Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

New Year’s baby, mom hoping to reunite soon

January 3, 2007


Dee Steinle rests in Lawrence Memorial hospital's maternity ward Tuesday, with baskets of gifts given to her daughter, Nora Katherine, who was born  at 12:29 a.m. on New Year's Day. Nora was sent to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., to be treated for oxygen deprivation.

Dee Steinle rests in Lawrence Memorial hospital's maternity ward Tuesday, with baskets of gifts given to her daughter, Nora Katherine, who was born at 12:29 a.m. on New Year's Day. Nora was sent to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., to be treated for oxygen deprivation.

Dee Steinle can't wait to hold her newborn daughter for the first time.

Nora Katherine Steinle - Lawrence Memorial Hospital's first baby of 2007 - was rushed to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., after complications during delivery Monday left her without oxygen.

Dee is recovering from an emergency Caesarean section and is expected to be dismissed in the next day or two, she said. But hospital officials are unsure when Nora will be dismissed. However, both parents said things seemed to be progressing well.

"We're just playing it by ear and hoping everything turns out OK," Dee said. "I feel very lucky to be here and that she's here."

Dee's husband, Michael, has been splitting time between visiting his daughter in Kansas City and his wife in Lawrence.

He was at Children's Mercy on Tuesday to be with his daughter when the hospital administered a test to make sure the lack of oxygen didn't do any permanent brain damage.

"She looks great and acts like a normal baby; she's a big girl," Michael said.

Nora weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 20 inches long when she was born.

The couple said the New Year's baby hubbub has helped them get through an otherwise scary ordeal.

"It's nice to get some attention. We were pretty touch-and-go there for a while. It's well-deserved for Mom," Michael said. "She's bouncing back better than anyone could have hoped."

Dee's due date was Thursday, but she went into labor Sunday afternoon. Dee said she thought the baby was going to be born Sunday. But eight hours of labor and an emergency surgery later, Nora was born soon after midnight.

The couple just missed the special occasion with their first child, Aaron, who turns 4 today. Aaron has yet to see his sister, but left a special message for her at Mom's hospital room.

Aaron's message wasn't the only surprise awaiting Nora.

Dee's hospital room was beginning to overflow Tuesday with gifts the family received for the baby's first-in-the-city status.

Linda Daab, a representative from the Overland Park Babies 'R' Us store, brought Dee a basket of baby products valued at more than $100. The gift basket is part of a national promotion where babies born first at a registered hospital receive a gift from the company. The first baby born nationwide receives $25,000 from Babies 'R' Us, Daab said.

Two babies born in New York are claiming that honor. Hospitals told local media that both were born at exactly the stroke of midnight.


OmegaPaiN 11 years, 5 months ago

This story should be used to raise some awareness in regards to hospital choice. Consider each hospital's ability to deal with more extreme situations when you choose a birthing site.

A little extra time can make all the difference, and hopefully that time isn't used shipping your baby somewhere where it can be properly taken care of.

Jeanne Cunningham 11 years, 5 months ago

Duh - it was an "emergency"...

If people don't learn to be thankful that we HAVE a hospital. one of these days we WON'T. Then, what will people have to complain about!?!?!?!? the half hour trip to the nearest hospital (which their loved one died on the way to???)

mom_of_three 11 years, 5 months ago

Complications arose during delivery and were not forseen ahead of time. Since the couple and the doctor live in Lawrence, LMH was a great choice for the delivery. If everyone decides to choose a hospital IN CASE rare complications occur, then that would make things pretty crazy.

jranderson 11 years, 5 months ago

This is a VERY RARE complication. I am very sad that this happened to this women and her baby. But still, I hope women are not overly frightened by this story.

redhead_lovers_girl 11 years, 5 months ago

Six years ago I delivered my daughter at Lawerence Memorial Hospital. We also had complications during delivery and she was also rushed to a larger hospital to be treated for her complications. I have NOTHING but praise for the staff at Lawrence Memorial - their quick response to the situation and lack of hesitation to do whatever necessary to insure a safe delivery for both myself and my daughter is the reason she is healthy today. I'm not sure why those of you in Lawrence are so negative about your hospital - perhaps you don't realize how different things could be and don't realize what you have.

bevy 11 years, 5 months ago

It probably doesn't help this perception that it is difficult to impossible to find an OB/GYNs who PRACTICES in Lawrence and delivers at LMH. Most choose to deliver at OVERLAND PARK REGIONAL. My nephew's wife is due in Feb. and they will have to drive to OP when she delivers. This makes no sense at all, when LMH has a very good setup. Perhaps if the docs who practice here weren't biased, others would not be either.

This is one reason I chose to have my babies at Stormont, and went to an OB/GYN in Topeka. I live in Lecompton and work in Lawrence, but it was worth it to me to be only 20 minutes from the hospital instead of an hour.

LMH has had a negative rep for years, mostly based on ancient history. I spent considerable time there with my fiance in 2006, and can tell you that with one exception, the staff there (nurses and docs) was EXCELLENT.

stbaker 11 years, 5 months ago

There is a OB/GYN practice located in the medical office building at the hospital. They have four board-certified physicians and one board-eligible physician (yes, 5 OB/GYNs ) and are always accepting new patients. In fact, they are located on the third floor, just one hundred yards (plus or minus) from the labor and delivery unit. Additionally, there is a pediatric office located across the street from LMH with five Pediatricians that attend high-risk deliveries and emergencies. FYI.

leftofthemiddle 11 years, 5 months ago

Re: OB/GYNs in Lawrence....I'd highly recommend seeing a family physician who specializes in OB care instead of an OB/GYN. The latter tend to treat pregnancy and birth as a sickness rather than a natural part of life. They are often more intervention minded which can sometimes lead a woman to experience a longer and more painful labor...not to mention a greater chance of having a c-section.

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