Abbey’s Story: Delivery Fears Erased

by Monarch Women's Wellness on April 17, 2013

I had my first child at a young age and had a very, very negative experience with another OBGYN practice. When I found out I was pregnant with my second son, I was so thankful to be in the care of Dr. Lee and Monarch Women’s Wellness! Naturally, I was scared to death of what this pregnancy and delivery would be like. Would I feel uncomfortable asking questions? Would I feel “listened to”? Would my delivery be traumatic? Would I push for 2 ½ hours again? All of these questions soared through my mind and made my stomach churn!

This experience with Monarch was COMPLETELY different! I had confidence in my providers and the staff, and I knew I was going to be taken care of in a much better manner this time. My husband, Jacques, and I were so pleased with the quality care that Monarch Women’s Wellness and Dr. Lee gave us!! I always felt like I was “the only patient.” The care was always specialized to our situation. Even my husband, who had never been through a pregnancy and delivery before, was in awe of Dr. Lee. He felt like HE had a voice and was respected as well.

Abbey at her Baby Shower

Dr. Lee knew about my concerns with delivery due to my horrible first experience a few years ago. She knew how important it was for me to be comfortable with my care and delivery. We had talked about it many times, and I always felt like she truly heard me. The day that I went into labor with Baron, my second son, Dr. Lee was there with me, coaching me through it, creating a completely different experience for me than before.

My labor started moving fast, and to complicate matters even more, Baron was a very big baby! I went from 4 cm to 10 cm within minutes, and I couldn’t get an epidural. I like to call what Dr. Lee did then, a “loving force”! She climbed up on the bed with me, and helped me get through the pain and the pushing. She knew exactly what I needed in order to get through the delivery! After Baron was born, she visited us multiple times to check on us and see how I was doing. We were in the Maryview Family Birthing Center, and were very pleased with the accommodations and care.


Abbey and Baron in Maryview Family Birth Center

My pregnancy and birth experience was so wonderful with Monarch Women’s Wellness that I have referred many friends there. I know, firsthand, what it’s like to have a bad experience and how damaging it can be to such a special, memorable part of your life. Luckily though, now I also know what it’s like to have an amazing experience too! I feel like Dr. Lee is also my friend, and not just my doctor. My family and I are forever thankful to her for giving us another chance to enjoy pregnancy and delivery!


Baron and Austin

Abbey’s Advice:

Whatever you do, DO NOT settle for “sub-par” physicians like I did the first time I was pregnant. The experience of pregnancy and delivery is one of the most memorable parts of your life! And your doctors play a huge role in that. Make an appointment with Monarch Women’s Wellness, I promise you, you will be glad you did.

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