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Ahead of schedule

May 20

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The Paynes

The Payne FamilyCallie Payne’s pregnancy was smooth sailing with no sickness or difficulties. She was three weeks from her due date and looking forward to her baby shower with co-workers at Texas State University. Her husband, Justin, a relationship manager at Frost Bank, was counting the days to meeting his son. 

At Callie’s 37-week appointment, her blood pressure was very high. After waiting and checking again, it was still elevated. Her obstetrician, Dr. Kari Fay, admitted Callie into the hospital for overnight observation. Later that night, Dr. Fay decided to induce labor to protect the health of Callie and her baby. 

Before the induction could begin, the baby’s heart rate dropped off. The plans changed immediately. Justin recalls Dr. Fay saying, “We’re having a baby,” as Callie was prepped for a cesarean section.

What could have been a very traumatizing turn of events for the couple was managed by the medical team in the Labor & Delivery suite. “The nurses kept our moods relaxed and light, and the anesthesiologist explained every step thoroughly.”

Callie shared, “I stayed focused on my breathing and the things we’d learned in our childbirth classes. Our instructor had covered cesarean sections, and we knew exactly what the process would be like. That knowledge really kept me calm.”

Easton Scott Payne was born soon after on November 18 weighing 4 lbs. His APGAR scores were solid, but his weight and blood sugar meant that he would spend time in CTMC’s NICU down the hall. 

“The NICU nurses were great,” Callie said. “They loved on Easton and they clearly enjoyed holding him. It meant a lot to us that they would ask, ‘How are YOU doing?’ They know the struggle of being NICU parents. We knew all of the nurses by name and they took special care of us even though were weren’t the patients. Every single one of them was amazing.”

Justin recalls, “Dr. Mazursky was our neonatal doctor, and he was so personable. He kept us informed about any changes and all of the plans for Easton’s care.”

Callie appreciated the focused breastfeeding instruction she received from Lactation Coordinator LeAnn Goetsch. Goetsch even called to check on Callie after Easton went home.

When the Paynes were considering a hospital for their delivery, Justin recalled touring CTMC as part of his Chamber of Commerce experience. “I was impressed with the rooms and the modern layout and everyone I met on the tour.  And, as it turned out, it was perfectly convenient during the 3-week NICU stay to be so close to home and work.”

by the medical team in the Labor and Delivery suite. “The nurses kept our moods relaxed and light, and the anesthesiologist explained every step thoroughly.”

Callie shared, “I stayed focused on my breathing and the things we’d learned in our childbirth classes. Our instructor had covered cesarean sections, and we knew what the process would be like. That really kept Justin calm.”

Easton Scott Payne was born soon after on November 18 weighing 4 lbs. His APGAR scores were solid, but his weight and blood sugar meant that he would spend time in CTMC’s Neonatal Intenstive Care Unit down the hall. 

“The NICU nurses were great,” Callie said. “They loved on Easton and they clearly enjoyed holding him. It meant a lot to us that they would ask, ‘How are YOU doing?’ They know the struggle of being NICU parents. We knew all of the nurses by name, and they took special care of us even though were weren’t the patients. Every single one of them was amazing.”

Justin recalls, “Dr. Mazursky and Dr. Romeu were our neonatal doctors. They were so personable and kept us informed about any changes and all of the plans for Easton’s care.”

Callie appreciated the focused breastfeeding instruction she received from Lactation Coordinator LeAnn Goetsch. Goetsch even called to check on Callie after Easton went home.

When the Paynes were considering a hospital for their delivery, Justin recalled touring CTMC as part of his Chamber of Commerce experience. “I was impressed with the rooms and the modern layout and everyone I met on the tour.  And, as it turned out, it was perfectly convenient during the 3-week NICU stay to be so close to home and work.”

Women’s Center Director Avis Caldwell notes, “Preparation is key. We offer childbirth classes and supplemental education to prepare you for your big day. But if something doesn’t go according to plan, our team is skillfully trained to meet any need that arises. We want your baby’s birthday to be as relaxing and special as possible for you. That’s our goal.”

The Montgomerys

The Montgomery Family

Richard and Sarah Montgomery were a month away from their due date on the opening night of Sights and Sounds of Christmas.  They were planning to watch Sarah’s 4th grade Hernandez Elementary students sing Christmas carols.  Suddenly, Sarah went into labor and within a couple of hours, she had delivered daughter Sloane Charlotte at Central Texas Medical Center. Sloane weighed a little over 5 lbs, and she experienced premature apnea episodes, which led to a 17-day NICU stay.

Sarah recalls, “Our birth experience was so great. The Women’s Center has a very holistic approach and they really foster family bonding. Even though Sloane was premature, we were able to have skin-to-skin contact and she stayed in our room whenever it was possible.”

Richard shared, “It was an immediate parent bootcamp with two NICU nurses and a breastfeeding specialist. They explained everything thoroughly, including the rationale behind it. The staff was so calming and assuring.”

“This is just a great hospital we have here,” he adds. “We took advantage of the birthing and first aid classes and the breastfeeding support. Now we know why our friends raved about CTMC.”

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