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by SSHMaternity on 10/09/2014 at 6:07 AM

I had Mary Hogan Donaldson for my midwife and just the way she made me felt and how I wanted a natural birth. I felt she went above and beyond between helping me bath and sooth my contractions until it was time. And she kept everything calm. Also after giving birth she helped me to clean up and breast feed my son. She truly was the best for me.


I am currently 31 weeks pregnant and have been calling South Shore Hospital my home by being on bed rest for almost 3 weeks. Even though I have not had my baby yet, I am so thankful for the support of the midwives! Since I am now considered a high risk pregnancy, they are no longer in charge of my direct care, but they still stop by to check in on me and want to help in any and every way possible! They are concerned not only about the health of my baby, but about my entire body’s well-being and have helped process this unexpected and scary experience. Nannette is teaching me how knitting is a great use of time and has helped me learn and get started on a baby blanket for my little guy! She has given me so many helpful resources and things to make the time go by faster. Like I said, I am so grateful for the support of the midwives during this time, they really are awesome! 


I had the most amazing experience working with the midwives and nurses at SSH...mainly Mary, Julie and Jess. I was determined to deliver naturally and didn't want any interventions. They were all so supportive of this decision. Mary was my main provider during my pregnancy. She was so supportive and informative (and funny) but also hands off in a good way. I had a great pregnancy for the most part and appreciated the midwife approach of honoring the body and trusting it more than we normally do. Jess was the one to actually deliver my baby. Her words of encouragement and guidance in how to push the right way made a world of difference. I was so happy I was able to get support from them and that I was able to labor and give birth the way I wanted. I'm forever grateful!


I was lucky enough to work with Nannette Landry through my pregnancy, she became like a second mother to me. She was beyond anything I could've hoped for, and despite my fears of delivering in a hospital...the midwifed and nurses at south shore were absolutely amazing. My partner and I were both so impressed with the maternity team as a whole. We had such a fantastic experience and I can't wait to deliver baby #2 with the midwife team at south shore!


I loved having both of my babies at south shore hospital. The midwives were amazing. They followed my plan and never gave up on me. They checked on me after my births also. They felt like part of my family. Thank you for the amazing experience.


 Mary is amazing. I don't have enough kind words to say about her! She gave me the birth of my dreams & I couldn't have done it without her encouragement!


After losing my mother four months pregnant with my son, I did not think I could possibly get through it. With the help of Nannette Landry and many of the other midwives at South Shore Hospital, I would not have had it any other way. When I first met Nannette at 4 months pregnant, I told her I had just lost my mother. She held me so tight I thought I had known her for years. She suggested many helpful things to me which I followed through with my entire pregnancy. At 41 weeks and 5 days pregnant, I was called in for my induction. My son was not dropping and I was only a fingertip dilated for a couple weeks. After multiple non-stress tests and ultrasounds, we decided it was time to evict my little man. I was very much ready to meet my son. I went in Monday July 7th at 1 p.m. and first met with a nurse and started Cytotec. I had 3 doses of that and did not feel my first contraction until Tuesday morning at 6 a.m. I was encouraged to walk around (which I did). As my contractions became stronger, they began Pitocin. Midwife Jessie and nurse Kara were my saving graces! Jessie rocked with me through my contractions. Helped me walk up and down the halls and showed me how to use the birth ball. When I was clearly going through severe back labor (around 7 p.m. Tuesday night) I was given some options by Jessie. I could do saline shots in my back or get Nubaine. I opted for the saline shots so that I was still able to be mobile. Jessie and Kara were very up front with me, telling me it is extremely painful but that they would help me through it. They assured me that both of them had it with their own labors. OH BOY it hurt, but it was bittersweet relief. After the initial pain (which I was well told of) I felt amazing relief from my back pain. A few hours later, I eventually retreated to the Nubaine. I did not find a lot of help with the Nubaine. I wanted to wait as long as possible to get an epidural. I finally got my epidural around 10:00 p.m. Tuesday night. At this point Midwife Mary came in. My water had broken when she was checking me and I was a lip away from pushing. Around 3 a.m. I was told I was there and could begin my pushing. I pushed and pushed for 2 hours. At some point in my pushing, my epidural had been shut off and after 2 hours I needed a break. My epidural was put back on and I was told to relax for a little bit. Mary switched with Elizabeth. We continued my pushing at 9:00 a.m.  After another 1 1/2 hours, Elizabeth asked me if she could consult with Dr. Champion. The doctor came in and explained that even after 3 1/2 hours of pushing I had made almost no progress. He would let me push for another hour, but that I was more than likely looking at a C-section. I asked to be alone with my husband. I cried as it was the last thing that I wanted. I finally decided it was the best thing for me and my baby. I was so grateful that my midwives let me try as long as they did. They encouraged me in so many ways and really gave me the opportunity. Elizabeth came back in the room and asked if I was ok. She said no one ever asked her that when she had her babies and she wished someone did. That meant so much to me. At 11:40 a.m.  Michael Henry made his grand appearance at 10 lbs. 11 oz and 22 inches long. THANK GOODNESS he came the way he did. While in the maternity floor, all of the midwives continued to check on me, helping with me everything from calming the baby down to providing back massages. They helped me through tears and gave tons of hugs. I do not think I would have been able to do it without you ladies. Nannette is such a wonderful woman. She has been an angel on earth. I honestly cannot wait to have more children simply to see these amazing women.


