My experience at SMH was both encouraging and comfortable. The experience I had when my daughter was born was amazing. I had to be induced unexpectedly five weeks before my due date because I had developed pre-eclampsia and was always terrified of hospitals, but the staff made me feel comfortable. They even took the burden off by talking to the Red Cross to get my husband back home from the Army on time to see my daughter born.
During the entire 32 hours of labor, each nurse would give me words of encouragement and give me strength to push on. I never felt so safe. Even when my daughter had to return to the hospital days after because she had apnea, the doctors and the nurses in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit gave me a sense of comfort during a hard time. At one point, they even gave me a voucher to eat because I was too distraught to eat. They went above and beyond expectations and because of their dedication and attentiveness, I have a beautiful healthy girl with me here 3 years later.
I will never forget the kindness that was shown to me during that time and will go out of my way to make sure the next child I bring into this world will be at SMH.
-- Cristina Armstrong