Local convenience, friendly hospital staff important to new mom
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[November 22, 2013]
When Ally Leesman's first baby
was born last month, she was glad that she decided to deliver her
baby at the local hospital.
Leesman, 28, who lives in Hartsburg with her husband, Kent, made her
first trip to Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln on the
morning of Oct. 8.
"I wasn't registering any contractions so they sent me home," Leesman said.
By late afternoon, her labor had progressed and she made a return
trip to the hospital. The staff decided it was time to admit her. At
10:20 p.m., her daughter, Avia, was born, measuring 20 inches long
and weighing 7 pounds and 1 ounce.
The two trips reinforced her decision to stay local with a
hospital that's only a quarter-hour drive from her home. Her family
doctor, Dr. Thomas Zwilling with Memorial Physician Services –
Lincoln, is also close to home.
"It's just so much easier and convenient to schedule appointments
when you have a local doctor and go to the local hospital," Leesman
said. "You don't have to worry about taking a long time off work to
travel to Springfield."
An average of 215 babies are born each year at Abraham Lincoln
Memorial Hospital. The nonprofit hospital, which has been serving
the community since 1902, offers private, individualized obstetric
Other women's health services available include inpatient and
outpatient gynecological care, digital mammography, breast biopsies,
and obstetrical ultrasound.
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"We are proud of the care we provide to mothers and their babies
at the ALMH Family Maternity Suites," said Elizabeth Meyrick,
obstetrics manager. "Giving birth at ALMH means high-quality care in
a state-of-the-art facility, but it also means being near friends
and family. At ALMH, we provide an individualized experience and are
available to moms even after they get home, so they have the support
Leesman said her experience at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital
was positive, with a friendly staff, including the nurses, who made
the time to introduce themselves, were professional and made
themselves available to meet any needs that the new mom and baby had
during and after their stay.
"Staying local was the right choice for us and proved to be a
great experience," said Leesman.
[Text from file received from
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital]