Preparing for childbirth – Katie chose TMC

Katie and Goldie KeatingKatie Keating can run a marathon, 26.2 miles, in 3 hours and 3 minutes. During graduate school she investigated what the universe is made of, literally! Her studies centered on the interactions among galaxies. So, when it came to having a baby, Katie applied the same level of dedication and effort to preparation as she did to her running and academic studies.

Katie ran during the first two trimesters of her pregnancy preparing herself physically.

“After that I walked a few miles per day up until the end. Everyone’s experience is definitely different though,” she says. “I would recommend doing what feels best to you.”

Katie and her husband, Jared, toured the TMC Mom/Baby unit, and took the weekender Preparation for Childbirth, Baby Care ABC and Breastfeeding Basics classes.

”The classes definitely helped me feel more in control, since I understood a lot more of everything that was happening around me. It was also helpful that when there were choices to make during labor, I had already thought about them ahead of time and was prepared, rather than having to make decisions in the heat of the moment when I was in a lot of pain.”

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On Jan. 9, 2016, Katie and Jared welcomed their daughter Goldie to the world at TMC. Six weeks after Goldie’s birth Katie was back running. “That is just what worked for me,” she says. “ I don’t think there’s anything wrong with waiting longer to exercise, you are going through so much as a new mom that I think you should only exercise if it’s helpful to you mentally and physically. Sometimes you need a nap, sometimes you need a run.”

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Katie, Jared and Goldie are expecting another addition to the Keating family in 2018. Katie reports she is able to run more than she did last time. “I feel pretty lucky it’s worked out that way this time.”

See Katie, Goldie and other TMC moms and babies in our latest video!

Cigna, March of Dimes and TMC share A Common Thread

008Summertime in not usually when Tucsonans think about needing a knit-cap…unless they are a preemie.

This summer, thousands of cute knit-caps are available for preemies thanks to Cigna volunteers, who donated the caps to TMC during national volunteer week.

In April, Cigna volunteers traveled from Phoenix to deliver nearly 3,000 knit caps for NICU babies at Tucson Medical Center.

The community service project is called A Common Thread, and was founded by Cigna employees as part of Cigna’s national sponsorship of the March of Dimes.

The caps provide warmth for babies, which is particularly important for infants facing serious health challenges. Crocheted in many sizes, the caps can accommodate both premature and full-term babies. In addition, families enjoy the different styles and colors that give the newborns individuality.

014“We are most proud of this project,” said Jessica Celentano, executive director of market development at the Southern Arizona March of Dimes. “Each hat takes about 20 minutes to knit – that’s more than 900 volunteer hours to provide a needed and heartfelt service for families in our region.”

Cigna has been a partner of the March of Dimes and a national sponsor of March for Babies for the past 23 years. Since A Common Thread was founded, more than 12,000 baby hats have been donated to NICUs throughout the country and more than 8,500 have been donated in Arizona.

“It is a priority for Cigna and our employees to meaningfully contribute to local communities,” said Dr. Isaac Martinez, medical director of Cigna HealthCare. He joined Cigna employees Pamela Martin and Theresa Richards to deliver the 2,700+ caps to TMC. “Thanks to the many Cigna volunteers, like Pamela and Theresa, we’re honored to make this contribution to TMC.”

002Celentano, Martin, Richards and Dr. Martinez carried countless blue satchels filled with the donated caps through TMC’s Joel M. Childers Women’s Center. Pat Brown, TMC director of women’s and children’s services, thanked them for the unique caps and their community service.

“We are so thankful for their time and effort,” Brown said. “These caps are wonderful gifts for the babies and their families – and there is enough to last us for years.”

The NICU at TMC treats about 500 infants in the NICU each year, and more than 5,000 babies are born annually at TMC’s labor and delivery department – one of the busiest in the state.  A perfect fit for the sizeable donation.

Learn more about Cigna’s community support efforts like A Common Thread, on their Facebook page or on Twitter @Cigna or #CignaAZ. The March of Dimes website can provide more information about their efforts to help infants and families.



