First Baby? This First Time Mama Shares Her #1 Recommendation.

May 16, 2019

cain-anne-pregnancy When Cain Anne Beachum learned she was pregnant with her first child, there was no question where she would be delivering.

"I've been going to Brookwood to see my OBGYN since I was in high school, so I'm very excited to have my baby in the same place I've known and loved for over a decade," Cain Anne says. "And, it helps that Brookwood has such a a good reputation with all of my "mom friends". There was really no question about where we would go."

Cain Anne (who has been craving Krispy Kreme donuts all throughout her pregnancy) is expecting to deliver under the care of Dr. Heidi Straughn in a few short weeks and has high hopes for an incredible experience. She mostly attributes that to "how individualized they want the experience to be for us, especially the emphasis on the breastfeeding. I've been really impressed."

As just one patient of thousands in such a huge hospital, it's easy to feel like just a number. That's why Brookwood Baptist Medical Center created the personalized, one-on-one Birth Navigator sessions for all expecting mothers. Our staff of Birth Navigators serve as your personal guide for your journey to motherhood, who will give you valuable information, discuss your labor options and birth preferences, provide an escorted facility tour and help connect you with prenatal classes and services.

Need another reason to schedule your FREE Birth Navigator session? Read on to find out how valuable Cain Anne's session was for both herself and her husband, why she loves her doctor, and what she wished she knew before getting pregnant! You'll even get a sneak peak into Baby Beachum's nursery!

Q: What were some of the things you discussed in your birth navigator session? 

We reviewed the breastfeeding resources that Brookwood provides immediately after birth, during the hospital stay and throughout the community. We also toured the birthing suites and the mother/baby room, and reviewed all of the different prenatal classes available and assisted with registering (breastfeeding, new dad boot camp, prepared childbirth, unmedicated childbirth, infant CPR. Lastly (and perhaps most important!), we learned where exactly we needed to park and where to check-in when it's go-time!

Q: Would you recommend that all expecting mothers go to a birth navigator session? And why?

Absolutely! It was so helpful and informative. I highly recommend all new expecting mothers go to a session because it completely removed any and all guesswork we may have had when the big day arrives. We now know exactly who to call, where to go, and what to expect. Also, if you develop a list of birth preferences during the session, they make a copy for the hospital to have on file for when you are admitted to Labor and Delivery which really impressed me.

Q: What, for you, was the most important aspect of the birth appointment? What were some key takeaways from your session?

The most important aspect for us was how completely individualized the session was to our needs. I was surprised to be asked so many questions pertaining to what expectations we have and felt that the staff was very accommodating to making sure those expectations are met. Brookwood is very patient-centered!

Q: Did you bring your husband with you to the navigator session? Was the information helpful for him?

Yes, it was very helpful for him. His main focus is to take care of me, so he felt better knowing the logistics of it all when the big day arrives so I won’t have to worry: where to go, who to talk to, where to park, where to direct family, etc.

Q: Tell us why you love Dr. Heidi Straughn.

I cannot recommend her enough. I love her because she does not treat her patients with a “one-size-fits all” mindset. Dr. Straughn and her nurses go above and beyond to make sure all of my questions are answered and provide the best and most up-to-date obstetrical care. She is so personable, down to earth, and has really put me at ease during my first pregnancy. Not to mention she is hilarious!

Q: What is one thing you wish you had known before getting pregnant?

People you don’t even know will see your pregnant belly and come right up to you to share their pregnancy/birth horror stories! At first it’s a little strange, but people just want to connect with you. It’s good to keep a sense of humor through it all.

Q: Natural or epidural?


Q: Did you find our your baby's gender?

Yes! We did a blood test at 10 weeks. I had ZERO will power to wait so when the nurse called with the results I asked her to go ahead and tell me immediately! We are having a baby boy.

Q: Is the nursery ready yet?

It is! Check out some of the pictures:

nursery nursery