Bethany: I remember when we first found out we were expecting. My husband and I were so excited to prepare to welcome our first child. We read all the books and did all the research, but there was no chapter about giving birth during a pandemic. We weren't sure what to expect going into a hospital setting during this.
While we were at Summa, we definitely felt safe. All of the appropriate measures were taken for social distancing and keeping everyone healthy. The staff at Summa was absolutely incredible. They truly embraced us and encouraged us and treated us like family. We truly believe that God hand selected every single person in that room.
I would say that we had the dream birth experience. Everything happened exactly as it was supposed to. We wouldn't change anything. And now we have little Finn to show for it.
Mariah: My name is Mariah Hunt. I am coming to my weekly Centering Parenting class. We come every other Wednesday. I'm here with my son Machiavelli who is six months, and my daughter Mckayla who is three.
Ericka: We developed our Centering Parenting Program to help the mothers throughout the first year of their babies' lives, to make sure that they make it to their first birthday healthy and happy. We talk about everything from nursing, to how to baby proof a house. We do healthy cooking classes for mom and baby.
Mariah: You leave knowing that you know enough as a mother, which is very important because we don't get told that a lot as a mom. I feel like I am a better mom because of the Centering Program. It's really empowering, and I've never experienced anything like it before. It's a true sisterhood.
Ericka: With the assistance that we offer and the love and care that we give, we are able to help them understand that giving birth and giving life is an amazing thing.
Mariah: I love it. I love it. I have not missed a class since I've been here.
Nesrene: I knew as soon as I found out I was expecting that I would also be having this baby through the midwives at Summa.
So when I heard Summa was opening a new patient tower, I was hoping that my baby would wait. And she hung on three days late, past my due date, so I could deliver in the new labor and delivery unit.
We have a really large family and the new unit is very expansive. And my husband was able to be there throughout the entire labor and delivery process, and that just really speaks volumes to how Summa values the family-centered care.
One of the labor and delivery nurses knitted a hat for me to give to Layla. Everyone there just made it a welcoming experience to have my baby there.
We always planned on having three kids, and we had four, so she's kind of our bonus baby that we got to have a brand new baby in the brand new hospital.
So, "you're so special Layla, huh?"
I went into labor on my due date. We needed the help of a doctor near the end, and Dr. Johnson came in at the very end and helped us and I got this beautiful baby Francis out of it.
And the nurses up there, I mean truly they are angels. Julie, one of the nurses from Maternity, called in the middle of the night because she was worried about my daughter. Someone I didn't even know 72 hours ago was laying awake worrying about my kid. They were out of this world fabulous. I kept on thinking where does Summa put their grumpy employees because I haven't seen a single one of them. They are all just so nice. The people who brought me my food every day were so nice.
We just wanted to do the best we could with Francis. We can't wait to get back to the Maternity ward. Knock on wood. Once you have one you think oh this little girl needs a sibling.
Olivia: My husband and I had four children, and then we found out we were expecting our fifth, it was an easy decision for us to head back to the Summa Maternity Program where we had delivered the other four.
Summa's new hospital was beautiful. Everything was so nice and new and it was just a beautiful space. They had everything that you would need to be comfortable with your birth. Their new laboring tubs are beautiful huge tubs if you want that for comfort in your labor.
My husband was able to be with me through the whole process. It was homey and comfortable for us. The postpartum area there was plenty of room for him to spend that time with me as well after the birth.
My midwife Bobbi was so helpful with my birth of Hazel. She was just very caring and compassionate and made sure I had a safe and comfortable delivery as I brought Hazel into the world. Hazel makes baby 5 for our family, and we keep going back to Summa so they must be doing something right.
Sarah: When I found out I was pregnant with my first child, we heard about Summa's midwifery program, and we met the midwives, and we loved them. And we have delivered four healthy babies through them. Yes. I love the midwifery program.
Summa's midwife program included my whole family. My husband was very involved. My kids got to be involved. Because my husband was my coach too, so Bobbi helped teach him how to love me through having a baby.
Bobbi was right there with me through every pregnancy. She's very gifted at knowing how to deliver babies, and she's very respectful and kind and gentle.
One of my favorite parts about the midwife program is that they allow you to listen to your body. So you are not just laying in a bed delivering a baby, but I actually was able to deliver one of my daughters standing up. And this little man was the most beautiful delivery out of all four of my kids. I was very peaceful, it was very calm... I loved it.
Having four little children is so fulfulling. It's crazy, it's chaos, but it's so much fun. It is really a blast.
Shelby: I was struggling with opioid addiction when I found out that I was pregnant. And I found out about Summa's Centering Pregnancy Program. Centering is a spot for pregnant women who are struggling with addiction. So we all had something in common. It was like a sisterhood. We all went through this together. Having a baby inside you and struggling with addiction, it's so hard. Addiction can be a very selfish disease. The Centering Pregnancy Program taught me that it's not about me any more. It's about my child.
Dr. Roulette made it his priority to care about not only me but my unborn child. If I was to see him today, I would give him a big old hug. Yeah, I love Dr. Roulette.
Through Summa's Centering Pregnancy Program, I found me again. I learned to become an amazing mother. That program saved my life.
Kelsy was born October 21st of 2016. She's my everything. Everything I live for.