We are forever grateful to Bronson for always having Emery’s best interests in mind

Sam Breithaupt, Family Member

After finding out I was pregnant with my first child, I began receiving prenatal care with Bronson OB/GYN Associates in Portage. At my 12-week ultrasound the physician assistant Lindsay Remmler explained that some of the baby’s measurements were abnormal. We were referred to Bronson Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Kalamazoo where my husband and I learned our baby may have Down syndrome.

Throughout my pregnancy I had a 50 percent chance of miscarriage, so my obstetrician coordinated with Bronson Maternal-Fetal Medicine to make sure I had the best care possible. We also met with an amazing genetics counselor, Nicole Wright, several times to help us prepare for the possible services we might need and possible complications we might face.

With so many appointments and tests to keep track of, I practically lived on MyChart!

Fortunately, I carried my daughter, Emery, to term, and she was delivered via C-section at Bronson BirthPlace in Kalamazoo. Shortly after her delivery, it was confirmed she had Down syndrome as well as a heart defect. We were able to take her home but knew she would need surgery in about six months.

While at home, nursing was difficult because babies with Down syndrome often have low muscle tone. We worked with Bronson lactation consultants who were super helpful!

At around 5 months old, Emery developed respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and was admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Bronson Children’s Hospital. Because of the complexity of her breathing difficulties and her heart defect, she was referred to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital where she underwent open heart surgery. The surgery was successful and now Emery gets her follow-up care with Bronson pediatric cardiologists, Dr. James Loker and Dr. Robin Fountain. They are wonderful!

After spending so much time in the hospital, Emery’s doctors recommended she receive physical therapy through the Bronson Athletic Club and Bronson At Home. They worked with her two or three times per week. Eventually, she started crawling and sitting up on her own. It was awesome what they were able to help with. With therapy, she got right back on track with her development.

Since that first ultrasound, Bronson providers have given us excellent medical care and emotional support. They’ve helped calm me down during extra scary times and have always explained the health risks Emery has faced without making us feel as if Down syndrome is a negative condition. They have specialized her care while focusing on everything she can or will eventually be able to do.

Receiving the majority of Emery’s care at Bronson has been a huge blessing. They have all of her medical history connected on an electronic health record that I can access through MyChart, so I know she is always receiving the best treatment based on her individual needs.

We are forever grateful to Bronson for always having Emery’s best interests in mind.

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