No one could blame an expectant parent for experiencing anxiety over giving birth in the middle of a pandemic.
But mothers delivering at Gritman Medical Center’s Family Birth Center can be confident they will still receive the best care from our amazing nurses and staff. Gritman’s FBC has always been a fully secured facility, providing a comfortable and safe environment for mom, baby and their loved ones. During the COVID-19 crisis that has not changed, but additional measures have been added like delivering mothers being limited to one companion for the duration of their stay.
“When there is a lot of change and uncertainty going on some things stay the same,” FBC Director Jenn Jones said. “Gritman Family Birth Center is here for you. We are here to care for you and your family. We are doing everything to ensure that you and your baby are healthy and safe in our care. Our patients are our No. 1 priority. We are here for you just as we always have been for generations of families.”
Our team recently had the privilege of serving Ana and her husband, Joe, along with Brooke and her husband, Mike. Ana gave birth to their first child, Julia, on April 7. Julia, 7 pounds, 1 ounce and 20 ¼ inches tall, is, her mother says, “such a happy little girl” and “not crying too much.” Just a day earlier, Brooke, who works with her husband at Gritman, gave birth to their second child, Sophia Jean, who was born weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces, and measuring 19-inches. Sophia joins her 2 ½-year-old brother, Harvey. (Meet all of our new arrivals!)
“Everything went incredibly smooth,” Brooke said. “It was a much easier delivery this time.”
Brooke’s husband was able to be bedside, however, the new visitor restrictions meant the grandparents had to find more innovative ways of visiting with their new granddaughter – like peeking through the exterior windows of Brooke’s suite.
“It was a bummer I couldn’t have my mom here, but Crystal was my nurse and it was basically like having a really good friend there,” Brooke said. “The visitor policy in a way has given us more time to bond with her separately than we had with our first. Last time we had so many visitors that there were people going in and out constantly. It has given us a lot more quiet time to focus on ourselves, to focus on her, so it has been a lot less chaotic. It was also reassuring to know that the visitor restrictions were helping to keep everyone safe during the coronavirus emergency.”
Unfortunately, Ana’s family was unable to travel to the Palouse for the birth of their granddaughter. But our staff and nurses made sure the new family received the support they needed.
“The nurses are the best,” Ana said. “I am very thankful for how they were with us. We were given such great care, and they are so loving – it was a really, really nice experience.”
To learn more about the Family Birth Center, go to gritman.org/familybirth.