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A safer, natural delivery.

Amanda Waldvogel is a Registered Nurse at Alomere Health working in the labor and delivery department. With all of her career experience and previously given birth to two children of her own, you might be surprised that Amanda was feeling anxious about delivering her third child.

Amanda suffered a sudden stroke when she was only 21 years old. After being rushed to the hospital, doctors found it was caused by a small hole in her heart. Even though she quickly recovered, her genetic heart issue complicated her pregnancies and required her to work with an obstetrician to deliver her first two children.

Going into her third delivery, Amanda’s heart was set on a completely natural childbirth. Thankfully, her cardiologist approved working with midwife, Chillon McKibbin—and, just to be safe, obstetrician, Dr. Heinrich, was on-call with an operating room across the hall from her birthing room.

“When I hear moms talk about home births, it makes me nervous. Things can go wrong and when they do, it’s quick. You have to be fast-acting and know what to do to have the best outcome for mom and baby. Many people don’t know you can have a totally natural birth in a hospital setting. Alomere has the best of both worlds!”

Thankfully, Amanda’s pregnancy and delivery went just as planned—resulting in a healthy baby boy.

“I had a great experience and I love my care team. I trust them. All of the nurses and providers here go above and beyond. It’s like a second family to me.”

As an OB nurse and mother of three, her advice to first-time mothers is simple: “Ask lots of questions, keep an open mind going into delivery, and make sure you have a good support system. Every baby is different and there’s nothing you can do to prevent postpartum depression. But together, we can work through anything.”

Are you expecting? Or hoping to in the future? Come check out The Birth Place for your delivery.