COVID-19 alters parents' birth plan as they deliver healthy baby girl

Anna and Dan Fenton had planned to deliver their first-born at home with the help of a doula. But as the big day grew near, her doula tested positive for COVID-19, causing the Wichita couple to have to quickly change their personal birth plan after Anna tested positive as well.

The Fentons quickly chose the care teams at Ascension Via Christi to maintain a compassionate, personalized birth experience.

Six days later, Elizabeth Marie Fenton was born at 38 weeks without complication at Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph, weighing just 5 pounds, 10 ounces -- a healthy baby girl.

"We're hoping receiving her mother's breast milk will help her remain healthy," says Michelle Perry, RN, noting the many benefits for breastfeeding.

Anna continues to be asymptomatic. And because of diligent masking, social distancing and good hand hygiene, Dan and baby have continued to test negative for the virus. Rest assured that we are maintaining strict precautions to keep families safe in our care. From screening our patients, visitors, staff and caregivers to distancing in our waiting areas, we are balancing care with caution to help protect our patients.

All three Fentons went home on November 25, just in time to celebrate Thanksgiving as a family.

With the help of Ascension Via Christi, they have a lot to be thankful for this year.

"Everything has gone remarkably smoothly considering it wasn't our birth plan," Anna says. "Our baby is healthy, everything has gone well and we feel truly blessed by God."

Ascension Via Christi continues to deliver babies, perform surgeries and care for the health of our community during this time. We maintain strict precautions for your safety in our care.

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