I had recently given birth to my son at Seton Hospital in Harker Heights on
the month of February. My experience with Seton's hospital setting and their
staff was quite different in comparison to the births of my three other
children a few years back.
My baby had a due date of Feb. 09, 2014. My contractions started at
midnight on this date. Six hours later I checked myself in at Seton's labor
and delivery department. As my contractions strengthened and shortened I
requested for an epidural to ease the pain. During the epidural process
I was being ordered to sign documents relating to childbirth. The effect of
the anesthesia took place and all I could recall was the nurse briefly
explaining a document about kidnapping. None of the paperwork I signed
prior to my son's arrival mattered much to me because of the pain I endured
during my labor. We all know it hurts so much that we, females, can't even
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A day later I noticed my son's ankle had a device attached to it. With
great concern I asked Josh what that's for and what purpose does it serve.
I was daunted only thinking he is unhealthy or something was severely
wrong with him internally. This device looks just like the anklet beepers
that criminals wear when they've been released from jail under a few
circumstances. He explained, however I doubted him therefore I asked
the nurse. She reassured me that its main purpose to track
the infant in the event someone kidnaps him. I was relieved.
My feelings were changed by this because I know the importance of keeping
your child around and never wanting them to be kidnapped by some crazy, sick
minded stranger. I appreciate their policy and concerns for the mothers and
newborns. As a patient at this newly opened facility, I recommend this
hospital to all expecting mothers for the sake of your newborn's well
being and safety. I must include that they have passwords to enter
the women's center. These are changed everyday.
In comparison to my birthing experience years ago, the safety of children
were not valued at such a high standard as it is today. At one point, I
could honestly say that I've questioned the switching at birth with my
third child. He looks nothing like the biological parents. Most people
agree when I discuss my concerns. In the past, they would tag the babies
with a plastic wristband. Those can be removed and replaced in a matter of
three seconds average.
Child abduction is amongst the highest ratings of crime today. There
are many people that take these children across the United States border
into Mexico. Children are forced into slavery, sexual abuse, child porno-
graphy and many more disturbing acts.
To conclude this essay, I would like to give recognition to the people, and
establishments that consider the importance of child safety a top priority.
Seton Hospital is a satisfaction guaranteed establishment that all expecting
and postpartum mothers will get to experience.