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Eulalie, April and Ed Wagner

Eulalie enjoys a happy moment with her proud parents, April and Ed Wagner of Fenton.

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"We are grateful to know that our daughter was in such good hands."

- April Wagner

"Count your blessings,” reads the stencil on a wall of the Wagner family home in Fenton. April and Ed Wagner consider daughter Eulalie’s arrival on May 18 to be a double blessing.

April, 32, experienced a normal, healthy pregnancy, but complications required the newborn to be admitted to St. Anthony’s Special Care Nursery.

“She had a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy,” said April’s obstetrician, Julia Lagow, D.O., Medical Director of Women’s Services at St. Anthony’s. “Eulalie weighed more than 10 pounds at birth, and sometimes those babies end up needing help with their blood sugar. Sometimes, even full-term, healthy babies can require some extra help. That’s why we have the Special Care Nursery.”

A team effort of St. Anthony’s and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, the Special Care Nursery is staffed by a neonatal nurse practitioner 24 hours a day, and by neonatologists. The nursery provides specialized care for premature babies and babies with respiratory problems, complete nutritional support, and consultations with pediatric cardiologists and other specialists.

Caregivers in the nursery helped to ease the family’s worries during the first few days of Eulalie’s life.

“It was difficult to watch that little bassinet wheel out of the room,” April recalled, “but we soon discovered this experience would introduce us to St. Anthony’s best-kept secret: the Special Care Nursery.”

The nurses in Special Care were warm, steady and supportive, April and Ed recalled. As April’s discharge drew near, she was encouraged to stay on as a guest for two nights and continue her regular visits. Eulalie came home on May 22.

“We are grateful to know that our daughter was in such good hands in the Special Care Nursery as a small, new person,” April said. “We were deeply appreciative of those little things, the way nurses always called her by name and spoke gently to her, ready with a tip or trick up the sleeve to soothe her – or encouraging words to reassure us. Whether it was the middle of the day or the middle of the night, we encountered a special kind of personal warmth in that room.”

“The Special Care Nursery truly lives up to its name, stepping beyond specialized medicine to special people who make an invaluable difference in parents’ and babies’ lives during such a critical and emotional time,” April Wagner said. “We felt truly blessed by the care we received, and hope to pass that blessing to other families by donating to the Special Care Nursery. We plan to donate every year for Christmas, as well as Eulalie’s birthday.”

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