Our maternal fetal medicine physician also thought it would be helpful for us to meet with one of the neonatologists who works at the hospitals. This way, we would know what to expect in the minutes, hours, and days after Isaiah is born. We thought this was a great idea as well, and we were excited to see what he had to say, but also very nervous. These kinds of things can be hard to talk about.
We instantly liked the neonatologist that we met with. He was kind and very caring toward us. He talked to us in a way that put us at ease. We also got to meet with a social worker from the hospital at this appointment, and she was great as well. We felt comfortable talking about our baby with them.
The first thing they did was ask us our baby’s name. I thought this was so kind and respectful. They talked about him just like he was there in the room with us (which he was). They explained what we can expect when Isaiah is born. They explained that while all babies are different, some common things that Isaiah may need help with include breathing and eating.
They explained what would happen at the hospital. He would need to be taken care of there until we are comfortable enough to take him home with us. They explained that we would have many skilled nurses and assistants there to teach us everything we needed to know. When and if he does get to go home with us, they will help us every step of the way to make sure we have everything we need for him.
They talked about creating a birthing plan, so our doctors and nurses will know exactly what we want when we show up at the hospital and I am in labor. This way, they can make sure all of our needs are met and that we are comfortable and taken care of. They really understand how important it is for us to spend time with our baby right away, and they will do their best to make that happen for us, and to make it a special experience.
Talking with them made us more confident in what we can expect when the big day comes. We grew more excited to meet him, because we were less worried about what would happen. No one can predict exactly how it will go, but we are confident that no matter what happens, we will be taken care of; not only by the hospital staff, but also by God.
Isaiah, we can’t wait to meet you (but don’t come too early)!