Amanda Warford Praises Labor and Delivery Staff at Baptist Beaches - "They Anticipated My Needs"
When Amanda Warford — a reporter and producer with Action News Jacksonville — learned two years ago that she was pregnant, the decision to have her baby at Baptist Medical Center Beaches was an easy one to make.
“Tony and I were very excited!” Amanda said. “Going to Baptist was both my doctors’ recommendation and the obvious choice.”
Amanda’s care at Baptist started several months before she was due.
“We took advantage of the tour that the hospital offers,” she said, “to get adjusted and to learn where things are, in case we’re in a rush when it’s time. We met some of the staff and found where the snack room was – that was important for Tony.”
On a Monday in April 2012, Amanda started having contractions. She rushed to the hospital with her family.
“I felt like that was the day,” Amanda said. “The medical staff checked and said, ‘No, you’re not ready.’ But even though I was a little embarrassed, the Baptist staff made me feel like I had done the right thing. They told me what to watch for over the next few days.”
Three days later, Amanda was ready — and eight centimeters dilated.
“We were admitted very quickly and taken right to the birthing suite. We weren’t there very long, but I was able to rest for a bit. The nurse that was with us never left my side even once, and she helped keep me calm.”
Amanda gave birth to her daughter, Harper, without complications. Still, Amanda said, it was reassuring to know about the Baptist team’s capabilities in high-risk maternal and newborn care.
As she played with her now-15-month-old daughter, Amanda recalled the experience at Baptist Beaches.
“That could have been a stressful time, but the nurses and doctors were so reassuring. You can tell that they all like each other, because they work together well and seem to know what had just happened before they came into the room."
“Our room was spacious, and even with all of our family with us, we never felt cramped,” Amanda continued. “The nurses’ station was just outside the door, so we never had to look for anyone. They anticipated my needs, things like water and ice chips.”
Amanda said that the extra touches — such as the offer by a nurse to check that the car seat was installed properly before leaving the hospital with her newborn — left Amanda and her family with great memories of her birthing experience.
Baptist Beaches offers free tours of the maternity suites for expectant families and allows you to preregister for your hospital stay during the tour. Sign up below.