CARTHAGE, Mo - Reagan Abigail Harrell made her entrance into the world at the Spradling Family Birthing unit July 9th at 5pm. She is the daughter of Kelley and Gary from Diamond. Regan’s parents had no idea that their daughter would be famous at such an early age but are looking forward to being the guests of honor at the upcoming baby shower planned for them by Mercy McCune-Brooks employees.
Since September 11, 2008, when the first baby born was born at the facility, hundreds of families have delivered at Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital. Those families have enjoyed the amenities of the state-of-the-art facility which was designed to create a homelike atmosphere. The latest technology and security systems are available in the unit, including a surgical room for C-sections, all of which helps to provide a safe and comfortable haven for each new baby.
Since 2008, the family- centered focus has not changed but the Unit has experienced growth, including the addition of both an obstetrician and pediatrician. Respiratory Services assist every birth and electronic medical records allow patient access to their records outside of the hospital, the record is also immediately available to their physicians and other Mercy facilities. Pre-natal classes have been re-designed with the busy mother and father in mind so that they can become familiar with the Birthing Unit, have their questions answered and have access to online videos and education without giving up their evenings or weekends.
Hospital employees and the community are also on board; the Quilting ladies, Wilkinson’s Pharmacy and McCune-Brooks Hospital foundation provide special gifts to each new baby. Brahm’s lullaby plays for each newborn causing employees to stop and reflect on each new life with positive thoughts and prayers.
Sandi Godfrey, R.N. Nurse Manager of the Birthing Unit welcomes new parents, expectant parents and couples that want to be parents. Godfrey says, “Come see for yourselves what we are about, you will immediately recognize the importance we place on your experience and the safe delivery of your baby. Family comments we have received make it obvious that it is the whole experience of delivery at MMBH that makes it special.” The birthing center features private birthing rooms; designed so mothers can labor, deliver, recover and bond with the new baby in the same beautiful, soothing environment. A private Jacuzzi, flat screen TV/DVD, refrigerator and plenty of room for a family member to stay over reflect the hospital’s philosophy of family-centered care. Regan’s Mom says she chose Mercy McCune-Brooks and Mercy Women’s Health because of the atmosphere she noticed as a visitor.
Mercy Women’s Health, an all female team of physicians specializing in women’s health needs, provides care for new mothers along with specially-trained nursing staff and technicians who cater to the needs of new parents. Mercy Pediatrics Carthage provides care for the infants born in the unit and follows many of them throughout their young lives.
Mercy Women’s Health physicians on staff include Maritza Manrique-Kiniry, M.D., Elizabeth Barlet, M.D., and Lydia Kiesler, M.D. Mercy Pediatric physicians include Barbara Chilton, D.O. and Joseph Mayo, M.D.
Interesting stats for the Unit include the birth of girls outnumbering boys 516 to 484, with the average weight being 8 lbs. 3 oz. Our biggest baby was 10 lbs. 11oz. and the smallest was 3 lbs. 5 oz. We have also had the honor of delivering 3 sets of twins. By coincidence, Dr. Chilton was the pediatrician for the very first baby and the 1000th baby.