Reflecting on Giving Birth at Speare

“My daughter Megan just delivered a baby at Speare and had the most wonderful experience. She was going to have her baby at LRGH and was one of those shocked to learn she would not deliver there. She was scheduled to go to Concord, but two days after her due date was told that her insurance wouldn’t be accepted there. That wasn’t a great introduction to Speare, but it all went up hill from there — as she met and was so professionally handled by the staff in what turned out to be a very challenging delivery. You now have a family singing the praises of Speare. Thought you’d like to know.”

Meg McLean family

The crib was set up. The bags were packed. She was seven days past her due date. The only uncertainty had been where she could give birth. And this morning she woke up in labor.

At the start of her pregnancy, Meg McLean and her husband, Alex, began reading parenting books and preparing the baby room. Everything was going along dreamily. Six months into her pregnancy, however, she learned that her local hospital would no longer deliver babies, and she would be going to Concord. Two days after her due date things took another turn when Concord Hospital declined her insurance. She didn’t know at the time that she was about to have a complicated delivery. But if there is a silver lining, hers was Speare.

Mclean baby

Meg was seen at Plymouth OB/GYN at Speare the same day she called them. Dr. Ebner took time to explain and demonstrate all the things that could happen during her delivery. She was given a tour of the birthing suite and found it warm and equipped with all she needed for a safe and comfortable delivery.

“I was so stressed out when I got there, but everyone was so nice I couldn’t help but feel better,” says Meg. “They even had my birthing plan in place!”

She went home with her spirits up.

“It happened so fast,” Meg remembers. “I woke up the next morning with one contraction after another — each one under 40 seconds as we made the twenty-minute drive to Speare. I was in so much pain; I would have never made it through an hour-long drive to Concord.”

Dr. Blue, a new physician at Plymouth OB/GYN, was on duty. Meg’s uterus was contracting so fast that it was affecting the baby’s heartbeat and both of their oxygen levels.

“Dr. Blue was so calm, confident and soothing that I didn’t realize anything was wrong,” says Meg. Ashley Francis, APRN, from Plymouth Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine was also there, as is protocol at Speare when a baby may need extra care. They explained that due to the lack of oxygen, they needed to get her baby out fast. Meg recognized the tools that Dr. Ebner had shown her the day before and was not concerned as the medical team jumped into action. Daughter Marley was born at 12:51pm. Ashley swept Marley away to be carefully examined and monitored. Both mom and baby were fine.

In the end, Meg says Speare was the very best thing that could have happened.

Mclean baby 1 month old

The young McLean family were so pleased with Ashley, that they now use Plymouth Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine as Marley’s physician group. “It’s nice to go there now because they really know my little family,” says Meg.

As for the future, Meg says they will definitely go to Dr. Blue and Speare again. Next time, however, they will plan on it.

Something to Talk About

“No one wants to talk about it,” exclaims Cathy Vinčevič “No women that I know talk about it. I didn’t talk about it. I didn’t even tell my husband. I tried to hide it.”

But, she is talking about it now, and “it” is Stress Urinary Incontinence. Cathy says, “You reach a point of no return and know you have to take care of it.”

After having a hysterectomy in 2009, and following all the prescribed post-surgical steps for recovery, Cathy had thought she had already taken care of her Stress Urinary Incontinence. However, after moving to Danbury a couple years ago, and taking a job as a director at the Gordon Nash Library in New Hampton, she realized things weren’t progressing the way she had hoped.

“It was difficult to do things I wanted to do like riding my bicycle, gardening, painting the house,” Cathy explains. “Stress incontinence happens when you lift things, sneeze, even going up and down stairs. It seemed everything I did might cause an “accident” and it wasn’t getting better. I didn’t want to live that way.”

“I’ve always been active,” she continues. “I wanted to be able to exercise and do things so I could live the next part of my life with grace. But dealing with incontinence is one of the most embarrassing issues women, or anybody, can have to deal with.”

Following a visit with her primary care physician, Dr. Andrea Berry, at Mid- State Health Center, Cathy was referred to Plymouth OB/GYN and scheduled to see Dr. Joseph Ebner, gynecologist. Prior to her appointment, Cathy says she went on the Speare website to learn more about him. She wasn’t even sure she was going to talk to him about her incontinence. However, when she read that incontinence was one of his specialties, she recalls thinking, “I was surprised and relieved to learn there was an expert right here at Speare.”

Dr EbnerCathy says Dr. Ebner was charming and personable and immediately put her at ease. Getting up the courage to talk about her incontinence, Cathy says Dr. Ebner was reassuring and helpful. After talking about possible treatment options, she decided surgery would be the best option and they worked out a plan so she could take control of the situation.

While her complete recovery from a bladder lift and partial sling, in January, would take six to eight weeks, the “results” of the surgery were immediate. “I can do things now without a sense of impending doom that something embarrassing is going to happen to me,” Cathy happily exclaims. She is back to walking her dog, riding her bike, working in the garden, and painting the house.

And she can’t say enough about Dr. Ebner, “He was so kind to me, discrete in explaining what was going to happen and made sure I was okay with everything. “

Even though Stress Urinary Incontinence is no longer an issue for her, and can be hard to talk about, Cathy says, “It happens to so many women, we need to be talking about it. I want other women to know there is a way around the problem. You can take care of it and make your life whole again.”

Plymouth OB/GYN understands your unique needs as a woman, with care that extends from adolescence and the reproductive years through the perimenopausal and postmenopausal years. For more information on the Plymouth OB/GYN team and services please call (603) 536-1104.