DCMH Patient Gives Birth at Home with the Help of Her Boy Scout Twins - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on November 26, 2014

DCMH Patient Gives Birth at Home with the Help of Her Boy Scout Twins

Crozer-Keystone Health SystemMedia Contact:
Mary Wascavage
(610) 284-8619
Mary.Wascavage@crozer.org

Baby Atkinson with Mom and Twin Brothers at DCMH

Pictured from left to right are Cody, BettyAnn and Ian Atkinson of Clifton Heights, PA with their newest family addition.

DREXEL HILL, PA – BettyAnn Atkinson has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. This morning started out like any other for the Clifton Heights mother of two until 6:45 a.m. “My water broke,” she says, “so I timed the contractions with an app on my phone. They were coming roughly two-to-three minutes apart, and I knew that was too fast.” Shortly after that she felt some pressure and realized that her baby girl was coming. At 7:25 a.m. Atkinson spoke to her OB/GYN, who coached her through the process, and at 7:45 a.m. her daughter was born. 

Throughout the approximately 45-minute experience, Atkinson’s twin 14-year-old boys, Cody and Ian, were right by their mom’s side to help. “They are Boy Scouts, and are trained in first aid,” she says. “They were so good about it. They jumped right in to help; one called 9-1-1 and the other starting calling my family and friends.” The twins brought washcloths and helped to clean everyone and everything up, and just kept things under control until paramedics arrived. Once everyone was assessed they were brought to Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill, where mom and baby are both doing well. 

“I’m still in shock,” says the 39-year-old Atkinson, whose first day of maternity leave was just yesterday. “It’s so surreal. I keep thinking I’m going to wake up and still be pregnant.” 

DCMH is a member of the Crozer-Keystone Health System. Crozer-Keystone is Delaware County’s leading provider of maternity care, delivering nearly 3,700 babies each year at DCMH and Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Both Crozer and DCMH offer services that include a well-baby nursery, an Intensive Care Nursery, Maternal/Fetal Medicine services, childbirth education classes, and fertility services. Each hospital also offers special amenities, including “stork parking,” wireless in-room Internet access and baby photography services. 

For more information about maternity care at Crozer and DCMH, call 1-800-CK-HEALTH (1-800-254-3258) or visit http://4ubaby.crozerkeystone.org.

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