Jon and Molly’s daughter, Collins, was due on June 29. Just in case, they had also arranged an induction date of July 1.
“After labor did not begin naturally, we came to Crossing Rivers Health on July 1 to start the induction process. After about 24 hours, things were not progressing the way they should have been."
Molly was showing symptoms of preeclampsia.
“The nurses and our provider explained what preeclampsia was and how severe it could be. We made the decision to take action while we knew mom and baby were healthy, and take the necessary steps to have the baby born that night.”
Jon felt that it was difficult because he comes from such a different professional background than the medical field.
“At times, I would ask questions, or I would have concerns over what we were doing, but the staff, providers, and nurses always answered my questions. They included me in decisions and made me feel like I was part of it. For me, it was really clear, and I appreciated it. I’m happy to say that in the end, we have a healthy mom and a healthy baby.”
Jon, Molly, and Collins were at Crossing Rivers Health for five nights and 10 shift changes.
“The level of care never changed. There was never a time where we went through a shift change that the level of care dropped off or nurses were not brought up-to-speed. Overall, it was just a really positive experience. When we received our discharge instructions, I asked our nurse how much rent would be because we enjoyed our experience that much.”
My wife as an OB nurse
Going through that intense experience gave Jon a new appreciation for Molly’s chosen career.
“I’ve always been really proud of the fact that Molly’s a nurse. It’s a demanding field, but I don’t think I had an appreciation for what it was day-to-day that she does and the demands of the career. Being here, going through that experience, and seeing not only what it takes to be a nurse – but a great nurse – and provide that high level of care, gave me a whole new appreciation. It’s high-level intensity, high-pressure situations, and clear decision making in the face of that pressure, all while dealing with everything else that comes with treating a patient. You’re caring for one person, but at the same time, you’re dealing with multiple lives and something that dramatically impacts an entire family. It opened my eyes to what she does on those long shifts and long hours. Our situation confirmed even more that I couldn’t do what she does, and I’m so proud of Molly for doing it.”