• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Special delivery for the Nardinger family

June 9, 2019

In early January, Holly and Ryan Nardinger of Lake City, Minnesota, attended their first labor and delivery class to prepare for the birth of their first child. The lesson came just in time.

That night after getting home, Holly began feeling some unusual sensations. Initially, she didn't think much of it. The baby wasn't due to arrive for another two months, and at a 32-week checkup earlier that day, everything looked good.

But the odd, cramping feelings persisted. Holly couldn't sleep, so she took a warm bath. Then another. Then she experienced something she'd heard about in class the night before. "Around 3:30 a.m., the contractions started to form one of the patterns we'd learned about," Holly says. She called The BirthPlace at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Minnesota. "They told me to come in and get checked right away."

At The BirthPlace, Holly's care team began monitoring her contractions, and a nurse did an exam to check Holly's cervix. That's when they realized Holly was in preterm labor. She turned to Ryan and said, "Honey, I think we're having a baby today." Read the rest of the article. _____________________________________
This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.