Maternity Wing Re-Opens In Hospital

By: Julie Maloney Email
By: Julie Maloney Email

Some pregnant women may now have a shorter drive to the hospital a new maternity ward re-opened at the Mary Breckinridge Hospital in Leslie County.

Marcus Peyton Fouts was born at the Mary Breckinridge Hospital.

“He weighed seven ponds, one ounce,” Kisha Fouts said.

This bundle of joy was born at the Mary Breckinridge Hospital last Thursday, forty-five minutes after the maternity ward opened.

Midwives opened the Mary Breckinridge Hospital in 1925, but in 2001 the maternity section of the hospital closed because of a nursing shortage.

Just last week they opened their doors again.

“The very first baby that came to this newly re-opened service, turn out he's the great, great nephew of the 1st baby that was delivered in 1925,” Nathan Lee said.

Doctor Robin Whitaker delivered baby Marcus.

Whitaker, who was also born at this hospital, says the main focus of this nursing service is to provide medical attention to mother's and children in a place close to home.

“When I went to med school I thought I would come back home and this has just been a dream come true to provide care to people I know,” Dr. Robin Whitaker said.

“We're really going to have a homelike atmosphere where every woman who walks in the door...we want her to feel like she's family,” Laura Manas-James said.

Dr. Gabor Laufer delivered the second baby, which is also the first girl born last week.

Dr. Gabor has been in the baby business for almost thirty-years and says he will never get tired of it.

“It's great! Delivering a baby is probably the most beautiful experience a doctor can have,” Dr. Gabor said.

Physicians say the nursing center has formed a relationship with the University of Kentucky,..where specialists come here to provide more fetal needs.


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