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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Decade of deliveries reaches maternity milestone at St. Francis- Mooresville

MOORESVILLE, Ind. – St. Francis Hospital-Mooresville has more than 4,500 reasons to be proud of its track record the last 10 years.

That’s how many babies have been delivered since the birth of its Cherished Beginnings unit in January 2000.

The first child born at Cherished Beginnings – a boy – came into the world at 4:31 p.m., Jan. 4, 2000, and was delivered by James Perry, M.D., who continues his obstetrics practice and now serves as president of the St. Francis-Mooresville medical staff. The most recent birth was January 5, 2010, at 12:36 p.m., also delivered by Perry.

So many young lives and families in Morgan County have gotten their start in Cherished Beginnings, and we are proud to continue to be a part of it all,” said Dawn Scott, R.N., clinical services director who was the first manager of Cherished Beginnings.

Among the original 17 staff members – the number of which has since doubled – is Stephanie Brock, R.N., the current manager of the OB.

In the decade Cherished Beginnings has operated, 53 sets of twins have been delivered. The largest baby, a boy, was born in March 2004 and tipped the scales at 11 pounds.

The unit provides a wide range of obstetrical services and newborn care to women and their babies, including a level 2 nursery to care for low- and moderate-risk newborns, with immediate access to the level 3 neonatal intensive care unit at St. Francis Hospital-Indianapolis if needed. The Mooresville unit also has surgical suites for Caesarean sections and other emergencies.

Cherished Beginnings provides far more than labor and delivery. A variety of prenatal, newborn care and parenting classes are offered throughout the year. The unit also offers child passenger safety seat inspections and a variety of support groups.

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Benjamin Neal and his mother Marla recently took time to reunite with Dr. James Perry, who delivered Benjamin on Jan. 4, 2000.