She was en route to the hospital in active labor with her third child. In desperate need of care for her 6- and 4-year-old sons, she had nowhere to turn for help.
Maryville’s Crisis Nursery Director Amy got on the phone and comforted her. Amy explained that she would meet her at the hospital and bring her two boys to the Crisis Nursery where care would be provided for three days. Amy and another Crisis Nursery family advocate arrived at West Suburban Hospital that morning and met with the young mother as she was about to undergo a cesarean section.
Our family advocate chatted with the boys to get to know them a little, and they her, so they could feel comfortable being left in the Crisis Nursery’s care. The young mother gave her sons a hug before she went in for surgery. The two boys stayed at the nursery for three days while their mother gave birth to a healthy baby girl. The new mother spent two days recovering in the hospital and one night at home with her new daughter before bringing her boys back home. Since then, our young mother has continued to use the nursery for her children’s care for follow-up medical appointments.
She no longer struggles to find last minute child care and her boys love spending time at the nursery!