Jennifer Jernigan anticipated a “nice, normal, run-of-the-mill birth.” At age 37, this was her third child and the second delivered at Capital Regional Medical Center’s Family Center. “I’m a generally a healthy person but in December 2017, my traditional birth plan turned into something completely different. I’m so grateful to the doctors and nurses at the Family Center for the exceptional care I received during a completely unanticipated complication.”

Ms. Jernigan was eleven days past her due date so her physician, Leaton Hall, MD, admitted her and induced labor. “The nurses began to notice that my baby was in distress,” she said. “After attempting multiple position changes to bring the baby’s heart rate back to normal, Dr. Hall reluctantly gave the go-ahead to prep me for a C-section.” “Dr. Hall had the baby out quickly and he was doing very well. But I had begun bleeding from an unidentifiable source. Dr. Hall called in his partner, Roberto Morales, MD for a second opinion.” Eventually Dr. Hall and Dr. Morales called in Rohan Joseph, MD, a general surgeon with Capital Regional Surgical Associates. “The team of doctors were able to resolve the bleeding that they believed was ultimately coming from my spleen due to the strain of labor. Dr. Hall told me he had never encountered that type of complication in his 30 years of practice.”

Ms. Jernigan said that in addition to the expert medical and surgical care that brought her back to good health, she received special support that helped her uncooperative baby boy to nurse. “He refused to latch but with the help of the nurses, he eventually did,” she said. “The hospital’s lactation consultant was there to help me, laugh with me, and encourage me. Without her, I would have stopped trying.”

Today, Ms. Jernigan and her beautiful baby boy, Anthony are just fine thanks to the care they received at Capital Regional Medical Center. “I want to give credit to my doctors and the labor and delivery nurses at the hospital and all of the staff on that floor. They are doing what they were born to do,” she said. “They were tender and sensitive and they made me feel like I was the only patient they had.”