A premature baby presents challenges and uncertainty for any new parents. But for Lyneah and Michael Hudock, the stresses were considerably reduced. That’s because they delivered their son Michael Joseph III close to their Williamsport home at Susquehanna Health’s Birthplace. Within minutes of birth, baby Michael was cared for in the nearby Level II nursery.
Born about six weeks early, the Hudocks’ son required special care, including a temporary feeding tube and treatment for weight loss and jaundice (common among premature infants). His 14-day stay was typical. Before the two bed specialty nursery opened in 2006, the closest facility was in Danville, more than 45 minutes away. Like other parents of premature babies, the Hudocks would have had to make the trip multiple times each day, adding significantly to the fatigue and disruption of everyday life.
For Lyneah Hudock, an active community volunteer and proud new mom, convenience was just the beginning. “The staff was so helpful to us, comforting us and teaching us what we needed to know,” she says.
Every challenge of baby Michael’s first weeks of life was handled with confidence by The Birthplace Level II nursery staff. Having their newborn close to home and accessible for family visits made a world of difference for the Hudocks.
Today, Michael Joseph Hudock III is a healthy, long-limbed 9-month-old, already showing signs he may someday rival his father’s 6-foot-3-inch stature.
“He’s doing just great,” Lyneah reports. “He loves all types of food; he loves to laugh and play and is really a happy baby.” Add Mom and Dad to the list of happy Hudocks. Knowing top-level care was minutes from home made a huge difference in the first days of their new son’s life.
Medical research shows that family involvement in baby care is a proven predictor of positive outcomes. With the Level II nursery at the Susquehanna Health Birthplace, it’s easier than ever for premature babies to receive excellent medical and nursing care and for families to stay close to home.