Monette J., 30
Starting a family was something Monette had dreamed of since her wedding two years ago. “As soon as I found out we were expecting our first baby, I was excited about the experience ahead of me – even the delivery,” she said. As her tummy expanded, Monette continued doing her part to eat healthy, practiced yoga and managed stress. She also spent time learning about her birth options. Natural childbirth was important to Monette. No drugs. No C-section if possible. She didn’t want this experience to feel like a medical treatment.
“I was flipping through a magazine at my doctor’s office one day,” Monette said, “and I saw an ad for Bon Secours. So I scheduled a birthing center tour.” She was happy to know that Bon Secours has a low C-section rate and many of their services would allow her to experience labor her way, such as a water birth. What especially attracted her was that all Bon Secours hospitals support the 39-week initiative, which prevents elective inductions prior to 39 weeks of pregnancy. Monette was pleased that the hospital supported midwives and could provide exceptional mother-baby care before, during and after giving birth. “My baby never left my side after he was born,” said Monette. “Instead of being wheeled off to the nursery, we were able to keep him in the room with us. It was such a special time.”