- you are a smoker
- you use alcohol in excess
- you use illegal drugs
- you are having a multiple pregnancy (twin, triplets, etc)
- you have had three or more miscarriages
- your baby has been found to have a genetic condition
- you have an infection such as HIV or Hepatitis-C
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- in a previous pregnancy, your baby was born with a genetic condition such as Down Syndrome, you had seizures or pre-term labor
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A Mother’s Pride: UAB Delivers for Tankersley Family
Martha Tankersley, MSN, RN, transplant administrator for the UAB Comprehensive Transplant Institute, has a strong sense of connection to UAB. It certainly derives from her 26 years of work with UAB’s transplant programs, but that connection becomes much more personal each Mother’s Day; she and her three children were delivered at UAB Hospital.
Tankersley says her mother, now 84, recalls that Martha – the youngest of four siblings – was delivered on the 5th floor of Jefferson Tower. That was in 1965, decades before the advent of the UAB Women & Infants Center and long before UAB Medicine became the vast enterprise it is today. At that time, her father, Leonard Robinson, was attending the UAB School of Medicine while serving on the UAB School of Dentistry faculty in the area of oral pathology.
“We are a UAB Medicine family, no doubt about that,” Tankersley says. “There is so much tradition for us, so I take a lot of pride in UAB. All of my doctors are here, and I have been working here in some capacity since 1987.”
Tankersley lived in Boston before returning to UAB in 1987 to begin her internship as a nurse, then she worked in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit from 1988 to 1991 before joining the transplant program to become a transplant coordinator. Her three children – sons age 23 and 16, and daughter age 21 – all were delivered at Jefferson Tower.
"I insisted on that, because it was just logical,” Tankersley recalls. “I could actually walk over to my appointments from my office, or that’s what I was thinking at the time. With my first child, I remember coming to work the day he was born, in August of 1993, and I was a few days past due. I was working in West Pavilion, so I had packed a bag and just came in to work that morning. I was having contractions while we were rounding, seeing patients all over the hospital. By mid-morning I was doubled over, though. One of the nephrology staff who was rounding with me that day finally said, ‘That’s it. We’re getting you to the hospital.’ He walked me over to Kirklin, and from there I was in a wheelchair on my way to delivery.”
Tankersley says there was never any doubt that she would receive her OB/GYN care at UAB, partly because of her employment but largely because of the quality of care provided.
“Brian Gleason was my obstetrician,” she says. “My first child was delivered by emergency C-section, and the second and third deliveries were also both by C-section. For the last two, Dr. Gleason was out of the office, presumably on vacation, but he chose to return to perform the planned deliveries. I feel like that personalized care is something you can’t put a price on. It’s one more reason I have such a connection with UAB.”
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