GLEN DALE, W.Va. – Since the October opening of the WVU Medicine Children’s Women’s and Newborn Center at Reynolds Memorial Hospital, the labor and delivery team has been preparing for its first birth, which was scheduled for yesterday (Jan. 22).

The WVU Medicine Children's Pediatric Transport Team arrives at Reynolds Memorial Hospital on Sunday, Jan. 20, to transport a newborn to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Morgantown.
The WVU Medicine Children's Pediatric Transport Team arrives at Reynolds Memorial Hospital on Sunday, Jan. 20, to transport a newborn to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Morgantown.

However, the team received a surprise on Sunday morning (Jan. 20), when an ambulance brought Rebekah Wolfe to the Reynolds Memorial Emergency Department.

At 26 weeks pregnant, Wolfe was suffering from a serious complication called a placental abruption. Placental abruption happens when the placenta partially or completely separates from the inner wall of the uterus before delivery, which can decrease or block the baby’s supply of oxygen and nutrients and cause heavy bleeding in the mother.

An emergency C-section was performed and saved both the mother’s and the baby’s lives. The baby girl, Kieryn, arrived at 10:12 a.m. and weighed just 1.76 pounds. A team of healthcare providers, including a pediatrician, nurses, a respiratory therapist, and a pharmacist, worked to stabilize Kieryn. The WVU Medicine Children’s Pediatric Transport Team was called to take her to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at WVU Medicine Children’s in Morgantown.

Now 3 days old, Kieryn is continuing to improve. Wolfe was released from Reynolds on Wednesday and was able to travel to Morgantown to be with her baby.

Baby Reagan with mom Vera Ruhlman and dad Zach Stoneking
Baby Reagan with mom Vera Ruhlmann and dad Zach Stoneking

What was originally scheduled to be the first delivery resulted in the birth of a baby girl named Reagan, who weighed 7 lbs. and 7 oz. and was 20 inches long. She was born at 5:46 p.m. yesterday. Reagan is the daughter of Vera Ruhlmann and Zachary Stoneking.

Before joining WVU Medicine, Reynolds Memorial Hospital had to close its labor and delivery unit. The new Women’s and Newborn Center at Reynolds gives women and children in the Northern Panhandle access to the same quality care available at WVU Medicine Children’s in Morgantown.

The unit is located on the second floor of the hospital and includes brand new equipment, three labor and delivery rooms, five postpartum rooms, and a nursery. Board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist Nicole Carlson, M.D., leads the unit. To schedule an appointment, call 304-843-1100.