents can now spend every minute with their baby, whether NICU care is called for or not. As a mom and a nurse, I know this is the way to go.”