Our fall magazine highlights the story of Charis and Peter Mbugua of Clarksburg, expectant parents in the midst of planning their delivery at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center.

baby-micahBetween writing this story and the issue going to print, the Mbuguas welcomed their first child, a son named Micah, at 9:32 p.m. on May 17. He weighed six pounds, 10 ounces.

Charis, a Montgomery County Public School teacher, said she knew right after touring the hospital’s Birth Center that she wanted to deliver there.

When the day came, doctors and nurses delivered Micah through an unplanned cesarean. Though unexpected, Charis and Peter say, “We felt that we were given the type of attention and information we needed to feel confident going into surgery. A couple days after the C-section, the anesthesiologist who was present during our labor and delivery actually came to visit our room just to see how we were doing!”

During her stay, Charis went to the hospital’s breastfeeding class. There, she collected educational materials that she was able to look at once at home.

Just weeks before Charis delivered, Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Centerbecame the first hospital in Maryland to achieve Baby-Friendly designation through the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. This recognizes the hospital’s extensive breastfeeding support.

In addition to this guidance, Charis praised the nurses’ help during her recovery, even adding that she “secretly didn’t want to leave.”

Today, Micah is three months old and his parents describe him as “13 pounds, eight ounces of chubby cuteness!”

To other expecting parents, they say, “You can’t go wrong delivering at Shady Grove. In fact, if you can, we suggest you do deliver there. It makes the transition into parenthood so much easier!”