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Crestwood Medical Center lauded for maternity care

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Crestwood Medical Center is breaking new ground for quality of care, which nets high numbers for good patient outcomes.

"These things drive lower admission rates to the NICU. They drive lower c-section rates which carry a high risk to mothers. So that decreases infection rates, re-admission rates," said registered nurse Molly Harvey is the manager of women's and children's services at Crestwood.

Harvey said when a patient's water breaks, they come directly to the OB unit on the second floor.

"We put patients in triage rooms, sometimes, we can test to make sure the water has broke, make sure that they're in labor and they will be moved to a labor bed," she said.

She said after they've assessed the patient, they call their physician to let them know they're here and what's going on with the patient.

Harvey said one very important asset when it comes to this concept has to do with the mother's birth plan.

"It could be that they want a sibling to give the first bath. It could be that they don't want any separation from their baby. It could be that they want to ambulate during labor," she said.

But as mother of two, Carrie Taylor can tell you it doesn't always work as planned. She has given birth before, but this time she needed an emergency c-section.

"It was really important to me to sort of switch gears with my husband, if you will, switch places with him. I really didn't want to be alone in the operating room, so they actually let my grandmother come in when Michael, my husband went with the baby, to give her her first bath," said Taylor.

The busy mom thought she had everything mapped out.

"We had certain goals going into it, and again, Baby Claire had different plans," she said.

The hospital's program must be working, as it is being recognized by others, according to Harvey. She said they were awarded the Blue Distinction Plus from Blue Cross Blue Shield for maternity care.

Taylor said her birthing experience was over the top.

"They really are like family to us now," she said.

Any birth plan should be discussed with your doctor.

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