“Not a day goes by that we don’t think about where he started,” says Joanne. “Sunnybrook was our lifeline as much as his. The compassion they had was incredible and they were there for us every step of the way. For us, to have them as an extended family was key.”
MOM AND BABY BOTH DOING FINE
“I saw the nurse’s smile and knew everything was going to be OK,” recalls Natalie. But while Natalie and her baby were being cared for separately, they connected early thanks to Sunnybrook’s focus on keeping mothers and with their babies. In fact, Natalie was able to initiate breast feeding while still in the ICU, and baby Carmine was treated with preventive antibiotics in the NICU.
“They put him to the breast right away,” recalls Natalie. “I wanted to initiate breast feeding as soon as possible and that was as soon as possible – literally.”
That extra effort to make sure mothers and their babies experience the full benefit of being together is an important part of the Sunnybrook approach, explains Sue Hermann, an advanced practice nurse in the Maternal & Newborn and Breastfeeding department.
“That’s just the type of care we do,” she says, adding that Sunnybrook’s Sick Mom, Healthy Baby Program works to keep mothers with their babies together, even when the mother is being cared for in other areas of the hospital or when the baby is discharged first.
Now more than a year old, Carmine climbs the stairs and points to the CD player when he wants to hear music (he likes Katy Perry and Elmo’s Hot & Cold), and his belly laugh is cute and contagious, Natalie says.
Healthy mom, healthy baby.