Kristina was a little bit older when she found out she was pregnant with her first baby, and early in the pregnancy, she was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. She had her heart set on working with a midwife model of care for her delivery, but knew she needed to be at a hospital for the medical side of things. She found both at Jefferson Hospital.
“I’m a nurse, and had heard great things about the labor and delivery team at Jefferson, and the rooms were brand new and gorgeous. I live over an hour away, but it’s worth it.”
During her pregnancy, Kristina visited the maternal fetal medicine specialists at West Penn Hospital to monitor her and the baby. She says her midwives handled everything and worked closely with the specialists to coordinate care as a team. Together they developed a birth plan, which Kristina kept flexible because she knew things don’t always go as planned.
Towards the end of her pregnancy, Kristina had to have a lot of extra testing and ultrasounds to make sure everything was okay. When she went in for her last appointment, the doctors weren’t really happy with how the baby appeared. Kristina was scheduled to be induced a few days later, but the team decided she shouldn’t wait. She would be induced that day.
“It was kind of a surprise. But the midwives were there, and they stayed there the whole time with me. We talked about what we were going to do. It was wonderful to have that support and that made all the difference.”
It was important to Kristina that she be allowed to birth naturally without an epidural, and to be able to move around if she needed to while still being attached to the monitors that watched the baby. She labored for six hours, moving, monitored, and without an epidural, and gave birth to a baby girl named Savannah.
Two weeks later as a new mom, Kristina saw the midwives for a checkup.