Women's Wellness March 2011
Crozer-Keystone Maternity Care: Traditions in Their Words
Giving Birth at DCMH: Dad’s Perspective of His Family Tradition
Jesse and Jennifer Maisch, proud parents of a young son, are one of several Maisch family members who have trusted in the care and professionalism of the obstetricians and gynecologists of Delaware County Memorial Hospital.
“My whole family — my five brothers and sisters and I, all eight of my nieces and nephews and my son — were all born at DCMH,” says Jesse Maisch of Colywn, father of Jesse Jr., who just turned two. “As nervous as I was on the day my son was born, I knew that everything would be okay because we trusted all the people who work there.”
Maisch, a Delaware County native who was born at DCMH 23 years ago, says, “It’s become a bit of a tradition for our family to give birth at DCMH. They should probably just build a room for Maisch births!”
Steven Troy, D.O., DCMH OB/GYN, was Jennifer’s physician.
“From the cafeteria staff to the physician who delivered Jesse Jr., the entire staff couldn’t have been more professional and accommodating,” Jesse Maisch adds. “On the most important and nerve-racking day of our lives, I needed nothing more than to trust in the professionals who cared for my wife and baby, and they made that easy.”
Providing Individualized Care to Families at Crozer-Chester
The McGowan family started a new family tradition by choosing Crozer-Chester Medical Center for their maternity care.
In December 2004, when Joseph and Karen McGowan were preparing to welcome their second child into the world, their primary concern in choosing a hospital was to find one that specialized in maternity care and was close to their home. They choose Crozer because of its reputation and, living in Swedesboro, N.J., its location – it is just a 15-minute drive to the medical center from the McGowans’ home.
“I broke my ankle during my pregnancy and it was tough being pregnant, having a 4-year old at home and a broken ankle,” says Karen McGowan. “My OB/GYN, Dr. Guy Hewlett, was amazing through the whole process. He called to check up on me, answered all of my questions, and couldn’t have been more helpful.”
Anabelle McGowan was born in December 2010. “We couldn’t have been happier with the care that the nursing staff and physicians gave to our family during my pregnancy and the birth of Ana,” Karen says. The McGowans continue to use Crozer Pediatrics for their children’s care. “We continue to enjoy the quality of service that the pediatricians provide for both our children, Megan and Ana.”
The McGowans were prone to a high-risk pregnancy. Karen was over 35 years old when Ana was born and had some medical issues. Expectant mothers who have a higher risk for complications during pregnancy are with the right team when they come to Crozer or DCMH. The professionals of the Maternal/Fetal Medicine Department provide the most comprehensive and specialized care to women who are at-risk or experience complications during pregnancy.
The maternal/fetal medicine team includes general obstetricians, midwives, perinatologists, a genetic counselor, neonatologists and specially trained nurses to help ensure a healthy pregnancy. Perinatologists are a vital part of the team because they are physicians who specialize in the identification, education and treatment of high-risk pregnant women.
If you are continuing a family tradition or starting a new one, trust Crozer-Keystone for your maternity needs. Every year, more newborn babies are welcomed into the world by the caring professionals at Crozer-ChesterMedical Center and Delaware County Memorial Hospital than by any other health system in Delaware County.
For more information about Crozer-Keystone Health System’s Maternity Services, or to find an OB/GYN or midwife who is right for you, call 1-855-CK-BABIES (1-855-252-2243) or visit http://4Ubaby.crozer.org.
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