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Sacramento resident Brittany Bresler considered herself lucky to be blessed with a low-risk, problem-free pregnancy. "It really was the easiest pregnancy," says Brittany. "This was my first pregnancy and I felt good and the baby and I were healthy. I did prenatal yoga, took classes, had a birth plan and was ready to deliver my baby!"

Unfortunately for Brittany, her smooth sailing did not continue once her due date arrived. "I was due on February 5 - but that day came and went with no baby," she remembers. "Then, the next morning on February 6, my water broke! I wasn't having any contractions, though, so I took my time and started cleaning my house, washing my sheets, I took a shower and did my hair. After about 3 hours I still wasn't feeling anything. I called the doctor and then my husband and I packed up the car and headed to Mercy Hospital of Folsom."

Once she arrived, it became clear that Brittany's labor wasn't progressing very far on its own. Brittany tried everything to get her labor moving, including working with the yoga ball; walking the halls; showering; rocking in the rocking chair; and eventually the medication Pitocin. Her doctor had also discovered that Brittany's baby was "sunny side up," Brittany had developed a fever, and the epidural she had received wasn't managing all of her pain. Fifty-two hours after her water broke, Brittany and her husband and her doctor agreed - the baby would need to come out via C-section. "We were all very done at that point," Brittany says. "I was getting discouraged and I was so exhausted. We knew the C-section was the best option."

At 11:48am on February 8, Brittany's daughter Ellowyn Dora Bresler was born. "She was healthy and was doing great," Brittany says. "So I reminded the nurses that I wanted to do skin-on-skin contact as quickly as possible. Within minutes, they had her on my chest - right there in the operating room! I also knew that breastfeeding was a top priority for us. Once I was in the recovery room, I asked to breastfeed her and the nurses unwrapped her and handed her to me. I was so happy!"

For Brittany, being able to stick to her plan after delivery was crucial. "I really felt like nothing had gone according to plan with my delivery. Everything that had happened was outside of our control. I knew that skin-to-skin and breastfeeding were plans that I could stick to and my nurses and doctor were so supportive in helping to make that happen!"

Despite the challenges she faced, Brittany says her experience at Mercy Hospital of Folsom was outstanding. "The nurses and doctors were so amazing. They supported my decisions every step of the way - they never pressured me during labor and let me direct things as much as possible. When I was in horrible pain during the placement of a fetal monitor, the doctor not only called immediately for the anesthesiologist, he held my hand while the epidural was being placed! How many doctors would do that? And during my C-section, I was shaking so badly and just grabbed a nurse's hand - she held my hand and said, 'I'm not going anywhere.' She stood right there the entire time! I chose to deliver at Mercy Folsom because I know that they give individual attention to patients. I'm so happy I made that choice!"

Brittany also took advantage of the pampering amenities Mercy Hospital of Folsom provides to new moms. "I had a foot massage while I breastfed my baby one morning! It was really, really nice. We also enjoyed the aromatherapy. And my husband took full advantage of the Wi-Fi - 52 hours of labor meant a lot of time watching sports for him!"

Now, Brittany is home and enjoying her six week old baby girl. "The first few weeks were rough - nothing prepares you for that," she says. "But now, six weeks in, we're doing great. I'm just enjoying every minute with her!"

To learn more about Mercy Hospital of Folsom and the amenities they offer, visit their website.

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Kid Friendly Breakfast


Breakfast can be a challenging meal with young kids. Finding something somewhat nutritious that they will enjoy can be even tougher. These tasty sticks do just that. With protein-rich egg and Greek yogurt, pair these with some fresh fruit and your kids will be set for a great start to the day!

French Toast Sticks

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 wide-loaf slices day-old bread

Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup maple-flavored pancake syrup
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon

Combine sauce ingredients.

Beat eggs, 1/2 cup yogurt and cinnamon in shallow dish until blended. Cut each bread slice into 3-4 sticks. Soak bread stick in egg mixture, turning once.

Coat large nonstick skillet with cooking spray, heat over medium heat until hot. Place bread sticks in skillet in two batches. Cook over medium low heat until golden brown, 1-2 minutes per side.

Clean skillet and repeat with remaining bread. Serve with dipping sauce.

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