Meet Walker: A Finley Baby
My name: Heather Lehman
My baby's name: Walker John Lehman
Weight/Length: 7 pounds, 5 ounces, 20.25 inches long
Hometown: Guttenberg, IA
Birthdate: June 18, 2020
Favorite Nurse: Barb
What I Liked Most About My Stay: They made us feel so comfortable. My nurse was always checking in and making sure me and my husband were good and had everything we needed. During these crazy times, I was definitely nervous to be in the hospital delivering a newborn! But our nurses took that nervousness away and just made us feel like whatever was going on outside our room wasn't happening!
Words of Wisdom: If you can, get the epidural before your labor pains get too extreme! With my first, I waited until they were so intense that I couldn't sit still and it took a long time to get it put in because of it. This time around when the contractions started to get pretty intense, but still a little manageable, I asked for the epidural (good thing I did, because they were really busy and I may not have gotten one in time if I waited and asked for it later). It made the experience so much more manageable. I could sit still enough for them to put the epidural in and it helped me through the rest of the labor and made it so smooth.
Story About Birth Care Experience: Again, with the pandemic, I was so nervous to be in the hospital, but once we were there, the nurses and staff made us feel so comfortable. I cannot thank them enough for being so kind and accommodating during the whole stay! This labor went smoother than my first and I feel a lot of it had to do with the great nurses we had! The first night after our son was born, he was wanting to breastfeed from 10pm-12:30am. I didn't know what to do. I didn't breastfeed with my first, so I was confused as to why he was still wanting to eat and for that long period of time! The nurse came in, and she asked if I wanted help and to take him for a bit. I broke down in tears, I was so emotional. I felt so defeated not being able to figure out why he was crying and trying to figure out this breastfeeding thing! I felt like I was a mom already and that I should know how to do all of this. She sat there and held my hand, gave me some much-needed advice, and I'll be forever grateful for her. She didn't make me feel stupid or talk down to me, she was so compassionate. All the nurses in the OB department are and that is why we LOVE Finley Hospital! The entire experience was great.