Letter to the Editor: We can’t lose the OB program

Editor’s note: This letter was submitted to the Plumas District Hospital Board of Directors, as well as to Plumas News.

I am writing to you today regarding the OB unit at Plumas District Hospital in hopes my testimony can make a difference in the decisions that are ahead.

I have been a patient of Dr. Erin Barnes for years now and have given birth to both of my sons at Plumas District Hospital, the most recent just this last Wednesday, July 14th, 2021.

Since the moment I found out I was pregnant with both of my children, I never doubted that I wanted the kind of care that Dr. Erin Barnes and staff provide and traveling from Calpine was well worth it.

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At this small, yet incredibly dynamic hospital, the OB unit is staffed with professional, highly skilled, respectful, and courteous staff that not only took great care of me and my sons as patients, but they also make the environment feel like home.  Giving birth there was an incredible experience, both times, in which I continuously felt cared for, safe and greatly supported throughout the entire experience.  All my needs were always met, even those needs I did not even know I had.

They provide you with amenities to make your stay, short or long, as comfortable as it can be and the knowledge, efficiency, compassion, and patience of the entire staff is so appreciated as a new parent and does not go unnoticed.  When complications arose, all the nurses and doctors of the OB Unit are incredibly thorough, making sure you make knowledgeable decisions about yourself and your newborn, followed by an incredible level of care for you both.  When complications were no longer an issue and it was time to go home, they send you home more than prepared and walk you out with excitement for your new journey.

I am incredibly grateful to have two healthy boys, in large part due to the care I received by the OB Unit and I truly cannot imagine having gone anywhere else for my prenatal care or birthing experience.  You are not a number at Plumas District Hospital, you are family and at the end of your stay hugs are exchanged, names are not forgotten, and you want to make up an excuse to see them all again.   The nursing staff and doctors are incredible, and I trust them with my life.

The potential loss of the OB unit piece of the hospital would be devastatingly heartbreaking for the community.  It is truly a treasured piece of the community, welcoming new life into the world, a secret gem of the hospital that has yet to be truly discovered.  I feel so blessed and grateful to have known the care behind the OB Unit at Plumas District Hospital and hope the OB Unit can find a way to remain for many future families to come.

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Michelle Haselton

Calpine