Published: November 7, 2023
LANSING, MI – A baby eager to enter the world was born in the parking garage of E.W. Sparrow Hospital with help from a team of highly skilled Emergency Department caregivers.
“Our team got word that there was a someone delivering in the parking lot and raced outside,” said Katheryn Moody, M.D. “We worked together and helped deliver a healthy baby girl while the first snow of fall was falling. Mom and baby did great and we are honored to be a part of their story.”
Dr. Moody was initially joined by Resident Nathaniel Gerdes, D.O., registered nurse Jessica Carpenter and Sparrow EMT Amanda Wonsey. Desiree Albano, D.O., an OB-GYN resident, assisted after the precious little girl was safely delivered in the family’s Suburban and weighed 5 pounds, 6 ounces. The birth occurred Monday, Oct. 30.
“It’s a Monday I will never forget,” said Wonsey. “I have worked in the hospital setting for a total of 26 years and this was my first parking lot delivery. I am really glad that baby and mom are doing well.
The newborn spent several days at Sparrow’s Regional Intensive Care Unit (RNICU) before being discharged home. Her mom was also treated and is also now home and doing well.
Sparrow Hospital recently achieved a “platinum” designation from the Michigan Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (MI AIM), the highest ranking possible for its care of pregnant and new moms, highlighting our efforts to ensure expecting mothers and our youngest patients receive the highest quality care in Mid-Michigan.
For more information about Sparrow maternal health services, go to Sparrow.org/Birthing.
Sparrow is Mid-Michigan’s premier health care organization that includes hospitals in Lansing, Charlotte, St. Johns, Ionia and Carson City as well as Sparrow Care Network, Sparrow Medical Group, the Michigan Athletic Club, and AL!VE. Sparrow is part of University of Michigan Health System. Through the dedication of our 10,000 caregivers, Sparrow pursues a vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in quality and Patient experience. For more information, visit Sparrow.org.