New Mom Magnetism: Parents Talk About What Attracted Them to the New CPMC Van Ness Campus
Born a little more than three weeks early, baby Miles Hernandez made his debut on March 1. Weighing 5 lbs., 10 oz., and measuring 18 inches long, he’s already proven to be “a mover and a shaker”— not just due to his early arrival, but also as one of babies who moved today, March 3, from the CPMC California Campus hospital to the new CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital.
Mom Katie Alpert’s plan from the start was to deliver at the CPMC Van Ness Campus, but Miles had other ideas. Alpert said she’s always felt a close connection to her CPMC doctors, and to think that she would give birth in the new facility she watched rise from the ground up was exciting. While her maternity journey took a slight detour, she was grateful that it was a smooth ride.
“For us as patients, it was an easy move. We felt prepared all the way. No hiccups on our end, and Miles did it with flying colors,” she said.
As first-time parents, Alpert and her husband could have easily felt nervous, but she remarked that she was put at ease knowing her care teams thought of every detail. To numerous checks of the information on her patient wristband as well as Miles’, to the tent that covered them as they moved into the ambulance, shielding them from raindrops, or making sure she and baby were warm and comfortable during their transport.
“There’s a different level of respect and love for this facility and the whole community, and the care team from the beginning made sure we were taken care of,” Alpert said.
Expectant mom, Rachel Martin, can’t wait for a new beginning in her motherhood journey.
At nearly 37 weeks pregnant she, her husband, Ross and their 18-month-old son, Wolf, came to get familiar with the new Van Ness Campus.
Martin lives with her family in Marin, but says, “I can’t imagine delivering anywhere else. I knew it had to be here.”
Getting the tour of the new hospital gave Martin a sense of comfort, Martin remarked, “The delivery room and the room where you stay after you have the baby is gorgeous.”
Martin, who is expecting a baby girl, is still unsure of a name, but she said one thing is for certain. “It’s obvious that a lot of care and love went into this for your patients.”