“The comfort and care they offered kept me going.” Health Care Heroes Help Mom of Newborn Stay Connected
“I know I am blessed and highly favored,” says a Greensboro woman who delivered her daughter during the coronavirus precautions. “Bringing a new baby into this world with all this mess,” she says, was daunting. LaQuenta McGhee-Rawls has experienced three hospitalizations in the last two months – only one of which was for her baby girl’s actual arrival. The other two stays were related to complications, one before her delivery and one after.
“It was sad and hard not to have family and friends around to support,” McGhee-Rawls explains regarding the hospital visitation restrictions implemented because of the pandemic. But days after McGhee-Rawls and her husband Preston took baby La’Ryha home, McGhee-Rawls’ blood pressure spiked, forcing her readmission so she could be monitored a safe recovery.
“To be dropped off at the hospital and have to leave my baby behind and at the same time worry about what’s going on with me,” she says of the range of emotions. McGhee-Rawls wanted to breastfeed La’Ryha and pumped her milk while she was hospitalized and separated. “I would pump and send (the breastmilk) out by the security guard to my husband,” she says. “No one could be there with me.”
Yet they were. Although unable to be with her husband and newborn physically, she connected with them by phone. She treasures the relationships her care team at the Women’s & Children’s Center at Moses Cone Hospital offered her. “They were awesome. The comfort and care they offered kept me going.”
LaQuenta is home and healthy this Mother’s Day – celebrating with Preston, her girls ages 12, 5 and 6 weeks and 5-year-old step son.