Callie Goldsmith's Story
Callie’s pregnancy was going well until a month before her due date when she was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia. That meant she was going to be hospitalized unless other amenities could be made for her to stay as close to the hospital as possible until her baby could be born. That’s when she heard about Ronald McDonald House at Parkview and that a room designed specifically for high-risk pregnant mothers was available. She loved the idea, but she was concerned about her other kids. When she was told that they could stay with her or visit her anytime, she took the opportunity and moved in to the Ronald McDonald House!
After staying at Ronald McDonald House at Parkview for about a week, Callie’s ultrasound showed that her daughter was about 10lbs. and needed to be born. A C-section was scheduled for June 3rd, but the baby had other plans and let Callie know on June 2nd that it was time. Callie remembers that her mom assisted her into a wheelchair and rolled her down the hall to have her baby! Ayleana June was born after Callie had an emergency C-section at 36 weeks and 6 days. Ayleana was immediately whisked up to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit and stayed there for 16 days until she finally got to go home on June 18th – six days before her due date.
Callie truly appreciated the Ronald McDonald House at Parkview for the 25 days she and her mom stayed here. She says, “It’s a family away from family – every time I would walk through the front hallway, the staff would ask how my baby girl was doing. The volunteers are always on top of things and all of the meals were to die for! I enjoy cooking at home, but it was great to have all of the meals prepared for me here. It was great because I loved all of the food and it was like my own cooking without me having to cook it!”
Since Ayleana has gone home with her family, she has been growing well! She recently turned one, she’s close to walking, she is starting to talk, and she adores her brothers!