As Mother Delivers Baby, Health First Delivers Safe, Compassionate Care During COVID-19 Threat
By Space Coast Daily // May 8, 2020
Sarah, a patient of Sherri Caplan, DO, gave birth to baby Teagan on April 3 via a scheduled C-section
BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Sarah was excited about the arrival of her second child – but nervous, too, since she’d be giving birth during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
“I had lots of worries before going into the hospital,” Sarah said.
But despite the uncertainty, once she was admitted to Health First’s Cape Canaveral Hospital, her fears dissipated.
“I felt reassured during the pandemic that I was in good hands, and that helped me not to worry much,” Sarah said.
“All the staff were cautious and wore face masks whenever present in our room or around us. It was reassuring that they were following the proper safety procedures.”
Sarah, a patient of Sherri Caplan, DO, gave birth to baby Teagan on April 3, 2020, via a scheduled C-section. Mom and baby did well – and Sarah found the staff “very accommodating, attentive and very nice,” she said.
A major concern Sarah had going in wasn’t realized, either, much to her relief. She was worried that her child’s father wouldn’t be able to be there with her and that she would have to give birth alone.
Despite strict visitor restrictions at Health First’s Cape Canaveral Hospital, as well as Health First’s three other hospitals, that wasn’t the case.
During this pandemic, Labor and Delivery patients are allowed one coach for the duration of their stay – provided the coach is healthy and follows strict safety measures to protect all patients and associates against COVID-19.
“He was with me at every moment,” a grateful Sarah said.
Now, Sarah and baby Teagan are home with dad Matthew and big sister Maci, 7. And the memories of her birthing experience in the middle of a pandemic are good ones – from the compassionate care and safety, down to the delicious food – and made her hospital stay feel like her home away from home.
“Big thanks to all the nurses, doctors and staff,” Sarah said. “We will always remember them having our backs during that difficult time.”
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