Pictured above: Certified Nurse Midwife Donna Papazian pays a visit to mother Hope Cross, baby Avery Elizabeth and husband Scott Cross in their hospital room after the delivery in the Reliant Westboro offices.
Although expectant mother Hope Cross was feeling some labor pains, she never imagined she would have her baby when she walked into the Reliant OB-Gyn offices for an appointment on Thursday, May 26th – but that’s exactly what happened a short time later.
After Hope was examined first by nurse Laurie Baroni and then Certified Nurse Midwife Donna Papazian, it was determined that the baby would be making her introduction to the world very soon and there was little time to spare. Although an ambulance was called, everyone agreed that it was better for Hope to deliver in the Westboro office instead of in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.
To prepare for the unexpected birth, members of the OB-Gyn and Pediatrics teams in Westboro quickly sprung into action. Medical Assistants Danielle Goodro and Angela Couture helped set up the room for delivery and gathered the necessary supplies. The OB-Gyn staff also carefully listened to Hope and her husband Scott to make sure the birth experience would be as close to their wishes as possible. Although the circumstances were certainly unique, the entire staff strove to give the family the calm, joyful birth they deserved. The delivery itself actually went very smoothly, Scott was even able to cut the baby’s cord after delivery. Dr. Achal Aggarwal, a Reliant pediatrician, came in to check the baby over and make sure she was healthy. The family eventually headed to the hospital as planned, along with a great story that they’ll no doubt be telling their grandchildren someday!