No Place Like Home: Couple returns home following evacuation to welcome first child

A new mom posing with her newborn along with her team of labor and delivery doctorsAnticipating the birth of your first child is both an exciting and anxious experience, but for Amethea Keyser of Brunswick, Ga., the uncertainty of when and where her baby might be born intensified as Hurricane Matthew approached Southeast Georgia.
Her due date was Oct. 22, but with the baby in a breach position, Jason Joseph, M.D., board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Obstetrics & Gynecology, a strategic affiliate of the Southeast Georgia Health System, scheduled Keyser for a cesarean section on Oct. 17.
“We had no idea what was going to happen but decided to go to Statesboro to be near a hospital with electricity,” says Keyser of the decision she and the baby’s father, Kyle Davis, made to evacuate Thursday morning, Oct. 6. “I was very nervous and had the car seat, baby bag and my medical records all packed.”
Ironically, power went out in Statesboro Friday, Oct. 7, and was off all day Saturday. Davis says, “We decided if were going to be without power anyway, we wanted to be home.”
Adding to the decision to head back home was news that the Health System was reopening Sunday evening, Oct. 9. “This is my first baby,” notes Keyser. “I wanted Dr. Joseph to deliver my baby. I like his personality and am comfortable with him. He is always very informative and never rushes me.”
As usual with pregnancy and delivery, timing is everything. Experiencing contractions and learning her amniotic fluid was low during an appointment with Joseph on Monday, Oct. 10, Keyser was admitted to the Health System’s Miriam & Hugh Nunnally Maternity Care Center and her cesarean was re-scheduled for the next morning.
Rhett Lee Davis made his debut at 7:57 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Sporting a headful of dark hair, he weighed in at seven pounds, five ounces and was 20 inches long. Baby Rhett, mom and dad are all doing well, and ready to go home.
Looking back, Keyser says, “It has been a very emotional and overwhelming few days. We didn’t know which direction we were going in, but it all worked out. Everyone here at the Health System has been wonderful, and all my nurses so helpful. It has been a great first experience.”