A place where every day is Mother’s Day
When you spend your days helping women become mothers, every day is Mother’s Day.
The nurses, faculty and staff of the Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital birth center understand that every day they come to work is one that their patients will never forget.
“My work is a real privilege, to be a participant in a family welcoming its newest member,” said Debby Retzer, R.N., B.S.N., IBCLC. Retzer has been an obstetric nurse since 1984, spending the last 15 years as a lactation consultant.
“Each birth is different and special,” Retzer said. “One of my favorite moments is when mom and baby finally get to relax and be together and you can just see the joy. I love seeing them get off to a great start.”
The birth center supports more than 4,000 deliveries annually, with volumes having steadily risen in recent years. In addition to being a destination for high-complexity pregnancies and multiples, the birth center at Von Voigtlander is well respected for its large and experienced nurse-midwifery and breastfeeding support teams.
The obstetrical nursing team’s commitment to their patients is not lost on the patients themselves. Family after family mention the birth center staff as being a memorable and important part of the process of becoming a mother.
“We are cheerleaders and coaches, we’re here to help them meet their baby,” said Retzer. “It’s a great job.”
And it’s a job that makes an impact on all those who help welcome a new baby into the world. In the days leading up to Mother’s Day, Von Voigtlander nurses shared their perspectives on the honor of helping women become mothers. Check out their reflections in the video above!