Meredith's Story My team was so wonderful and kept me calm and safe during a very scary time for me.

Meredith

"My name is Meredith and my sweet first baby daughter, Luna Josephine, was born on December 21, 2016, at CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth in Beaumont, Texas. Getting pregnant was very difficult for me due to battling Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) for 10 years prior. After trying for so long to get pregnant, I thought I knew everything about labor, delivery and becoming a mom. I was well researched and thought I was prepared for almost anything. My water broke a little after midnight, 3 weeks before my due date. I had planned for a long time to have a non-medicated labor and delivery, and the nurses were supportive of my decision.

I was able to labor completely on my own and was getting close to pushing until my OB came in to check me and found my baby to be breech. I was already completely dilated at that point and was rushed back for a Cesarean. My team was so wonderful and kept me calm and safe during a very scary time for me. Luna was very small and was immediately taken for evaluation after delivery which limited our skin to skin time. However, we made up for lost time by rooming in together. Holding her and having her so near by after dreaming of a baby for so long was absolutely magical. Nursing was a challenge because her mouth was so petite, but the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) nurses I worked with were outstanding.

Brooke, Amanda, and Stacie were beyond helpful, encouraging, and went way above required nursing duties in order to help me achieve a successful breastfeeding journey. This was by far my favorite part of my Labor and Delivery (L&D) experience. The breastfeeding outpatient clinic has helped me several times, and Brooke has answered many, many questions throughout the year. Luna and I have just reached our one year breastfeeding milestone, and it would not have been achieved without the help and support I received. I would absolutely recommend Dr. Bost and the team at CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth.”