St. David's to expand Women's Center NICU

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by JIM BERGAMO / KVUE News and photojournalist Kenneth Null

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Posted on September 13, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 13 at 6:00 PM

AUSTIN -- A $38 million expansion is on the way for the St. David's Women's Center of Texas. When completed in September of next year, there will be more beds and staff to handle premature and other high risk deliveries.

19-month-old Trenton Talkington gets around pretty well on the grounds of the St. David's North Austin Medical Center, and for good reason. He spent the the first five months of his life at the St. David's Women's Center of Texas.

"When my water broke so early, I didn't even know if he was at a viable point," said Katie Talkington, Trenton's mother.

"I really think the only way we were able to get through the five months was through the great people and staff they have here," said Brad Talkington, Trenton's father.

OnFriday St. David's broke ground on the new expansion of it's womens center.  

"The type of services that we're expanding here are primarily focused on high risk moms - high risk pregnancies, as well as premature babies or babies born with complications," said Allen Harrison, the CEO of St. David's North Austin Medical Center.

An expansion that includes 20 new beds in its neonatal intensive care unit.

"Those people often spend weeks and months with their babies here," said Harrison. "It's truly the gift of life to be able to leave with a healthy baby."

It's one reason Trenton and his parents wanted to come back and share their story on the day St. David's Women's Center of Texas announced its good news.

"When you're here five months it turns from nurses -- to doctors -- to a real family," said Katie. "We're so blessed to have made some real friends out of a terrible circumstance, and they mean so much to us. We truly believe they're the real reason he's here today."

The Talkington's will be going back to the St. David's Women's Center of Texas soon. Katie is pregnant again. She and Brad are hoping for a less-eventful delivery this time around.

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