At 2:37 am today, baby Maya Obe came into the world in the parking lot just outside the Medical Services Building at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center. With mother Rie Obe were father Mit Obe and sons Ricki (10) and Rio (6).
Earlier, at the family’s home in Larchmont, Rie’s water broke around 12:40 am. She waited, thinking it would be good to let her boys sleep a bit longer. But by the time they got to Phelps, the baby was already crowning. The Obe family parked in the front of the hospital, reasoning they would come in by the front door and walk up to Labor & Delivery.
Rie Obe took about 10 steps and could go no further – the baby was coming. The boys ran down to the Emergency Department and within minutes, Dr. Peter Lawrence, Nina Mahoney, RN, and Leticia Campos, RN were on the scene. Maya was born right there, a healthy 7-pound baby girl. After the delivery, mom and baby were placed on a stretcher and taken upstairs to the Labor & Delivery room.
This evening, in their room in the Maternal Child Unit, the whole family was there. Maya lay quietly next to her mom on the bed, and the men in the family surrounded them. Rie Obe said she probably should have woken everyone up sooner, but she didn’t realize the baby would come so fast. Maya wasn’t due to arrive until April 25.
Mit Obe said he was extremely grateful to the doctors and nurses who all came to their aid so quickly. When they came out with the stretcher, he said there were at least 8 people there. He was very impressed by how quickly they all worked and how they worked as a team. He seemed amazed that so many people were there just for them.
Mary Sernatinger is director of marketing and communications at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, a 235-bed community hospital with 450 medical staff, representing 34 clinical specialties. Phelps is the exclusive Westchester satellite for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and a clinical affiliate of Mount Sinai Hospital. http://www.phelpshospital.org/.