Maternity Stories



Being Here Feels Like Home
For Dannielle Stanifer, coming to Hennepin County Medical Center is like coming home. Dannielle was born here, grew up receiving care here, and gave birth to her two children here. Through the years, her health care providers have kept her at the center by getting to know her as a person and respecting her choices. Dannielle would say that the staff at HCMC are like family. She even describes her midwife as a mother figure who lovingly eased the next generation of Stanifer patients into the world.






The Little Things
When it comes to a newborn's health, nurse Kallie Graham knows that close contact with family is just as important as excellent clinical care. But in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, where babies are surrounded by intimidating machines and families worry about the harmful effects of the slightest touch, making those connections can be difficult. Kallie makes sure they happen by involving families with the little things and showing them what a big difference they can make—in a word, by keeping them at the center. "I love seeing how parents look when they realize they can do it, that they can care for their premature baby."