A day in the life of Amanda McClelland is all about family. Especially, now more than ever, as Amanda welcomed her fourth child into the world in July 2016 — and a busy life it is.
With three in diapers, trips to the pediatrician and nights of interrupted sleep, Amanda’s life is hectic, and wonderful. "The kids are my entire world," Amanda says smiling. "Having four little ones can be stressful, but as long as I can give them what they need, that’s pretty much it for me."
A front-end supervisor for a local supermarket, Amanda goes on to explain her day, "Day care ends at 5 p.m. We spend an hour outside before dinner, or I prepare something the night before so we have more time. Whether it’s 5 below zero or 110 degrees, the kids want to be outside."
When she learned she was pregnant with her first child, Amanda was looking for a safe, loving environment for prenatal care and delivery. She reached out to Healthy Beginnings Plus at Doylestown Health, where Dianna White, RN, patient care coordinator, answered the call.
Healthy Beginnings provides prenatal and postpartum care and resources, including nutrition counseling and parenting education, at no cost to expectant mothers who qualify.
"Dianna welcomed me with open arms," Amanda says fondly. "She arranged my medical care and helped with insurance. I feel very close to her." Amanda continues, "I was worried throughout my pregnancies. I would call Dr. (Melanie) Ware and Dr. (Scott) Dinesen at two or three in the morning, leave a message with the answering service, and they would call back right away. They were helpful and reassuring, treating me more like family than a patient."
Amanda delivered all four of her children at Doylestown Health's VIA Maternity Center and feels she could not have made a better choice. "The care I received at Doylestown Health was outstanding. Healthy Beginnings helped me obtain insurance for my kids and information about WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and food stamps," says Amanda.
Delighted with the strong, healthy start she has been able to provide for her family, she feels secure knowing that same level of expertise can be found with the inpatient care available for children at the Carol and Louis Della Penna Pediatric Center, just a 15-minute drive away, at the hospital she has come to love.
Amanda’s Story: More than Maternity Care [Video]
About Doylestown Health's VIA Maternity Center
Doylestown Health's VIA Maternity Center is rated among the best in the region for maternity care with services available for every stage of pregnancy through the birth experience. The VIA Maternity Center features a 32-bed maternity unit that includes 9 labor, delivery & recovery rooms, 22 private post-partum rooms, and a Level II NICU staffed by CHOP neonatologists.