Rachel Bartley is a respiratory therapist at Riley Children’s Health who unexpectedly delivered her baby in the Riley Maternity Tower, where she usually spends her work days.
Normally, she’s part of the stork team, which is present for high-risk deliveries. Her focus is to ensure babies are breathing.
The team that she works with was present for her own delivery due to complications at the end of her last pregnancy.
Rachel faced concerns about preeclampsia and had to be induced when she was 35 weeks and six days pregnant. Her son required immediate respiratory support when he was born. The stork team jumped into action.
Rachel's son required a NICU stay. She says she is very grateful to the entire NICU team and the respiratory therapists who were able to help her son in those crucial moments.