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Yet, af- ter a combination of methods failed to in- duce labor, the situation grew critical. “My radar was up,” described Dr. Anthopoulos. “Something was wrong, and we needed to get the baby delivered.” He believed a cesar- ean section (C-section) was the best option. Although Sara preferred a natural birth, she trusted Dr. Anthopoulos and agreed. Then the proceedings moved quickly. Sara was rushed to an operating room within the maternity unit, administered anesthesia, and within minutes her second child, Ryan, was born weighing five pounds five ounces. Ryan went straight to the NICU because of breathing and heart rate complications. According to Dr. Anthopoulos, Ryan experi- enced a transient lack of oxygen to the brain, which if prolonged could lead to long-term disabilities and developmental delays. This condition was likely caused by an issue with the placenta, which provides oxygen and nu- trients to a developing baby. When Chris saw his son for the first time, Ryan was inside an incubator to keep him warm and hooked up to several monitors to track his vital signs, IV lines for nutrients and medicine, and an oxygen mask to help him breath. “It was scary to see your child in this condition,” Chris remarked. “Yet, there was always a calm voice from the doctors and nurses assuring me that he was going to be fine.” While most expectant parents, like Chris and Sara, never anticipate their baby will require NICU care, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that ap- proximately 12 to 15 percent of babies born each year require specialized care for rea- sons including prematurity (born before 37 weeks), birth defects, and breathing difficulty. “Those who choose to deliver at Paoli Hospital can find comfort in knowing their baby has immediate access – in the event he or she needs it – to highly specialized care provided by a team of individuals who fully understand that caring for a newborn and mother goes well beyond their clinical and medical needs,” explained Glenn Kaplan, MD, Chief, Main Line Health Neonatology Services. As the father of premature twins that re- mained under NICU care for three weeks, Dr. Kaplan knows personally how this situation may be one of the most stressful times a par- ent will ever experience. “It’s a unique event for everyone, and emotions can change sud- denly especially when a baby reaches mile- stones or suffers a setback,” he said. “Parents may feel like they are facing this trying time alone, but they’re not.” After more than 34 years as a neonatal specialist, Dr. Kaplan has shared a full spectrum of human emotion ranging from hope and joy to heartbreak and grief with the families he has been privileged to support. Paoli’s NICU is the only one in Ches- ter County staffed 24/7, 365 days a year, by neonatologists, hospitalists, and physician assistants from the nationally recognized Nemours duPont Hospital for Children along with neonatal nurse practitioners with spe- cialized training in the care of critically ill infants born at 32 weeks or later. It was de- Today, Ryan is a happy and thriving toddler who loves to play with his older sister. signed to be exceptionally sensitive to the special needs of the baby and family by pro- viding more privacy, comfort, and space. Just steps away from the NICU are the private birthing and recovery suites that were created to feel more like home than a hospi- tal by keeping mother, baby, and extended family healthy, comfortable, and together. The private rooms, for example, encourage a “rooming in” experience, where a healthy newborn is kept with the mother from the moment he or she is delivered. Mothers and babies are then cared for together in one room by the same nurse. “Our family-centered approach allows us to spend more time with both mother and baby, as well as other family members,” explained Tina Saurman, MSN, RNC-OB, NE-BC, Nurse Manager, Family Centered Maternity Unit, Paoli Hospital. “It gives us more opportunities to teach newborn care, to answer questions, and to be more in tune with each family’s unique needs before they go home.” The family-centered philosophy has also enhanced Paoli’s maternity services by offer- ing more options for the entire family from the earliest days of pregnancy, throughout la- bor and delivery, and upon their return home. Even C-sections at Paoli have become more “family-centered” or “gentle” rather than just a routine surgical procedure. As Tina explained, during a typical C-section, a set of drapes shield the mother from viewing the procedure. After birth, the baby is often whisked away for additional care before the mother has an opportunity to hold the newborn. In a family-centered C-section, par- ents can request a clear drape just before the baby emerges to watch him or her be- ing born. Also, by making small modifica- tions, such as moving the EKG electrodes from the usual location on top of the chest to the side, allows newborns to be placed immediately on the mother’s chest for skin- to-skin contact. “For women who desired a natural childbirth, having a C-section can be disheartening,” Tina remarked. “These minor adjustments can make a tremendous differ- ence for moms who feel like they are missing out on an important part of pregnancy.” The setting, personalized attention, and exceptional staff on the maternity unit have earned Paoli Hospital a reputation as the premier hospital for childbirth. Sara and Chris say they wouldn’t have gone any- where else. “While the convenience and ac- commodations are amazing, it’s the doctors,