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Danielle Shares Her Hospital Birth Story with a Magnolia Midwife

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Danielle Shares Her Hospital Birth Story with a Magnolia Midwife

On May 6 at 4:41 a.m., a miracle was delivered to the Crawford family. James Edward Crawford made his arrival to his parents, Danielle and Joel, after over 24 hours of labor. With just a few days before Mother’s Day, Danielle received the best gift she could have asked for.

Before baby James, the Crawford family had struggled with infertility for six years and suffered two miscarriages. However, their faith was never lost.

“The minute we heard him cry, it just made this whole process worth every second. We had gone through countless fertility treatments and one day, God just decided to give us this beautiful miracle,” exclaimed Danielle.

When Joel and Danielle found out they were pregnant, they knew they wanted a hospital birth under the care of a midwife. After hearing friends rave about Amy Linn, a certified nurse midwife, the Crawford’s sought her care. When they found out that Amy was relocating to Magnolia Obstetrics & Gynecology at North Oaks Health System, they knew they would follow her to obtain the level of care they had been searching for.

“We met her and we loved her. We knew she was going to be our midwife, so when we found out she was moving to North Oaks, it was a no brainer for us to follow her,” expressed Danielle.

“I was truly honored that Danielle and Joel chose me to care for them during their pregnancy. To be able to form a trusting relationship with your clients prenatally, manage their labor and be present at the birth is a midwife's dream. Danielle and Joel tried for years to have a baby and to be witness to their joy and excitement was indescribable. Having the collaboration of the physicians at Magnolia, the nurses and anesthesia team to support my efforts in giving the Crawford’s the birth experience they desired was truly amazing,” added Amy Linn.

Danielle shared that her experience with Amy Linn and the North Oaks staff during the entire process was impeccable. She recollected that she and her husband were very nervous, but also felt a sense of calm because of the professional care they knew their family would receive.

“Amy was standing next to me while I was having the shakes and calming me down. Jennifer Bonaventure (certified nurse midwife) even came to check on me too. I mean this level of care, you just don’t find it anywhere else,” remarked Danielle.

As Danielle and Joel inched their way to welcoming their firstborn, the staff were not the only ones close by to offer their support. Danielle and Joel’s parents were so excited upon the arrival of their brand new grandbaby, they had a ‘baby tailgate’ outside of the Women and Children’s Pavilion due to COVID-19 restrictions. Throughout the day and night, Danielle and Joel could look out their window to see their parents and other family and friends gathering around to show their love.

“If we can’t bring the party up there, we may as well bring it out here because we are staying,” indicated Kathy and Eddie Hartson, Danielle’s parents.

“This was a very long awaited grandbaby for my parents and for Joel’s. My mom and dad, my whole family and every friend I have would have been in the waiting room had it not been for COVID-19 restrictions, but we still were able to feel their presence and protection nearby,” suggested Danielle.

After what seemed to be a very long few days, Danielle and Joel explained that they could not be happier with their midwifery care and their overall birthing experience at North Oaks. They reiterated knowing their family will always be in good hands here.

“From every nurse, to doctor, to midwife on this floor, this whole experience has been top notch. They were all so friendly and with anything you needed, they were right there. I would never go anywhere else after this, and I will continue to share my experience with everyone I know,” Danielle shared.

To schedule an appointment with the providers of Magnolia Obstetrics & Gynecology, click here or call (985) 214-0809.