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Gratitude to AVH maternity staff

Dear Editor:

We arrived at Aspen Valley Hospital at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, May 28. We had been planning a home birth with our midwife, Julianne Guy, but after 27 hours of back labor and with only 3 centimeters of cervical dilation, it was time to seek additional support.

Driving to the hospital, we were concerned about how we would be received ” so many people are uncomfortable with the idea of a natural home birth. We had heard several stories of home-birthing parents being treated poorly by hospital staffs around the country. In our case we rented a place in Aspen for the home birth in case medical attention was required.

Rather than receiving us with judgment or criticism, the maternity staff at AVH welcomed us with open arms. It was seamless, moving from home to hospital. We couldn’t be more grateful to the staff for their compassionate care: Heather, Soco, Jackie, Margie, Joleen and Katie (anesthesiologist).

Dr. Harling was gracious, very professional and an artist. I watched in awe as he helped Jiah’s head enter this world of gravity and air. He then gently turned Jiah’s head and made way for his shoulder. Once Jiah’s head and shoulders had passed through, he asked Natashia if she wanted to pull him out the rest of the way and up to her breast. Tears were flowing, true magic.

A huge thanks to our midwife, Julianne Guy, for teaching us, coaching us, being our advocate in the hospital and having the maturity and experience to step aside and let the staff do their job. While at home, she was the one who made us of our decisions. Julianne, like us, wanted nothing more than a safe delivery.

Sometimes it’s not easy when two worlds meet, but in this case and to our pleasant surprise all worked out great. Jiah is now home, healthy, happy and spending lots of time with mommy and daddy.

Thanks again, AVH maternity staff, for your care, openness and professionalism.

Branden, Natashia and Jiah Cohen

Woody Creek


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