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The Perfect Place to Become a Family Hailey McCormick had a unique perspective on the quality of care mothers and babies receive at The Birth Place at CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center.

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Hailey, a 29-year-old stay-at-home mother from Shreveport, worked as a sonographer at CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center before the birth of her oldest son, Case. She often visited The Birth Place to perform ultrasounds. “I frequently saw how the nurses treated patients like family,” Hailey says. “This, plus the fact my longtime OB/GYN [Kerry Tynes, M.D.] performed most of her deliveries at CHRISTUS Highland, is why I chose to have my baby there.”

Dr. Tynes — assisted by OB/GYN Benny Popwell, M.D., who also delivered Hailey when she was born — brought Case into the world. Hailey fondly remembers sharing a quiet moment with her new family of three on the first night after delivery as her husband, Josh, cuddled Case. “It was so nice that all of my family and friends could be with us in the room before and after delivery,” Hailey says. “What I value most is not just how great the staff treated me, but also how well they treated everyone who came to meet our baby.”

Hailey and Josh returned to CHRISTUS Highland for the birth of their second child, but they didn’t find the same Birth Place. CHRISTUS Highland unveiled a new 19-bed labor and delivery unit in January 2016 with the opening of its West Wing addition. On February 4, Drs. Tynes and Popwell delivered the McCormicks’ second son, Lane. He was the second baby and first boy born at the new Birth Place. “My second experience at The Birth Place was just as amazing as the first,” Hailey says. “The room was more spacious, and the compassion and attentiveness of the nurses was just as wonderful as it had always been. So many staff members came by to check on us before and after the delivery. The love and care we received from everyone truly showed us what it means ‘to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.’"