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Meet Merrick: A Finley Baby

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Merrick Brotzman was born at UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital on April 20, 2020.
My name: Shanna Brotzman
My baby's name: Merrick Brotzman
Weight/Length: 9 pounds, 6 ounces, 21 inches long
Hometown: Dubuque, IA
Birthdate: April 20, 2020

Our favorite nurse during our stay at Finley was Laura, our daytime delivery nurse on April 20, 2020. Laura was friendly, caring and funny. Even during labor, she was lighthearted but still kept me focused and talked me through some of the extremely difficult and painful parts of the birthing experience when all I wanted to do was give up. From the moment we were admitted, Laura put our nerves at ease. We were concerned about COVID-19 during our stay, and she reassured us that there were no positive cases in the hospital at that time on the maternity floor. She even explained the protocol if/when a maternity patient would test positive and the steps they have in place to isolate the patient. What we appreciated most during our stay was how all the nurses and providers kept their composure and did their jobs as normal, considering the circumstances surrounding the current pandemic. It has got to be a very stressful time to be a nurse/doctor during times like these and not a single provider acted like it phased them, even considering all of the extra PPE they had to wear, which had to be extremely uncomfortable. Our healthcare workers are true heroes during this time, and we couldn't be more thankful for the excellent care we received from those at Finley Hospital! It was certainly a different birth experience due to the pandemic and not being able to have our family and friends come visit, but the nurses and providers really made our stay comfortable! Thank you again to all of the nurses who provided us with great care! 

-The Brotzmans,
Shanna, Billy and Merrick