Nan Hutton's Story
Well, I have nothing but great memories of GBMC! All three of my boys were born there, though I'm certain that many women can say that. My first was a pretty typical birth. We arrived at 4:00 p.m. and delivered a healthy baby at 9:45 p.m. – our first was home with mama the next day. The second was not so easy.
After our second made several attempts at a too-early birth date, multiple overnights and a course of magnesium sulfate to prevent labor, we avoided an incredibly early date and settled for 35 weeks gestation to the day. At 3:33 a.m. our second was born. Unlike his brother, Alex liked it so much at GBMC that he decided to spend a week in the NICU getting to know every nurse very well. No offense to any male nurses, but Alex was a lady's man from birth, and I was in love with each and every one of them who took care of Alex, too!
The staff was outstanding. I would call at any hour of any day when I couldn't be right by his side, and the nurse would walk over to the incubator and describe him in great detail down to the position of his pacifier. The doctors and nurses were amazing at explaining things that a new mother should never have to understand about her new bundle of joy! They were patient, articulate, thorough, kind and a million other incredible words that I can't think of right now. Our experience that could have been all negative with seven days of intensive care treatment on our newest baby was nothing but positive.
So, if our first story bored you, and the second story made you tear up, the third will have you cheering – well at least it did for the 15 or 20 people who watched it unfold, literally!
Brenden decided he wanted to come early, just like each of his brothers. But, he didn't want to have the same old story, so he decided to be born in the car at the entrance to labor and delivery. My doctor met me there to deliver him in front of my biggest fans on a warm day in August at 1:37 p.m. Hence the applause!
The reason I decided to tell you this story is because Alex, who spent seven days in the NICU, just turned 21 on February 17. He is an accounting major at Stevenson University in Owings Mills and is 6'3'' tall and a far cry from the helpless little preemie I told you about before. Drew, the uneventful one, just graduated from Stevenson University and is now an accountant in the Towson area. He is engaged and will be married next year – so much for boring! The third is still being cheered on after his incredible entrance into the world, but now it’s because of his amazing personality! He is a freshman at the University of Maryland College Park, very much enjoying college life and playing Quidditch – Yes, the Harry Potter game! It's a thing on college campuses – who knew? He is also in the ROTC program, which proves he is not all fun and games!
Why yes, of course these beautiful babes could have been born anywhere, and they probably would have made out just fine. I am convinced that the experience I had at GBMC with each one of them was a blessing and impacted our lives positively!
Thank you to the amazing doctors and nurses who may never know what a difference they make in the lives of a child through the parents they care for.