A Bourbonnais Couple Rings in the New Year with a Special Delivery at Little Company of Mary Hospital-First 2015 Baby Born at Little Company of Mary’s State-of-the-Art Family Birth Center
As the nation welcomed the new 2015 year, Jennifer and John Donovan were on their way to Little Company of Mary Hospital to finally meet the baby that they have been waiting nine-months for.
At 12:30 a.m., on January 1, 2015, Bourbonnais resident Jennifer Donovan’s water broke and within minutes both Jennifer and John (The JJ’s) found themselves making the drive to Little Company of Mary Hospital to deliver their second child. “We moved to Illinois from California two years ago and we toured many hospitals when we first found out we were expecting our second child however we had no such luck,” said Jennifer. The JJ’s were hoping to find a great midwife and a birthing facility that is known for being mother, baby and family friendly. The JJ’s found that and more when they met Mary Kay Burke, Certified Nurse Midwife with Little Company of Mary’s Women’s Healthcare Affiliates, and when they toured the beautiful and state-of-the-art Family Birth Center at Little Company of Mary Hospital.
At exactly 8:07 a.m. the JJ’s welcomed their newest edition to their growing family, Bear Edward Donavan. Bear came into this world weighing eight pounds, three ounces and is the baby brother of two-year old Campbell Donovan.
The JJ’s are extremely thankful to Mary Kay Burke and the staff at Little Company of Mary Hospital. “Mary Kay was our rock-star, she was here within 30 minutes of my arrival and blessed us with the birthing experience that we’ve always wanted,” said Jennifer. “The nurses here are the best in town! They were very supportive and continuously checked in on us all the time. The atmosphere at Little Company of Mary is very positive and inspiring-it was definitely worth the 45 minute drive,” said Jennifer.
In 2012, Little Company of Mary Hospital received the eminent honor of being internationally recognized as a Baby-Friendly birth facility by Baby-Friendly USA. There are 150 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States and 20,000 worldwide. Little Company of Mary Hospital is the third active Baby-Friendly hospital and birth center in the state of Illinois and the first hospital in Chicago to achieve this designation.
Little Company of Mary has long offered a safe and loving environment delivering more than 200,000 babies into the world exceeding all other hospitals in the Southwest Chicago area. Little Company of Mary is extremely proud to be the only Baby-Friendly hospital in Chicago. “This accreditation further validates our mission to provide our tiniest patients with the best possible healthy start in life,” said Mary Kay Burke, Certified Nurse Midwife at Little Company of Mary.
At the Family Birth Center at Little Company of Mary Hospital, many moms are choosing to deliver with the assistance of a midwife. Mary Kay Burke, APN, CNM, WHNPP, has been with Little Company of Mary since the midwifery program launched in 2010. The Family Birth Center encourages women to choose whatever birthing method option they’re comfortable with. Little Company of Mary is proud to offer a Certified Nurse Midwife (Mary Kay Burke) who specializes in personalized and tailored care to the specific needs of a mom. Midwives spend time by a woman’s side in labor, supporting her and watching for any health concerns. They care for women during labor and delivery, as well as provide various types of healthcare for women including prenatal, postpartum and routine gynecological services.
Little Company of Mary Hospital also offers free comprehensive education to mothers throughout the phases of pregnancy, childbirth and post-partum. Programs include breastfeeding, childbirth preparation and infant care support.
If you are pregnant or planning the start of your family and would like a private tour of Little Company of Mary’s state-of-the-art Family Birth Center or would like more information about their Baby-Friendly accreditation, please visit our website at www.LCMH.org/FBC. To learn more about breastfeeding and Little Company of Mary’s free Breastfeeding Support Group, contact Little Company of Mary Hospital’s Lactation Office at 708.229.5418.
From Left to Right: Jennifer Donovan, John Donovan and Certified Nurse Midwife Mary Kay Burke.