“Everyone at Fairview made me feel super comfortable," Andreya says. “They brought me to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to show me around and explain everything that could happen, since my baby was going to be a preemie.”
On her sixth day in the hospital – the day her mom was coming home – Andreya’s health continued to decline.
The next morning, Dr. Landers recommended that Andreya be induced, for her safety and the baby's.
“They ripened my cervix and I had contractions, but nothing was happening,” Andreya says. “We ended up waiting two days to see if anything progressed, but it didn’t.”
That meant delivering the baby by cesarean section.
“Luckily, my baby boy, Elijah, was born healthy – crying and breathing on his own,” Andreya says. “He only had to be on CPAP (a device to help him breathe) for one day, and then he was fine without it!”
But Andreya wasn't fine. She was still in a lot of pain, her blood pressure wasn’t stable, and she was still at risk for seizures.
“I was so lightheaded I couldn’t stand up for two days,” she recalls. “Those two days were hard, because I couldn’t go to the NICU to visit Elijah."
On her fifth day postpartum, Andreya could've gone home. But since Elijah still wasn't out of the woods, she moved into the NICU with him.
“It was great that Fairview Southdale allows parents to board with their babies if they’re born premature,” Andreya says. “I knew that I would be taken care of and so would my baby.”
Having toured several hospitals around the metro and knowing that family members had delivered their babies at Fairview Southdale, Andreya was happy she did, too.
“My care team made me feel like a person, not just a number,” Andreya says. “Not only was The Birthplace a great place to stay – with nice rooms and amenities – but the staff made me feel like my experience mattered. They let me request nurses I was already comfortable with, they kept my mom super informed, and they helped me with everything my boyfriend, Joey, and I needed throughout our entire stay.”
That didn't stop when she moved into the NICU.
“All the nurses from The Birthplace would come check on Elijah and me,” Andreya says. “I also loved the NICU staff. Becky, my nurse practitioner, would always come in and tell Joey and me how Elijah was progressing, and what needed to happen in order for Elijah to go home.”
The doctors estimated that baby Elijah would have to stay until his original due date, which would mean eight weeks in the NICU. Fortunately, Elijah was strong enough to leave in half that time.
“He was 3 pounds 12 ounces at birth," Andreya says, "and 5 pounds 1 ounce when he left the hospital.”
If you’re looking for a care team that will go above and beyond for you, book a tour of The Birthplace at Fairview.