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April's NICU Story

Jun 6, 2019
Photo of April“The staff made us feel like we were right at home.” April was diagnosed with HELLP syndrome with all three of her babies, so she spent a lot of time in the NICU over the years. “The nurses did a really good job at making each experience the best experience you can have, because everyone’s journey is different and it’s not always a typical delivery.”

“I have three little ones, two boys and a little girl. This is Miss Natalie Kate, and we have Cal who’s seven, and Connor who is five. All three were NICU babies. I unfortunately had HELLP syndrome with all three, which you never know you’re going to get until you get it. But because of that, then we kind of knew that our babies were going to be early, and that was one of the reasons why we chose Sierra Vista, was we knew we had to have the NICU component there. 

With my second pregnancy, I lived at Sierra Vista on and off for almost two months. The labor and delivery staff is absolutely amazing. They make you feel like you’re at home. They put little mini refrigerators in there, I mean this one little gal from the kitchen picked out nothing but orange and purple popsicles for me for two months which I found out after the fact and felt horrible. 

When Natalie Kate came along, being the third this was definitely our last, and she was the longest in the NICU at nine weeks, she was born at thirty-one weeks. I ended up having to have a Caesarian with her which was not expected, and my nurse Dana was amazing, and after we left the O.R. she said you’re going to see that baby right now and they wheeled me right into the NICU in the bed hooked up to IVs and everything, and I got to see her and have my bonding experience. 

So, I feel like the nurses definitely try to make each experience, its own individual experience, and make it the best experience that you can have because everybody’s different, and it’s not always a typical delivery. I was very thankful to our nurses through each delivery, and that’s hence why we were there all three times. 

I would recommend it to all of my friends, even if you are having a normal delivery, you never know what can happen in a moment, and just to know that the staff at Sierra Vista are more trained and you have that NICU component, and the turnover rate of the nurses is much more minimal, I think, considering from a seven year old to a one year old, and we had almost all the same nurses which was wonderful. I would definitely say our experience was as good as it could be.”