Cumberland Now Volume 1, Issue 8 - Page 18

Proud father Eddie Norris holds his newborn son, Bodhi, born in July at Cumberland Medical Center. A friendly welcome New moms, industry groups praise CMC Labor and Delivery Story & Photos by Heather Mullinix Editor Gerri and Eddie Norris welcomed their baby boy, Bodhi, at the end of July at Cumberland Medical Center. “He was a month early, so it was a very unplanned trip to labor and delivery,” she said. But the doctors and hospital staff were there with comforting words and assurances they would take all steps necessary to ensure Bodhi’s health. “All the nurses went above and beyond to make us comfortable,” Norris said. CMC earned recognition as the Upper Cumberland’s only “Best Maternity Hospital 2020” as identified by Newsweek. It was one of 231 facilities in 36 states, and one of only four in Tennessee, to be included in the annual list that considers safety and quality indicators. Nearly 700 babies are born each year at CMC. Will Smith, MD, has overseen many of those births. “I don’t think you’ll find any place anywhere that cares more,” Smith said. “It’s a loving town, with a loving community and loving nurses.” Norris said she and her husband were nervous about their trip to the hospital, though she knew that’s where she wanted her baby to be born. It’s close to home and she was born there, too. But the ongoing health crisis has patients worried about keeping their bundles of joy safe. “They were on top of everything,” Norris said, adding sanitizing hands and equipment when entering the room was a priority. And the food was good, she added. New mom Alexis Bowman welcomed her son, Isaiah, in May. She had been scheduled to be induced on a Tuesday, but ended up going into labor in the early morning hours. “I was let right in and the nurses reassured me and helped me to my room,” she said. Patients like the maternity suites, which offer labor, delivery and recovery in one place. Cleanliness and comfort are top priorities for the labor and delivery staff. 18 | Cumberland Now • September 2020