Darcey Brockman, a 44-year old mom from Utah, was grateful she had a midwife by her side when she delivered her fourth baby earlier this year. Brockman didn’t find out she was pregnant until she was 24 weeks along and was shocked and surprised when she found out she was expecting.
"Pregnancy did not even enter my brain because I was told I was done," said Brockman, whose doctors had told her that having another baby would be medically impossible.
Her miracle baby, Jack Brockman, was born on Aug. 12 and has already brought immense joy to Brockman, her husband, and her three older children — ages 20, 18, and 16.
Brockman saw an obstetrician for her three previous pregnancies, but for her fourth pregnancy, she saw Intermountain Healthcare's Celeste Thomas, a certified nurse midwife who delivers babies at Layton Hospital.
Because of Brockman’s advanced age and high blood pressure, she was considered high-risk. Her midwife partnered with physicians in the Maternal Fetal Medicine clinic to ensure the safety of both mom and baby. She saw both her nurse midwife and her high-risk doctor once a week.
"There was preeclampsia we were worried about. We were worried about gestational diabetes … all kinds of things, and I felt like all of it was taken care of," Brockman said. "All my needs were met; all of his needs were met."
Unlike her previous pregnancies, in which the doctor was only by her side at the delivery, Thomas was there the whole time she labored.
"This time, Celeste was with me pretty much the entire time," Brockman said. "It felt very warm and welcoming."
Although she gave birth during a pandemic, Brockman said she "felt completely safe and secure."
"It actually is a really safe time for delivering your baby on the labor and delivery unit," Thomas said.
All members of staff at every Intermountain hospital are ready and prepared to care for all expectant mothers and their babies during the COVID-19 pandemic — no matter which childbirth option has been chosen. There are strict care protocols and personal protective equipment to keep everyone safe and healthy.