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Emily Gruber

Patient

My husband and I checked into the hospital on Friday, May 24, 2013 just before 7 am. We had our baby boy later that day at 2:09 pm. We checked out on Sunday at around 11 am. I am lucky in that this was my first time checking into a hospital. We had heard terrific things about the hospital from other people we know who had their children at AMH, and our experience was wonderful, as well. All the staff members we interacted with were great.

The nurses in triage were very nice and made us feel comfortable during that initial check in stage. Our labor and delivery nurse Tara was absolutely amazing. She was so sweet and always willing to answer any questions we had. The most difficult part for me was when I got dilated to probably about 8 cm (I was last checked at 6 cm) and decided I needed the epidural. I was in a lot of pain while waiting (I only had to wait about 20 minutes, but it felt longer due to the pain. Part of the reason I delayed my decision was it was my first delivery and given that it was during the day, there were more anesthesiologists available versus overnight). Tara helped keep me calm while the anesthesiologist was injecting me and I was contracting. Tara ended up in another delivery room when it was time for me to start pushing, but we saw her afterwards. During the delivery, we had another nurse named Louise who coached me through it and was awesome. She also helped get my baby latched on right away so he could nurse. I really appreciate that they did what they could to get him to nurse since we wanted to breastfeed if at all possible. Dr. Knight was also terrific; I hadn't met her at any of my doctors' appointments previously but I knew I was in good hands.

Once we were in our overnight room, we met some more terrific nurses. Darlene Dicola was very helpful with the teaching aspects. I also want to add that Ryan in Nutrition was so great. He stopped in several times during our stay to bring my meal or pick up a tray and was always so friendly and a pleasure to see. The Tuesday after discharge, I received a call from Beverly, a lactation nurse. It was perfect timing because I was about to pump per the pediatrician's recommendation due to being extremely uncomfortable. She and I were on the phone for a long while; she was answering a lot of questions that I'd had and her insight was very helpful. She got me the information for the Breastfeeding Resource Center so I could go in for a consultation, which I did two days later and found extremely worthwhile. Our baby did terrific with gaining the weight he needed to largely thanks to the help, guidance and support my husband and I received. By the time we checked out, we felt prepared to leave rather than terrified as many new parents probably feel. We will certainly recommend AMH to anyone who is not sure where they want to deliver and if we have another child we will definitely look to come back. Thank you!