When emergencies happen at Tuality Healthcare’s Family Birth Unit, kind compassionate care can make the difference and enhance the patient experience. For Deborah Kennedy, professional and compassionate care got her through a tough, traumatic labor experience while giving birth to Benjamin David Kennedy, her first child. When Benjamin was born, the Birth Unit staff resuscitated him because he wasn’t breathing and his skin was pale. “He was whisked away to a table in the corner of the room where several people began working on him,” Deborah said. “After what seemed like hours, but was probably just a few minutes, I finally heard him cry. It was probably one of the best moments of my life.”
During this experience, staff had Deborah on oxygen as Benjamin’s heart rate in the womb had plummeted due to broken membranes she experienced for 36 hours before giving birth. Benjamin’s umbilical cord also had been restricted during four hours of labor, causing further health complications. Roughly 10 nurses attended to Deborah throughout the entire ordeal. “Everyone was incredibly helpful and genuinely interested in my welfare and the health of my baby,” she said.
Deborah was admitted at 9 p.m. Jan. 25 to Tuality Community Hospital. Her physician, Dr. Basia Rajska of the Tuality Obstetrics and Gynecology clinic, started her on a labor-inducing drug for the first night. The following day, Rajska noticed the first drug wasn’t working as planned and switched Deborah to a 12-hour maximum dose of another labor inducing drug. Deborah became exhausted by Friday. The second labor inducing drug wasn’t working as planned so a vacuum cup finally started the labor process.
Deborah spent two of her four-day Tuality stay induced at the birth unit. Dr. Rajska and a team of labor and delivery nurses cared for her during the entire experience. “It was a long process,” Kennedy said. The Tuality team was very calming and helped her through some very painful moments before she decided on an epidural. Deborah was grateful for the compassionate and quality care she received from the birth unit staff. “Everyone was so kind and patient to me, professional, and respectful of my situation,” Kennedy said. Benjamin was born at 5:16 a.m. Jan. 28 and is now happy and at home with Kennedy and her partner.