Texas Health Southwest Gives Mom ‘Great Birthing Story’

The only real expectations mom-to-be Kelly Burns had for her first birth experience were to be well cared for while in the hospital and to have things go smoothly. Although she ultimately encountered a few bumps in the road prior to baby Caleb’s arrival, Kelly gives the clinical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth a huge “thumbs up” for their support of her in her journey.

After experiencing some pre-term labor issues and being closely monitored throughout her pregnancy, Kelly was ready to proceed to delivery when her water broke. She was admitted to Texas Health Southwest’s Labor and Delivery area at 7 p.m. on a Wednesday evening to prepare for contractions. When labor didn’t progress as it should have by noon the next day, talk of a C-section delivery began.

“Dr. [Peter] Irwin explained to me why I would more than likely need a C-section, and the L&D nurses answered all of the lingering questions I had: ‘Can my husband come back with me for the procedure? Is my baby okay, since it sounds like he’s stuck in the birth canal? How does this change my recovery time?’” Kelly said. “This was my first baby and I had no clue what I was doing. The nurses made sure I understood what was happening with my body. If it weren’t for them taking the time to explain the details to me, I probably would have had a panic attack. I even asked my day nurse to pray with me before I went back for my delivery. We bowed our heads and prayed a sweet, simple prayer for a safe delivery. It was in that moment that I was really able to relax and prepare to become a mommy!”

Kelly also credits her anesthesia nurse with helping get her through to delivery, especially when she became ill from a reaction to the epidural.

“She held my hand and rubbed my forehead with a cold cloth. It was very scary as a patient, but she made me feel much better by talking to me every step of the way. She was a little angel in pink scrubs,” Kelly remembered.

It wasn’t long before the 33-year-old and her husband welcomed their son into the world. Little Caleb was born healthy at 8 pounds, 4 ounces. Mom was healthy as well.

Next came an important decision regarding breastfeeding. Kelly had read tons of materials about how “breast is best,” but she knew realistically that breastfeeding wasn’t going to be the way to go for her family. As a full-time working mom, Kelly said she was worried about having the energy to pump, nurse, feed and be up all night with Caleb. She expected that this decision might not please the hospital’s postpartum nurses, but she instead found them to be very supportive.

As someone who works around patient satisfaction metrics on a daily basis in her job, Kelly is well-aware of what the standard of care should be in a hospital environment. She is grateful to the clinical staff at Texas Health Southwest for exceeding all of her expectations, and for having left her with a great birthing story to tell.

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