Couple enjoys a new arrival with all the trimmings
Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part series following the birth of baby Bennett to new parents Amanda and Chuck Rosinski, and about the amenities of the Family Birth Place at Valley View Hospital.Baby Bennett lay asleep in his hospital bassinet as his mom and dad, Amanda and Chuck Rosinski, enjoyed their first dinner together as parents on Friday, Dec. 30. The dinner, a candlelight affair in an elegant dining room in the Family Birth Place at Valley View Hospital, is but one of the amenities for parents aimed at making their stay memorable.While Bennett slept, Amanda and Chuck were served steak and shrimp, and chicken cordon bleu, glasses of warmed cider and rich chocolate cake for dessert.It was quite a way to culminate their special day and night.
Bennett came into the world at almost 10 p.m. Thursday weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces. The day-long labor and delivery meant little sleep for Chuck and Amanda.”We’re tired today,” Amanda said.Chuck was up at 4:15 a.m. Friday morning for his paper route delivering the Denver Post. Friday evening in the softly lighted dining room, they were in good spirits as they wrapped up their stay and started planning for the future.Their “awesome experience” of becoming first-time parents was due in part to the comfort they found at Valley View. Both have connections to the hospital. Chuck works in patient financial services, and Amanda’s mom is a nurse in the Family Birth Place.”I feel very at home,” Amanda said. “The staff treats you wonderfully.”
Family Birth Place is a new environment for the hospital, which completed part of a $30 million, two-story expansion in 2005. The new wing doubled the size of the original hospital built in 1955.The center features 11 private rooms for moms who have just given birth. Cozy features highlight the rooms. Each has an old-fashioned quilt on the bed, comfortable chairs, and fluffy bathrobes and slippers. For waiting dads, the room has a flat-screen TV on the wall.At the back of the department is an efficient kitchen where families can cook meals. Next door is the spacious dining room where the hospital serves the special candlelight dinners for new moms and their families.couple: see page 4couple: from page 1
Babies are big business at Valley View with 50 to 60 births a month and about 700 a year on average.For Chuck, who was with Amanda throughout labor and delivery, it is the little things that matter, like having a quilt on the bed. “As much as possible they make you feel at home,” he said.Both looked forward to going home the next day. Friday Amanda’s doctor, Paul Salmen, gave Bennett a physical, which he passed with flying colors. “Everything is perfect,” a smiling Amanda said.
Their return home as a family will be helped along with support from their church – New Creation in New Castle – which will provide dinners for three nights. They’ll also get help from Amanda’s mother and sister.”We’re going to get accustomed to our new little life,” Amanda said, and so are their two cats, Zoe and Sully.Bennett’s birth is the beginning of a lifelong dream “to be a stay-at-home mother,” Chuck said.”To be in a great hospital makes it even more special,” Amanda added.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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