A Complex Pregnancy Supported by ValleyCare’s Childbirth Team
Like many first-time parents, Obse Lubo and her husband did their research—they toured local hospitals, interviewed physicians, attended infant care and CPR classes and wrote out a birth plan. But despite their best-laid plans, the Lubo’s faced an unexpected scenario for the birth of their son.
Obse had a history of severe fibroids, which could make the delivery more complicated. Due to the added risk that comes from having fibroids, Obse and her husband elected to have a scheduled Cesarean section, a decision that was difficult to make for a couple who planned a more natural birth experience. They discussed their decision with their physician, who not only agreed, but also recommended that they deliver at Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare.
Obse, a nurse at Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto, wanted to have her baby close to her home in the Tri-Valley area. But because of her pregnancy complications, she wanted to ensure that the hospital she chose had a neonatal intensive care unit and support services for herself and her baby. Those were her two top priorities when selecting ValleyCare.
“You can choose your physician, but can’t choose your nurse or delivery care team,” said Obse. “I got really lucky. My nurse Jenna was super amazing and compassionate,” she said. “She was the biggest champion ever. She made me proud I was a nurse and working for the same organization.”
In the operating room, the ValleyCare delivery team explained everything that would be happening at every step. They made her feel comfortable and well informed. “They were a dream team,” she said. When the baby was born, the delivery nurse Jenna honored Obse’s wish to have immediate skin-to-skin contact with her new son. In recovery, the lactation team was fantastic, she added.
“I have seen it all,” said Obse, who leads medical missions to Ethiopa in addition to being a nurse at Stanford. “But when it’s you as the patient, it’s totally different. We are very grateful for the care we received.”