Two Very Different Births

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Rakhi Domini

“I wanted to make sure that if there were any complications, my baby and I would get the best care possible.”

I chose to have my first baby at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas because it is one of the best hospitals in Houston. I wanted to make sure that if there were any complications, my baby and I would get the best care possible. Because no matter how much you prepare, anything can happen during delivery.

During labor with my daughter in 2009, I had to have an emergency c-section because she was in distress. Anesthesia, available 24 hours a day, was immediately ready. Meanwhile, the nurses in L&D worked to get me ready. Mary Garcia, my assigned nurse, had been carefully monitoring my baby’s heart beat. It all happened so fast.

My daughter had to spend five days in the Level II NICU because she had trouble coordinating breathing while eating. The nurses there gave her the same loving care that I would have given her myself. Breastfeeding was very important to me, so the nurses and lactation consultants helped me to establish a rhythm by the time we went home.

The postpartum nurses were great and helped my learn how to get around after a c-section so I would be able to take care of my baby at home. Even though I had to go back to work, the lactation department helped me to continue nursing up until she was nine months old.

When it was time for my son to be born, I already knew right where I wanted to deliver: at Woman’s. The second time around, my c-section would be scheduled, and a stay in the NICU wasn’t necessary. But knowing emergency specialist intervention was available put my heart at rest. It meant I could just focus on the birth of my baby.

Rakhi Domini

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