Maci Cook was scheduled for a cesarean section at TMC on Friday, June 15, 2018. She and her husband were elated when their son, Colt, was born at 9 a.m., weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and 21 inches long. “We heard him cry, then we didn’t hear him. He stopped breathing as the nurse was cleaning him and she gave him CPR. My husband told me they were working to clear the fluid from his lungs,” says Cook. “The doctors said it is common for c-section babies to have a little more fluid because they don’t have the benefit of pushing it out as they go through the birth canal.”
Cook says she didn’t get to see her son until after lunch that day. “The nurses were so sweet. They rolled my bed down to his NICU room so I could be in there with him,” she says. When she saw her son, Cook says he was connected to a feeding tube and intravenous line, and was breathing with the help of a C-PAP machine. “I was really scared and upset because I couldn’t hold him, but the nurses did everything they could to make me feel comfortable and they involved me in everything they did,” she says.
Over the weekend, the nurses swaddled Colt so that Cook was able to cradle him while in his special crib. “He still had all the tubes connected to him, but they found a way to make it work for me to feel like I was holding him,” she says. On Monday evening, the tubes and other equipment were removed and Cook was finally able to hold her son, make skin-to-skin contact and breastfeed him. Colt continued to improve and mom and baby were discharged on Thursday, June 21, 2018.
Cook, who lives an hour away from TMC, gives high praise to both the hospital, nurses and doctors who were there for her and Colt. “They helped me as much as they helped him. They even took care of my husband when he stayed overnight,” she says. “I grew up in this area, so I am comfortable here, and that is why I chose to come so far to have my children here. It’s great that the NICU is here for this community. The nurses were amazing and did so much to help me through this. I’m so grateful, and encourage others to come to TMC as well. It was a great experience!”
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