DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Tripp McCaghren is the son of Keith and Sarah and little brother to sister, McKinley. While his big sister was born in Huntsville, his parents are Danville residents and decided closer was better.
"It's been really nice because we have a lot of family who can't travel. And we had our first child in Huntsville and it was hard for everybody to come and see her. And we kind of missed out on getting to share all those special moments," said mom, Sarah.
Sarah said this birth saw grandparents and extended family able to welcome Tripp into the world. Sarah is also a nurse. She said having HER doctor close for follow up visits is also comforting.
"That was challenging trying to drive 45 minutes with a new baby," she said.
Tripp's timing was pretty good. Labor and delivery doctors, nurses, and services are transferring from the Parkway campus to the old Decatur General Campus.
Marie Burgess is the RN Director.
"We were designed with more LDR rooms. The history of us is we were doing 150 to 200 deliveries prior to a lot of things that happened. The numbers with both campuses right now is a hundred a month," said Burgess.
Parkway's facility is not as large as Decatur General's, and space was a big factor.
"We are already starting to pull staff from across town and get them trained on the computers and get them comfortable with the new unit," said Burgess.
New is the key. Burgess said there are upgrades everywhere.
"We have upgraded our computer systems. We have upgraded our fetal security systems, our fetal surveillance systems," she said.
That is comforting news for new parents, like Sarah.
"We're trying to follow the latest trends. We want everyone to feel like this is home away from home," Burgess said.
And for a new son, that means his parents will have their local support system on hand.
Ask any new mother, and she will tell you when it comes to birthing a baby, timing is everything.
And a short trip beats a long one any day.