Meet Lauren R.
My name is Lauren Ramirez, but some refer to me as "Super Mom" as I have four little superheroes at home. My youngest two were delivered at AdventHealth for Women in Orlando on July 16th, 2016. Their birthday was one of the most memorable experiences of my life, and I will cherish it forever.
When I found out I was pregnant, I already had two boys under the age of three, so I knew my life was about to get a little more interesting. During my first ultrasound appointment at AdventHealth, I was telling Dr. Mary Langenstroer how I knew it was a girl and how excited I was. I even knew what I was going to name her! A few minutes into the ultrasound, she turned the monitor towards my husband and me and said, Lauren, Tom, there are TWO in there! Right away my husband's face went blank and pale. I, on the other hand, could not decide what to do. I was laughing and crying at once and kept asking her if she was serious. The medical assistant calmed us both down, and Dr. Langenstroer assured us that there were, in fact, two babies.
Dr. Langenstroer was quick to pull up and review my medical history as I went through pre-term labor with both of my other pregnancies. Immediately the staff set me up with Dr. Rachel Humphrey, who specializes in high-risk pregnancies. Dr. Langenstroer and her medical assistant assured me I would be in wonderful hands.
Fast forward a few months later, I went in to see Dr. Humphrey for one of my regular high-risk appointments. I explained to her that I was feeling quite a bit of pressure but I blamed most of it on having two babies inside of me. After her examination, she said to prepare to deliver soon as the babies were trying to make their way out. Of course, I panicked as I still had at least three more months to go, but she was quick to calm me down and prepared me for my stay at AdventHealth for Women.
While working full-time in higher education and raising two little humans, I was also at the final stages of my master’s degree in Public Health. My thesis was due but I was admitted for pre-term labor. I had a Deja Vu moment as two years prior, I went into pre-term labor with my 2nd son and was trying to submit a final. Coincidently, I had the same professor, now that was an interesting email to explain.
The nursing staff was excellent when it came to my health, my twins’ health, and my education health as I was trying my best to complete my thesis bedridden and ensure that these babies stayed inside. As time went on, the babies were still hanging on strong; every ten days, there was a shift change for the hospitalist physician so I had the pleasure of meeting all of them during my stay. What blew me away most was that every single physician asked me how I wanted to deliver my babies; they were asking ME what I wanted and were giving me a choice. Of course, I wanted to attempt a vaginal delivery but assured them that whatever they needed to do to get them out safely was fine and to do what they needed to do.
Fast forward to 32 weeks and four days gestation, Dr. Langenstroer stopped by to check in and see how I was feeling. My husband was about to leave for the night as our oldest was celebrating his 4th birthday party the next day. Before he left, Dr. Langenstroer looked at the monitor and asked again how I was feeling. Then, she did a final examination and told my husband to stay as I was 5.5cm dilated, and we were going to have some babies!
AdventHealth has a room dedicated to twin deliveries which I thought was so clever and amazing. After I was prepped and ready to go, Dr. Langenstroer and the nurses coached me through it all. They told me when to push and when not to push, and then, a miracle happened, Dominic Ramirez was born at 4lbs 8oz. Three minutes later, with the guidance of the doctors and nurses, Darren Ramirez was born at 4lbs 11oz. The staff explained in great detail what a twin delivery entailed. Since they were going to be two months early, there may be a chance that they would need to go to the NICU right away and I may not be able to hold them. However, the respiratory team evaluated them immediately, and after the provider and the team gave the all clear, I was able to hold them both on my chest and embrace the miracles that just occurred.
From the moment I was admitted for pre-term labor, I expressed my desire to breastfeed the twins. As soon as they were admitted to the NICU, the lactation specialist met with me immediately and addressed my questions and concerns. The lactation team supported and guided me in accumulating over 900 ounces of breastmilk for my babies. The NICU was my home for the next 23 days for Dominic and 16 days for Darren. The nurses treated my boys and me as family. I went to the NICU every day 8am-5pm, as if it were my job. The lounge was always stocked with food and drinks, so I never had to worry about leaving to eat, and there was always a place for me to go in private to use the hospital-grade breast pump.
Overall, my prenatal care, delivery, and NICU experience were a dream come true and I could not have asked for anything more. Although I did not get my one girl, I was blessed with two beautiful boys. Yes, my hands are full, but my heart is fuller. Thank you, AdventHealth, you are a blessing and full of angels!