It was really reassuring that she would be getting such specialized care

Ruth and Jeremy VanNocker, Family Member

Ruth VanNocker, Mom

I was 35 weeks along in my pregnancy, when I went to Bronson Battle Creek for a stress test. They were monitoring the baby, and her heart rate kept fluctuating. I was dehydrated and my blood pressure was up. The doctor noticed the baby’s heart fluctuations were getting closer together. The doctor at the Battle Creek BirthPlace consulted the neonatal experts in Kalamazoo and determined I needed to have an emergency C-section.

I was nervous and my adrenaline was pumping. I kept thinking -what is happening? This is not what we had planned. But the nurses were right there and they answered every question. Then, after the baby was out, I remember hearing her cry for the first time and I was relieved. My husband, Jeremy, said “She is ok, she’s just little.” Olivia weighed 3 pounds, 12 ounces. The doctor explained that because she was a preemie and she was so small, she would need to go to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Bronson Children’s Hospital in Kalamazoo. It made me feel better and it was really reassuring that she would be getting such specialized care. The transport team got there really quickly to take Olivia to the NICU. A week and a half later, she now weighs 4 pounds, 5 ounces, and just keeps growing. All the nurses and staff, everyone we have encountered have been awesome.

Jeremy VanNocker, Dad

Shortly after Olivia was born, the doctor came in to evaluate her. The doctor contacted the nurses from the NICU [Neonatal Intensive Care Unit] in Kalamazoo who came to Battle Creek to pick up Olivia. The transport nurses talked to us and told us what was going to happen. They moved Olivia to Kalamazoo aboard the special ambulance. They laid out everything about where they were taking her, and gave me directions on where to go. It was an easy transition. I wonder if they didn’t have that ambulance would she have gotten there as quickly. Since the start, there has been unbelievable care that has gone into looking after us.

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