Emergency Room surprise
“ St. Luke’s NICU has nearly 40 years of experience caring for approximately 300 babies each year, The number of patients a provider cares for each year matters.”
Andrew Nordine, MD St. Luke’s NICU medical director
“Misty was genuinely shocked. I remember her saying, ‘you cannot be serious.’ And Scott was ecstatic.” “I remember shortly after learning the baby news I had go to my doctor’s appointment,” said Scott. “It was surreal. I was able to return to St. Luke’s pretty quickly because a small skin infection canceled the chemo treatment.”
Birth Care Center experience “I was thankful to have Scott back,” said Misty. “An ultrasound determined I was 38 weeks along (40 is full-term) and I was quickly moved to St. Luke’s Birth Care Center.” “Everyone was terrific,” said Scott. “They took control right away and put us at ease.” “Every nurse was excellent,” said Misty. “I had one nurse assigned to me the whole time during labor and delivery. Over the years I had heard from friends that if you were going to have a baby – St. Luke’s was a great hospital.”
After about 50 minutes of pushing, Briggs David Beaty was born - weighing in at seven pounds, 14 ounces and 21 inches long.
“Briggs was only in the NICU for two days,” said Scott. “The staff was wonderful and so accommodating. They treated us like family.”
“I spiked a fever during delivery so as a precaution against possible infection Briggs went to the NICU,” said Misty.
“I honestly can say I never thought I was pregnant,” said Misty. “Not once. I only gained about 10 pounds, never had morning sickness or felt Briggs move. In retrospect the back pain and carpal tunnel I had been experiencing was because of the pregnancy. It’s all a blessing.”
NICU experience matters St. Luke’s is the only Advanced Level II Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Center (NICU) in the Cedar Rapids area. The NICU staff cares for babies as young as 23 weeks gestation and very low birth-weight babies. “St. Luke’s NICU has nearly 40 years of experience caring for approximately 300 babies each year,” said Andrew Nordine, MD, St. Luke’s NICU medical director. “The number of patients a provider cares for each year matters. Medical research indicates providers need to see a certain number of NICU babies each year in order to maintain a certain level of expertise and skill.”
“Our time in the NICU gave us a moment to reflect,” said Scott. “We were able to sit back and wonder, ‘what in the world just happened?’ I’ve been in and out of chemotherapy for years so we never thought we would have a baby. It’s a miracle.” “St. Luke’s has always been our hospital,” said Misty. “Dr. Carter in the ER, the team of doctors and nurses in the Birth Care Center and NICU were all amazing and we are grateful for the excellent care we received.”
Editor’s note: Scott Beaty (Steele) passed away on Dec. 18, 2014. He leaves behind his wife Misty, and son, Briggs.
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