Rush Delivery: Cardiac Nurse Helps Patient Birth Baby in Hospital Driveway

Anna Wanagat delivered baby Joshua at the West Entrance of Beaumont Hospital, Troy with the help of cardiac nurse Colleen Joseph, R.N.

Anna Wanagat delivered baby Joshua at the West Entrance of Beaumont Hospital, Troy with the help of cardiac nurse Colleen Joseph, R.N.

In the pre-dawn hours of Aug. 26, Colleen Joseph, R.N., and the Wanagat family were about to share a moment no one would ever forget.

Anna Wanagat’s baby wasn’t due until the first week of September, but when her water broke at 4:45 a.m. that Monday morning, she knew she would be heading to the hospital earlier than expected.

Meanwhile, Colleen, who friends call CJ, a nursing educator for the cardiac progressive care unit at Beaumont Hospital, Troy, was getting ready to head to work a little early to set up for a co-worker’s birthday celebration.

“I normally get to work early, but I wanted to get here extra early to set up,” says CJ. “I dragged my feet a little that morning, but as I was driving down Dequindre, I felt like I needed to rush.”

CJ pulled up to the West Entrance to unload party supplies. But as she was getting out of her car, another vehicle pulled up behind her and she heard screaming. “I remember pulling into the West Entrance and thought we’d be able to get a wheelchair,” says Scott Wanagat,

Anna’s husband. “When I opened the car door, I saw the baby coming out and thought ‘I have to find something to catch him in!’” Luckily, CJ ran to help. “I instructed the father to run in and call a ‘code.’ I was hoping that I could just sit there with his little head in my hands until the code team got there,” remembers CJ.

“As soon as Colleen showed up, she said we needed to get the seat laying down, so I jumped in back and moved a car seat so Anna could lay down,” says Scott. “That’s when he started making his way out.”

A cardiac nurse for 23 years, CJ has never experienced anything like this. “As soon as Scott put the seat back, out came little Joshua,” she says. “Inside I was shaking. I’ve never done anything like this. Th e closest I’ve come is maybe a Lifetime movie. It was incredible having that little life in my hands.”

Joshua Salvatore Wanagat made his world debut at 5:45 a.m. inside his parent’s car, in the driveway of Beaumont, Troy. He joins his big brother, Lucas, who is 3.

The shock of the moment is still settling in, though. “I can do CPR, pull a femoral line, jump on a chest, anything. But never deliver a baby!” says CJ. “I feel so good about having been placed in that moment and I know that wasn’t by my design.”

The proud parents were incredibly relieved to see Colleen jump out of the car ahead of them. “I caught her white coat out of the corner of my eye,” Scott says. “When I heard her yell through the door I thought, ‘Thank God someone who knows what’s going on is here.’”

Though not the birthing experience she expected, Anna says, “Thank God a nurse was there! She rushed to our rescue!”

Heads Up: An Odd-Shaped Head at Birth is Nothing To Be Alarmed About


Hi. My name is Rebecca. My birth story isn’t typical, but it’s not all that unusual, either.

You see, I was “expecting” for about 18 months. We began the adoption process in June 2010 (holy paperwork, Batman!) and became the very proud parents of twins in December 2011. We had three weeks’ notice to prepare for two babies.

We met our birthmom and her case worker at a local mall play area. She had a notebook full of questions, which we were happy to answer. Her decision to make an adoption plan was confident, thoughtful and considerate, which made our adoption process move along like a dream.

A week after we met her, she invited us to her home just three miles away from ours to get to know each other better. We met her son, our kids’ half-brother, and learned her history. She was completely wonderful.

It was just a little more than a week after that when we received a call from her. This wasn’t like her, since she always preferred communicating through our adoption agency. She said that all day she wasn’t feeling well and decided to go to the emergency room, just to make sure everything was alright. Good thing she did because those babies wanted out!

In a panicked hustle we sped to the hospital and 97 minutes later we were parents to a 4-pound, 10 ounce girl and a 5-pound, 1-ounce boy. They were six weeks premature.

Our daughter was the first baby born. She was head down, so her brother was sitting on her head for 34 weeks. When the doctor showed her to us for the first time, we had no idea what to think except maybe “Igor” would be a more fitting name than the one we had chosen.

Then out came our boy. I was a little worried at first, but his head was perfect. I’m happy to say that my daughter now has a normal shaped head and big, blue eyes—a real heart-breaker.

Was your child born with a funny-shaped head? Did you see your baby for the first time and think, “Hmmm”?

Being the adoptive parent of multiples is a challenging experience, but it also brings unimaginable joy. I’m happy to share that with you all.

—Rebecca Calappi, Publications Coordinator at Beaumont Health System and adoptive parent of multiples

11 Things I Wish Every Parent Knew


When I read this article by Dr. Stephen Cowan for the first time I thought, “WOW! What great advice for parents of babies and toddlers!” As a childbirth educator and former pediatric nurse, these thoughts are what I have tried to teach and share with the many parents that I have had the privilege of working with and caring for. For this age group I especially like “Trust yourself: You’re the expert on your child”.

Then I shared the article with some friends. A neighbor who is an elementary school teacher said, “WOW! This is what I am trying to convey to the parents of my students!” She especially liked “Growth and development is not a race”. This is very evident in the school age child.

Another friend, who is a high school teach said, “WOW! So much of this applies to parenting and working with teens!” She really liked “Take the long view”, when dealing with the joys and challenges of adolescence.

I read the article again through my eyes as the mom of young adults and I said, “WOW! This applies to parenting college students and young adults starting their careers.” I especially like “The secret of life is letting go”. College and first careers are certainly a time of great growth and letting go for all.

I suggest that you read the article and see how it applies to your age child…then read it again in a few years to continue to see the wisdom in the 11 things.

