Midwifery back in Oklahoma City hospitals

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For the first time in 20 years Oklahoma City is without a midwifery program in hospitals. Midwives are an essential part of the hospital setting in that they provide care to women who desire minimal and unnecessary medical intervention while working side by side with Obstetricians.  I delivered both of my babies at OU with midwife Leanna Harkess and desire to deliver my third with her. When I was 20 weeks with my second, a tumor was discovered on my little girl’s adrenal gland. During the rest of my pregnancy Leanna offered me unforgettable comfort and peace while assuring me that I was in good hands with the NICU team at OU.  On April 15th, I went into labor at 7 PM and delivered my baby, Emersyn at 11 AM the next day. During those long 16 hours, Leanna stayed at the hospital, checking on me throughout the night. The plan was once Emersyn was born she would be taken immediately to the NICU for more testing.  I was not going to be able to hold her or nurse her.  About 20 minutes before I started pushing, Leanna told me she would fight for time for me and my baby.  Once Emersyn was delivered her vitals looked great and Leanna asked the head NICU doctor to allow me 15 minutes with Emersyn.  The sweet doctor agreed.  Leanna asked everyone to leave the room...she put an ice pack on where I tore...and Derek and I were able to stare and fall in love with our little girl.  I will always be grateful for how Leanna not only cared for me physically but also emotionally.  She unselfishly gave me the gift of time…I’m sure she was exhausted from staying up all night and was ready to go home but she paused my post-partum care so I could meet and nurse my baby.  I believe I was in the perfect hands with Leanna AND at the perfect place at OU Medical Center.  I am forever grateful for the combination of the two.  I am sure many of you have stories like this with the midwives.  I would love to hear them and I would encourage you to write them to the CEOs and Presidents of Oklahoma City hospitals so that our voices will be heard.  We want midwives back in Oklahoma City hospitals!!



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