Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, limited visitor restrictions are in place in the Family Birthing Suites unit and other departments at UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital.
But, that didn’t stop Taylor Miller from having support from her family while delivering her daughter, Paisley Jean on May 10, 2021.
Taylor’s sister, Kalleigh Burton, was stationed on the top of level of Finley Hospital’s parking ramp with signs encouraging her sister during her delivery.
“It was very exciting,” Taylor said. “She’s been there for me from the get go. We FaceTimed her right after her [Paisley] was born. She told me all of the good things I did and how she was proud of me for delivering my baby. She was very encouraging.”
Kalleigh knew she wasn’t going to miss out on this exciting moment in her sister’s life, especially when it was her new niece being welcomed into the world.
“I knew I had to be there somehow, someway,” Kalleigh said. “Taylor’s pregnancy really brought us together. I wanted to be there to support her and give people something to smile about.”
During her stay at Finley Hospital, Taylor was grateful for the support from her care team, including Dr. Sara Hirsch of Dubuque Obstetrics & Gynecology.
That support led to a positive pregnancy and delivery for Taylor.
“It was a whirlwind having delivered in under three hours,” Taylor said. “I was always being attended to and checked up on. The staff was good at explaining what they were doing.”
Taylor received education on breastfeeding from a few of the breastfeeding experts in the Family Birthing Suites units, as most nurses are certified lactation consultants and are able to assist moms with breastfeeding their newborn.
“They really helped me with my breastfeeding,” Taylor said. “As a mom, it meant a lot to learn from the nurses and get tips on breastfeeding.”
With Taylor and Paisley being at home, she isn’t going to forget her recent experience in the Family Birthing Suites at Finley Hospital.
For Taylor, it was the unwavering support she felt from her care team that she will never forget.
“I’m always going to remember how generous and nice the nurses and doctors were,” Taylor said. “The fact that they were always coming in and checking on me was really nice.”