I was lucky enough to have Kristen Barrett as my Labor and Delivery nurse with my first child. She was truly amazing! She took the best care of me and my family. I was trying to labor naturally and Kristen helped me get through every contraction. She gave my husband and family tips and positions for me to try with each contraction. Unfortunately, after 23 hours it was decided that I needed a C-section. I had developed an infection during labor and my baby was going to the NICU after delivery. Kristen made me feel so safe in a very scary situation.
When I got pregnant last year I contacted Kristen and asked if she could be my nurse again. I knew after the difficult time we had had with our daughter, I really wanted Kristen there to make me feel safe again. Her knowledge, expertise, and compassion were exactly what I needed. Kristen usually works midnight shift but she made arrangements with her manager to be there for my scheduled C-section during the day.
My husband and I were met by Kristen and my NP Claire when we got off the elevator. I had tears in my eyes, I was terrified from my prior experience and they made me feel as though everything was going to be ok. Kristen explained everything so we could understand, even though I am a nurse she allowed me to just be a mom and did my thinking for me. She held my hand while I got my spinal and was right by my side all throughout my procedure. She helped me focus and breathe when I got scared, talked me down when I was anxious, and was incredibly supportive to my husband. She stayed with us until we were transferred to post-partum.
I was so happy that Kristen was one of the first people to hold both my babies. Kristen is one of a kind. Her dedication to her job and patients is admirable. I know that my experience would not have been the same without her. My family and I are eternally grateful for everything Kristen did for us.