Special deliveries: Fathers celebrate birth of their sons, daughters at Michigan Medicine
Each year, faculty and staff in the Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital Birth Center help deliver more than 4,500 babies.
For many parents, a visit to the Birth Center is filled with joy, happiness, hope — and yes, some exhaustion.
In honor of Father’s Day, Headlines recently caught up with a few dads in the Birth Center and asked them to reflect on the birth of their son or daughter, some of whom were delivered only hours before. Due to complications and sickness, there were other couples who were unavailable during the visit. The entire Headlines team is keeping them in their thoughts and wishing them a speedy recovery.
Check out these picture-perfect moments:
Tracey Williams, as he was getting to know his newborn daughter, Ava.
“I cried when she was born. I was just so excited and a little overwhelmed with the whole thing. It was just an incredible moment.”
Nathan Thetford, whose wife just gave birth to Rylee, their third daughter.
“We’ve got three girls now, so it’s going to be tough — I’m outnumbered! But I don’t know anything else other than having a beautiful daughter and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Joe Dormer, who was celebrating the birth of he and his wife’s first child. They are both Michigan State graduates.
“It’s been incredibly fun so far. We had a little Spartan born right here at U-M!”
Davell Johnson, whose newborn daughter Noahel was being cared for in the pediatric cardio-thoracic unit at Mott.
“I wish we could take her home with us right now because it’s tough seeing her here having to get specialized treatment. But I know she’s in good hands and they’re taking great care of her.”
Max King has spent six weeks staying at Von Voigtlander alongside his partner, Tara, who has been in labor. He sleeps each night on an air mattress. Tara was scheduled to be induced within 24 hours.
“There’s so much excitement now for us to be parents, but there’s also relief. I’m thrilled to be having a son, but the best thing about her being induced is that we’re closer to being able to take both her and our little one home.”
Alex Boley, as he was holding his first child, daughter Emma.
“It feels a little bit surreal to be a dad. It’s one thing when you have a dog to take care of, but now we have a daughter! It’s a special feeling.”
Alan Brockman, who was spending time with his baby daughter Anna.
“Being a dad certainly keeps you busy. It’s definitely a happy time — and an exhausting time!”
Ryan Walker was supporting his wife, Bridgette, as she began to go into labor. Their four-year-old daughter, Lily, was there as well.
“This is certainly different from our first experience with child birth. This time, we get to see how excited Lily is to be a big sister. It makes it that much more exciting for everyone.”