“Count your blessings,” reads the stencil on a wall of the Wagner family home in Fenton. April and Ed Wagner consider daughter Eulalie’s arrival on May 18 to be a double blessing. April, 32, experienced a normal, healthy pregnancy, but complications required the newborn to be admitted to St. Anthony’s Special Care Nursery.
“She had a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy,” said April’s obstetrician, Julia Lagow, D.O., Medical Director of Women’s Services at St. Anthony’s. “Eulalie weighed more than 10 pounds at birth, and sometimes those babies end up needing help with their blood sugar. Sometimes, even full-term, healthy babies can require some extra help. That’s why we have the Special Care Nursery.”
A team effort of St. Anthony’s and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, the Special Care Nursery is staffed by a neonatal nurse practitioner 24 hours a day, and by neonatologists. The nursery provides specialized care for premature babies and babies with respiratory problems, complete nutritional support, and consultations with pediatric cardiologists and other specialists.
“We are grateful to know that our daughter was in such good hands in the Special Care Nursery as a small, new person,” April said. “We were deeply appreciative of those little things, the way nurses always called her by name and spoke gently to her, ready with a tip or trick up the sleeve to soothe her – or encouraging words to reassure us. Whether it was the middle of the day or the middle of the night, we encountered a special kind of personal warmth in that room.”
“We felt truly blessed by the care we received, and hope to pass that blessing to other families by donating to the Special Care Nursery. We plan to donate every year for Christmas, as well as Eulalie’s birthday,” April said.