Baby Zoey’s Story: Giving Birth at Humber During COVID-19
On May 30th, Rebecca was at home reading a book when she thought she felt her water break.
“But my water hadn’t broken – I realized it was blood,” she remembers, “We called an ambulance and it took me to Humber.”
Rebecca had suffered a placental abruption. Her care team made sure Rebecca was okay and reassured her that their baby was fine. She was only two weeks early, so her baby would be born full-term.
“They asked us about our birth plan, which we thought was so thoughtful, and recommended I have a C-section,” says Rebecca. “We had their full attention, they patiently explained all the risks, and as soon as we consented they leapt into action.”
“We were freaking out a little bit,” says Rebecca’s husband David. “But Dr. LaRoche and Dr. Pizzuto were so calm and professional. Everything was streamlined and they told us what was happening the whole time. Their confidence really calmed me down.”
“Then Zoey was born,” says Rebecca. “We had made a shortlist of names, and we both liked Zoey.”
Rebecca, David, and baby Zoey were brought to their single patient room to rest. David stretched out on the convertible sleeper chair to sleep, and the family stayed in their room for two nights.
“We were really happy that David could stay with me during COVID,” says Rebecca. “Because of visitor restrictions, he couldn’t leave the room, so we were assigned a Patient Family Liaison from the Hospital who could pick things up for us downstairs from Rexall and Paramount.”
Dr. Sterling, their physician, even stopped by the Hospital to check-in on them.
“Everyone at Humber, including our physicians and nurses were so kind,” says Rebecca, who was inspired to make a Gift of Gratitude in honour of her care team.
“As first-time parents every noise she makes makes us a little nervous,” says David. “We have never been so excited for poop – and we couldn’t be happier. If we ever need anything in the future, Humber is our first choice.”