Stevie's Story My name is Stevie and baby Oliver was born September 3, 2017. He is my first baby and he decided to arrive right after Hurricane Harvey when the city of Beaumont did not have water.

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“My name is Stevie and baby Oliver was born September 3, 2017. He is my first baby and he decided to arrive right after Hurricane Harvey when the city of Beaumont did not have water. My water broke at home and I had a vaginal delivery at CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital with an epidural following the start of Pitocin. My L&D nurses (Sydney and Melissa) were amazing! I was nervous since it was my first baby and Beaumont didn’t have water, but they were right there with me every step of the way. I had a few complications toward the end. The baby was positioned incorrectly but Sydney helped me make it through (we tried everything to get him to turn and come down) and Oliver was born after 2 hours of pushing. And we were so excited to avoid a C-section (especially since the hospital had no water).

Doctor Rising delivered Oliver. It was my first time meeting him and he made me feel comfortable and confident. (Dr. Pieternelle is my Ob/Gyn and he was wonderful throughout my pregnancy). I have nothing but great memories of my hospital staff even during a tough labor and delivery. Oliver was immediately placed on my chest after delivery and it was such a special moment. He then was weighed and measured and they gave him right back. He was sucking his thumb so we latched him on the breast right away and he did great. Our skin-to-skin “golden hour” probably lasted a little longer because he wanted to be latched, but I didn’t mind. I was so in love. We stayed skin-to-skin throughout most of our hospital stay thanks to rooming-in with baby. Dad (Matt) got his skin-to-skin too so I could rest. Wendy Mullins was Oliver’s pediatric nurse and I can’t say enough good things about her. I didn’t have my mother to help, and she showed me some techniques to help with baby Oliver. I’m forever grateful for her.

Ashleigh (lactation consultant) helped with my latch and positioning, holding my breast correctly and teaching me how to listen for swallowing, etc. I still seek her for advice in breastfeeding. We have been exclusively breastfeeding for 4 months and I am so proud of it! My goal is to surpass one year breastfeeding Oliver. I think taking the breastfeeding course at CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth and having a Lactation Consultant there after the birth helps tremendously. I know my success in breastfeeding stemmed from the awesome nurses, rooming-in with Oliver and limiting visitors during our stay (thank you Hurricane Harvey). I highly recommend CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth for labor and delivery in Southeast Texas.”