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Family History Repeats Itself at Resurrection Medical Center

New Parents Laud Benefits of Women and Family Suites

Chicago, IL (June 19, 2012) - Meghan and Brian Zator began dating while in college. Although they had never met as children, they soon discovered they shared a history. They were born within six days of each other in 1982 at Resurrection Medical Center.

Thirty years later, the couple became parents when Daniel Ryan arrived at 10 a.m. June 9 weighing 8 pounds and 11 ounces. The new parents, who live in Arlington Heights, were thrilled to add to a serendipitous piece of family history by choosing Resurrection Medical Center for Daniel's birth. But what mattered most was the care everyone received, and how their experience was enhanced in the new women and family suites.

Photo at right: Meghan and Brian Zator, and Meghan's mother Cathy Froelich show off baby Daniel in one of the new women and family suites at Resurrection Medical Center. Froelich is the clinical nurse educator for women and family services there.

"The staff was very reassuring, very attentive during my labor," said Meghan, a fourth-grade teacher in Norridge. "Their care was seamless during shift changes. They told us what to expect, and helped ease the stress. I could totally concentrate on getting the baby here."

"The whole experience was fantastic, amazing from start to finish" said Brian. "The staff took care of our every need. The nurses make sure you feel welcome, and they also kept our families informed."

Meghan and Brian had other ties to Resurrection Medical Center besides being born there. Brian is a family practice physician in Bartlett who completed his residency at Resurrection Medical Center, where he won several awards in excellence. Meghan's mother and first-time grandmother Cathy Froelich is the clinical nurse educator for women and family services there.

Froelich informed the couple about the benefits of the new women and family suites after Meghan became pregnant. They were not disappointed. Meghan greatly appreciated the help and support of the breast feeding consultant who visited often during her stay.

The Zators were especially grateful to be able to be with Daniel right after his birth. Experts say the so-called "golden hour," the first hour after birth, offers the greatest impact for bonding, and the benefits are lasting.

While many hospitals whisk the newborn away right after birth to be weighed, swaddled and otherwise tended to, Resurrection Medical Center allows the parents to be with the baby. Daniel also remained in the suite with his mother until discharge.

"I'm proud of how everything went," said Froelich. "Allowing the parents to be with the baby during the golden hour is important. We fully support it and we educate parents about it in childbirth classes. Our new women and family suites are family-centered and baby-friendly. Education and support for the new mother and her support person are a big part of what we do here. Our breast feeding consultant even makes a home visit at no extra cost."

"I would definitely recommend having your baby here," Meghan said.

The 22 new women and family suites serve new mothers and infants as well as women being treated for gynecological problems and other issues. Each suite offers a rocker, sleeper sofa for family members and support persons, Internet access and flat screen TV. There is 24-hour coverage by board-certified obstetricians and gynecologists, neonatologists and specialists treating incontinence and other pelvic problems. Breast feeding consultants are available daily.

Resurrection Medical Center, 7435 W. Talcott Ave., Chicago, is an award-winning, 360-bed academic teaching hospital and full service medical center. Visit www.reshealth.org.

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