Victoria was born at UnityPoint Health – Trinity Regional Medical Center on May 22, 2020 weighing 8 pounds, 14 ounces, and measured 20 inches long. Mom, Samantha, shares a little about Victoria’s arrival below.
Forty-one weeks pregnant, Samantha and her husband, Brian McClain, arrived at Trinity on Thursday, May 21 for a scheduled induction. They got checked in and Samantha was induced shortly thereafter.
“The nurses did a good job keeping me comfortable and also made sure my husband, was comfortable and in the loop. Which I really appreciated because it’s a big day for the dads, as well,” shares Samantha.
Time passed by and Samantha didn’t seem to be progressing.
“Nothing was really happening. I wasn’t thinning and I was getting nervous about having to have a c-section. Dr. Olson was covering for Dr. Ilceski that day. She was good about checking in on me, explaining what was happening and the next steps. And she reassured me that a c-section was going to be the last resort and it would only happen if it was absolutely needed,” adds Samantha.
Finally, around 6 p.m. Samantha’s water broke on its own and things started to progress after that. Keeping a close eye on mom and baby, Samantha was ready to start pushing at 4:45 a.m.
“My deliveries with my other three kids went really smoothly. So, Victoria’s delivery was a little scary because she was turned the wrong way and when she came out her shoulders got stuck,” explains Samantha.
Thankfully, Dr. Olson and the nurses were able to help reposition Victoria and she made her grand entrance into the world around 5 a.m.
“The nurses were awesome. They did their thing and cared for Victoria, and Dr. Olson took care of me,” says Samantha.
Despite Victoria’s early morning arrival, her three older siblings were anxiously awaiting to find out if they had a new baby sister or brother.
“We didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl and had planned for our other kids to find out at the hospital. Since they weren’t able to come to the hospital, we FaceTimed our eldest daughter who went and got our other two kids and introduced them to Victoria that morning,” shares Samantha.
While it ended up being different than the McClain family had envisioned, they admit the announcement ended up being fun and special.
Theresa Webster! We really, really liked her. Kayla Francis was wonderful too. And another nurse that helped that was amazing was Kari Constable. Kari’s been a nurse for 28 years and knowing she had that many years of experience was very reassuring.
I delivered all four of my kids at Trinity. My doctor of my older three kids retired, so I decided to switch to Dr. Ilceski. I can’t say enough wonderful things about him. I think some people are hesitant to try something new (like a new doctor) but he is really, really good. He is so kind, calm and answers your questions thoroughly. And, I really like his proactive approach. I was border line pre-diabetic, so he sent me to see a nutritionist just to be cautious. I just really appreciated how he made me feel at ease.
Pediatrician/Doctor for Baby:
Dr. Votta – Other kids go to him and he is more of a “think outside the box” doctor, which I like. He finds the root of the problem and not quick to prescribe medicine.
What was it like delivering during a pandemic?
Delivery didn’t change. Care didn’t change. I feel like they’re always good about keeping it clean and safe. The hardest part was the strict visitor restrictions. I was fine not having visitors because it was more time to rest and heal. It was just hard having three kids at home and at the time not being able to go back and forth for my husband.
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