TftE SALINA JOURNAL LIFE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1996 B7 T POST-MATERNITY HOME Storks Nest lets mothers rest After leaving hospital, rjew mothers, babies bond at Colorado inn By NANCY LOFHOLM Cox News Service tt GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Theresa Bloom would have given her right arm for a few days of total rest and relaxation after she g&Ve birth to her last child 15 months ago. ''Even though husband Karl gamely pitched in when mother atfd baby came home from the hos- igtal, the phone rang, friends (Hipped in, the duties of running a lj,ed and breakfast kept cropping up and the three older kids needed mothering. It was at that point an idea clicked in Bloom's exhausted brain: Why not combine her expe- J-ience running a bed and breakfast .with her skills as a registered nurse and give other new mothers a break? ; Her fatigue-fueled idea is about to take shape in the Storks Nest, a frne-of-a-kind bed and breakfast inn for new mothers and their babies. It's an idea that Bloom and her eight-person Storks Nest board of directors hope will catch on across the country and help to "solve the costly and controversial 'dilemma of hospital stays for new mothers. When the Stork's Nest bed and breakfast inn is up and running next spring, mothers will be able to get away from it all by going directly from the hospital to the inn. They will spend two to five days there with quiet time to rest and bond with their infants. If needed, they will also have staff help with new baby care. The staff will not be medical personnel but will be trained to handle emergencies. Fathers, siblings visit As Bloom envisions it, the mothers will not be bothered by ringing phones or visitors trooping in and out: Only fathers and siblings will be allowed to visit. They will have the kind of extended recuperation period that new mothers used to get in hospital stays — minus the hassles. Since the inn won't be a medical facility, there won't be any wake- up medical checks in the middle of the night, no tests and no "sickroom" atmosphere. "A hospital is not a relaxing environment," Dr. David West said. "It's a place for sick people to get therapy." West, who is Bloom's family physician and a newly appointed legislative committee head on the board of the American Academy of Family Physicians, is a director for the nonprofit Storks Nest corporation and one of its most ar- "In this hustle-bustle society we don't take time out for recovery and bonding after birth. The importance of those few days of life is overwhelming." Dr. David West family physician and board member of nonprofit Storks Nest corporation in Grand Junction, Colo. dent promoters. "In this hustle-bustle society we don't take time out for recovery and bonding after birth," West said. "The importance of those few days of life is overwhelming. There is a measurable difference in babies who have just 16 more hours of bonding." West and Bloom said that period is important for all mothers, but particularly for young mothers with no baby-care experience and no social support structure. Hospitals cut costs They don't get much help during their hospital stay because hospitals have been pushed to get women out ever earlier after giving birth to cut costs. In a backlash, federal legislation has been proposed which would allow every new mother in the country to stay in the hospital a day longer. The estimated price tag of just one extra day for all mothers is $1.3 billion. Grief/ Daily journal eases pain FROM PAGE B1 -j Frances Darby knew right away she was suffering. It took her a while to realize that he was suffering, too. She often wishes she crawl inside his head. Then know what he needs, how. to help him. He had been so lltive, so alert. He was a good pas©V wise and warm and funny. J^ometimes when her husband's flrce reflects his pain, she puts his rafce in her hands and prays for God's peace. James smiles. :. Sally Eudaly commits her mem- joules to paper. She keeps a daily journal. She's a regular letter writer. If something is important; she finds it all the more important Ifi'write it down. She writes about Miat she cares about. She cares about a lot. She writes for posteri- JJtjShe writes for herself: of my memories is of the few minutes we sat to- gether in our car, my beloved Woodie and I. In one month's time, he had changed from a healthy, 6-foot-l, active man into an emaciated, pain-ridden invalid; but he still looked like Prince Charming to me." Lung cancer Woodie and Sally Polk were married in 1949. They raised four children. Woodie smoked too much. Sally believes that's how he developed lung cancer. One night when he was so weak he could barely hold his razor, Sally drove Woodie to a party given in his honor. When they got home they sat for a minute in the driveway. "It was quiet, dark. The lights were on inside the house because our teen-age daughter was there. We sat together, he in the back seat, I in the front. Woodie broke the silence, 'I am going to lick this thing!' Tears poured out of my eyes, but he could not see them in the dark." Woodie died a month later. He was 52. Sally tried to turn to God, but she continued to feel pain, anger, rejection. Somehow it all subsided. She realizes now God was always there for her. How else would she have met another man as wonderful as Woodie? Sally and Chili Eudaly were married in 1979. Together, they have five children and 15 grandchildren. Sally, 67, says she writes so she can see. And this is what she sees when she reads "Our Golden Thread." She sees people who are holy, not because they are so wise or good but because they know God. "We're like mirrors that reflect the sun. The mirror doesn't know what it's doing. 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