TMC baby’s sequential birthday leads to national news coverage

From left to right: Dad David Jones with Mom Katherine, baby Victoria, Dr. Monique Schoenhage and nurse Jawna Stickney Photo courtesy: KGUN 9

From left to right: Dad David Jones with Mom Katherine, baby Victoria, Dr. Monique Schoenhage and nurse Jawna Stickney  Photo courtesy: KGUN 9

“I was due New Year’s Eve, and all my friends kept saying, ‘if you just wait until 12:01 on New Year’s Day, you’ll be on the news!’” laughed new mom Katherine Jones.  Jones, along with her husband, David, and baby, Victoria Marie, received national news coverage after little Victoria decided to come into the world on a numerically special birthday, at 10:11 a.m. on 12-13-14. “The doctors just said it had to be like right now, and none of us realized what time it was,” David Jones told CNN. “Her nurse, Jawna, alerted us with a scream that coincidentally that we had a 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 baby,” said Dr. Monique Schoenhage, who delivered the baby.

Both parents are Navy veterans, and they were happy to be able to cheer on the Navy as they took on the Army in football while resting peacefully with their newborn. Victoria must have been good luck, as Navy beat Army, 17-10 for the 13th straight game.

Victoria Marie Jones Born at TMC at 10:11 a.m. on 12-13-14 Photo courtesy: KGUN 9

Victoria Marie Jones
Born at TMC at 10:11 a.m. on 12-13-14
Photo courtesy: KGUN 9

Little Victoria came in at 5 pounds, 10 ounces and 18 inches long.

According to KGUN 9, Saturday’s sequential date won’t happen again for 89 years. The next sequential date by the MM-DD-YY method is 1-2-3, happening Jan. 2, 2103. Similar sequential dates will take place Jan. 2, 2034 or 1-2-34 and Jan. 23, 2045 or 1-23-45.

The media attention is certainly exciting for TMC’s Labor & Delivery, which delivers the most babies in the state.

“I guess babies come when they want to come!” said Katherine.

Please click here for KGUN 9’s coverage of the story.

Please click here for CNN’s coverage of the story.

Please click here for KTLA’s coverage of the story.

What are the odds? TMC baby is third generation to share an Oct. 2 birthday!

"Nana" Lourdes Pizarro holds baby Sabella with her daugher, Jessica Gutierrez (Sabella's aunt)

Three generations all born on Oct. 2
“Nana” Lourdes Pizarro holds baby Sabella. Lourdes’ daugher, Jessica Gutierrez (Sabella’s aunt) poses with her new niece.

Oh baby!

Say hello to Sabella Sarai Gutierrez-Contreras.  The 7 lb., 8 oz. baby girl was born on Wednesday, Oct. 2.  That’s exactly 24 years after her Aunt was born, and 54 years after her Grandma was born.  That’s three generations of women in one family born on the same day!  So what are the chances of three generations sharing the same birthday?  A slim 1 in 48,627,125.

No, it wasn’t planned that way.  “I wasn’t due until Oct. 10.  I went to the doctor for a check-up on October first, and she said ‘this baby isn’t going to wait until the tenth.  I think you’ll have her either today or tomorrow,’” said Sarah Gutierrez, Sabella’s mother.

The doc was right.  Little Sabella came into the world at 11:46 a.m. the next day.  “I feel ecstatic and very blessed,” said Grandma Lourdes Pizarro, a.k.a. “Nana.”  Aunt Jessica Gutierrez said, “I was actually two weeks late, and was born on my Mom’s 30th birthday.”

New mom Sarah Gutierrez with a peaceful baby Sabella

New mom Sarah Gutierrez with a peaceful baby Sabella

Sabella’s potential birthday was topic of big discussion at Sarah’s baby shower.  “We played a game where we guessed the day she would be born,” explained Jessica.  “Of course my mom and I guessed Oct. 2.  I guessed 5 a.m., and my mom guessed 9 p.m.  I think I won,” she laughed.

Baby Sabella joins big brothers Genaro, age 5, and Josiah, 16 months.  Congratulations to the Gutierrez-Contreras family!

You can bet Oct. 2 will be one big party at the Gutierrez house from now on.

Perhaps they should have bought a lottery ticket on the lucky day!

Please click here to see the Arizona Daily Star’s coverage of the story.

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