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May 14, 2010 by Brandy Younkin

Adya RoseThe second love of my life, Adaya Rose, was born at Clay County Medical Center on April 7th, 2010. From my recent experience, “Babies born at CCMC are loved at CCMC." I have lived in Clay Center for over a decade and had been advised by friends to have my baby in Manhattan as “the facilities are superior”. I followed that advice with the birth of my first daughter, Mariah. Although the experience was nothing memorable, I was grateful for a healthy baby.

When we found out we were expecting our second child, we debated whether we should have the baby locally. We eventually chose to be closer to home and thought visiting the local hospital would be less stressful on Mariah.

The birth of our daughter, Adaya Rose, was a planned C-Section. My OB (and family) physician, Dr. Elizabeth Koerner, was phenomenal.  She explained every step of the process which made me feel cared for, confident and safe. The day before I was scheduled to have the baby, the anesthesiologist Scott Husted, CRNA, called to talk over the procedure. His call gave me an additional boost of confidence.  When I gave birth to my first child in Manhattan, I had no idea what to expect and that can be a little frightening.

The surgery team was tremendous!  I didn’t know you could feel so comfortable going into surgery! They were all sensitive to my needs. I felt as if they were sharing the experience with me, while we enjoyed a few laughs together.

The Birthing Center was much more than a nice facility.  There aren’t words to express just how wonderful, loving, kind and compassionate the OB team (doctors, surgery staff and nurses) are!! One of the most heart-warming experiences was being cared for by a special nurse, Mary Jo Wurtz. Her influence had a positive impact on me and my daughter. She shared that she had been a nurse for over 32 years. Her bedside manner reflected her years of experience and knowledge.  I want everyone to know just how incredible she is.

groupI recently read an article in Baby Talk Magazine, April 2010 edition that stated 70% of facilities hand out formula packets to breastfeeding moms. Also, Pediatrics, a new journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), claimed that America’s hospitals aren’t doing enough to promote breastfeeding. That is not true of Clay County Medical Center. I am a strong advocate of breastfeeding. I nursed my first daughter until the time Adaya Rose was conceived and the experience was literally problem free with Mariah. Adaya was a different story. I was exhausted from surgery and so sleep deprived that I wanted to just give up and give her the bottle. I didn’t think I had the energy to fight.  Mary Jo would not let me give up and kept encouraging me to stay strong.  She knew my birth plan from the start and let me tell you, she was not going to let me sway from it one bit. I am eternally grateful to her for that. Thanks to her, Adaya and I have a great nursing relationship. Mary Jo understands the benefits of nursing and knows how to encourage the mother for the benefit of the child.

If you are planning to have children, I encourage you to give our local hospital the opportunity to serve you as warmly and efficiently as they served me and my family. After all, who else offers you and your special someone a steak dinner to celebrate your new bundle of joy?  We also left the hospital with a complimentary photo packet of our beautiful baby girl.   I am a proud advocate and supporter of Clay County Medical Center’s Birthing Center.