How do the “11 Things that I Wish Every Parent Knew” apply to you and your age child?

– Mary Anne Kenerson RN, Coordinator, Community Health Education and Intrinsic Coach for Beaumont Health System

In-Room Car Seat Education Calms New Parents’ Nerves

Nicole Capozello, a certified car seat safety technician, shows a first-time dad at Beaumont Hospital, Troy how to properly buckle up his baby girl.

Nicole Capozello, a certified car seat safety technician, shows a first-time
dad at Beaumont Hospital, Troy how to properly buckle up his baby girl.

Becoming a parent for the first time can be very overwhelming. There’s so much going on – feeding schedules, diapering, unexplained crying. And when the time comes for you to take your bundle of joy home from the hospital, you set the car seat on the bed and look at it.

Then you look at your baby. Now what?

Thankfully, Beaumont’s Parenting Program can help. After a successful year-long pilot at Beaumont Hospital, Troy, the Parenting Program is offering first-time parents in-room car seat safety education at both the Troy and Royal Oak hospitals.“ We have one certified car seat safety technician at each hospital,” says Deanna Robb, director, Parenting Program.

“They are especially sensitive to the high anxiety of new parents. Before we had this program in place, we provided families with a list of community resources, including Safety City U.S.A., but now parents can get a little more immediate security knowing how to properly use and install their car seat.”

For years, parents didn’t have many resources to turn to when leaving the hospital with their baby. “We knew we had a gap, so we applied and received a generous grant from the Abrams Foundation. When we conduct inroom education, we regularly fi nd close to 100 cases of car seat misuse per month. By educating parents prior to discharge, we are able to correct these problems,” says Deanna.

Nicole Capozello is a Parenting Program coordinator for the car seat safety program and performs in-room education for patients. “When I walk into rooms and explain why I’m there, parents say, ‘Oh, thank god,’” says Nicole. “The misuse rate on car seats is 80 to 90 percent. Th is program gives us the chance to fix the problem before the families even go home and develop those bad habits.”

With the expansion of the program to Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak in May, nursing units at both locations that off er the car seat education have received positive feedback. At Troy, they have even received positive comments on their HCAHPS survey. “At Troy, I see about 75 families per month, plus I answer questions for other families who may already have experience, but are a bit rusty,” says Nicole. Beaumont’s program is modeled after a successful in-room car seat safety program at DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. Deanna and her team were able to adapt the DeVos model to the needs of Beaumont families. Beaumont’s program is offered most days Monday through Friday for four hours at a time.

“It’s a great thing when we can prevent our Beaumont babies from going home in expired, recalled and improperly installed car seats. The hands-on education parents receive has a real impact on forming a life-long habit of car seat safety,” says Deanna.

Start Social Routines Early To Encourage Language Development

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Instagram credit: @k_a_r_everything

You may be noticing that your baby is starting to coo, babble, make raspberries, and maybe some other sounds while exploring her mouth. When you hear these noises coming from her cute little lips, make it right back at her. If she coos, you coo. If she babbles, you babble. If she makes a raspberry, you make a raspberry. This is a wonderful way to start reinforcing a baby’s vocal output, as well as begin to demonstrate social and reciprocal play. You want your child to understand that there is a benefit to using his/her voice.  This benefit is that you will reciprocate that action.

For older babies, social games and songs are great ways to emphasize back-and-forth play, as well as reinforce initiating.  For example, while playing peek-a-boo, don’t remove your hands to show your face immediately.  See if your baby will reach for you or vocalize when you “disappear.”  Reinforce his vocalization by showing your face and saying, “peek-a-boo!”  Or, stop your song and movement during “Row, row, row, your boat…”  Once your baby “tells you to continue” by vocalizing, laughing, and/or reaching for you, continue your fun song.

What would your toddler do if you threw off one of his routines? What if he didn’t get his favorite toy during bath time?  Would he reach for it?  Vocalize?  Whine?  Use a word or two?!?  This form of “routine sabotage” is a wonderful way to work on initiating and back-and-forth exchanges with your toddler. Other ways to sabotage familiar routines include:

  • Giving an empty cup instead of filling it with milk/juice
  • Getting your child dressed in a different order than usual (shirt put on first if it’s usually put on last, etc)
  • Not opening a bag, box, or door for your child immediately
  • Stopping a familiar song/nursery rhyme (including movements) in the middle of it

These techniques are very beneficial for stimulating your child’s language development.  If you have concerns regarding your child’s speech/language development or are interested in more stimulation activities, talk to your pediatrician or contact a speech-language pathologist.

— Sara Lipson, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist

The Breastmilk Ingredient List That Can’t Be Replicated in Commercial Formula


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What’s really in breast milk? We have been talking about breast milk in several recent posts. I came across this poster that outlines what is actually in breast milk and commercial formula.

Many of the breast milk components are not recognizable to most of us. Looking at the list reinforces the wonders of human milk – designed and created for human babies, adaptable to various circumstances including the nutritional needs of babies of varying ages, ready and accessible when needed. What could be more wonderful than that?

Download the pdf here: What’s_in_Breastmilk_Poster

–Mary Anne Kenerson RN, Coordinator, Prenatal & Family Education at Beaumont 

Editor’s Note: If you are struggling with breastfeeding, contact Beaumont’s Parenting Program for resources. Also, check out this valuable information about the first few weeks with your baby.

Incorporating Breastfeeding in Your Life

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Baby is born, mom is feeling a bit more rested, early breastfeeding challenges have been mastered and breastfeeding is well established.

Now what?  How do I incorporate breastfeeding into my life?  Beaumont’s Prenatal & Family Education Department has developed a class to assist moms with incorporating breastfeeding into their “new normal”. Continue reading