It’s not often that a woman can say that she went into labor and walked to the hospital to deliver her baby. But that’s just what 32-year-old Lauren N., of Allston, Massachusetts, did to deliver her son, Gavin. When Lauren went into labor around 10 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2103, her husband, Matthew, grabbed the overnight bag and they headed to St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center’s St. Margaret’s Center for Women and Infants, two blocks away from their house.
“I kept telling my OB/GYN I was going to walk there and up that hill when I went into labor,” says Lauren. “She said ‘go for it and they would see me when I arrived.’”
Lauren arrived at the hospital just as she planned and had a smooth labor and delivery thanks to the maternity services team. According to Lauren, “All of our nurses on the labor floor were amazing and during the delivery we had a great nurse with a sense of humor similar to that of our doctor.”
Her OB/GYN, Dr. Katherine Matta, delivered Gavin at 8:57 a.m. on Monday morning just in time for her to finish up and then walked over the hospital to have her regular office hours with her other patients.
“My labor went better than I anticipated,” explains Lauren. “Just as there were no complications during the pregnancy the same was true for the labor and delivery. As I did anticipate, the delivery was a challenge, but having Dr. Matta there made it a good experience. She also said Gavin had impeccable timing.”
But, for Lauren and Matthew, the road leading up to her conceiving wasn’t as easy. Lauren had trouble getting pregnant and Dr. Matta quickly recommended another specialist so they could get things moving.
“The fact that Dr. Matta referred us quickly was a big deal,” says Lauren. “When we did become pregnant, she and the office welcomed us back with open arms.”
Overall, choosing Dr. Matta and St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center for their maternity needs worked very well for Lauren and Matthew. Lauren researched the other hospitals in the area and liked everything she read about St. Elizabeth’s, especially the level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). According to Lauren, “Having the NICU affiliated with Boston Children’s Hospital Physicians in case there were any problems was a very big factor in making our decision.”
During her post-partum stay, Lauren did encounter a few problems with nursing Gavin and worked with a lactation consultant before being discharged. They developed a plan where Lauren pumps and gives Gavin breast milk from a bottle, which has been working very well for mom and son.
“It was great having all the doctors we needed, Dr. Matta, the lactation
consultant and our pediatrician, who has privileges at the hospital
right there, every day during our stay,” says Lauren. “It made the whole
experience flawless. It’s a well-oiled machine and we couldn’t have plan
it any better than that.”
Now, Matthew and Lauren, who recently returned to work in in the pharmaceutical industry, enjoy taking Gavin on walks around the neighborhood and reflecting on the walk they took last summer’s eve that changed their lives forever.
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