 I had the best experience with Nannette. She will forever be a part of my family’s lives, even if she doesn't know it. Nanette took me on a beautiful snowy day in February. I was just beginning to have contractions. She got me the best room with a window view (unbeknownst to her it was the same room I delivered my son in!) she brought twinkling lights for ambience; she was calming, confident and paid attention to all my notes on my "birthing plan". She was in tune with my progression and recognized my "signs”. She knew I was having my baby before I did! She gave me the confidence I needed to deliver without an epidural. She coached me every step of the way. To say I wouldn't want to deliver without her would be an understatement! She really made the birth of our daughter special and I’ll never forget that. Please tell her this!

-The Warner Family

October 5th, was my son's third birthday and my three year anniversary of becoming a mother. Early during my prenatal care, it became a goal of mine to have a natural childbirth with the care of a midwife alongside me. Despite having this as my birth plan, I was keeping an open mind as we all know now that anything can happen during labor. Upon admission to the hospital, my midwife was thoughtful enough to arrange for me to have the room with the tub knowing that it was my goal to have a natural childbirth. Almost immediately, I was in the tub, then the shower, then the ball and eventually all sorts of other positions laboring with the relentless and tireless support of my midwife and labor and delivery nurse. Without an epidural and after hours of pushing my son was starting to show distress and I ended up being consulted by the OB to have a cesarean. Knowing my wishes were to have a natural childbirth, both the midwife and OB supported me to continue having contractions and pushing with intervals of rest to see if there was any more progress which meant a lot to me. Unfortunately, there came a point where I had to have a cesarean for the well-being of my son. By then it was change of shift however my midwife and nurse me stayed by my side in the OR to show their support for myself, my husband and my son. Due to the stressful labor, my son had to immediately go to the NICU in order to receive glucose which prolonged our skin to skin bonding. Fortunately, as soon as I could feel my legs after surgery, my midwife arranged for my stretcher to be wheeled to the NICU in order for me to have skin to skin contact with my son and breast feed, which again meant a lot to me. The entire experience was truly filled with love, support and a feeling of team work. It was above and beyond what I had expected and it has forever changed my life. During my maternity leave, I decided to change careers, return to school and become a registered nurse in order to give back selflessly to patients the way that I was cared for during my labor experience at SSH alongside my midwife and nurse.

Thank you! Thank you!


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