The Mother Baby Center is made up of an extraordinary staff of talented, dedicated health care professionals. We’ll highlight them here on the Great Beginnings blog. With that, we’d like to introduce Kelly Drake, RNC.
What’s your job title? Describe your role.
I am a registered nurse in labor and delivery. I love the fact that I have many different roles within my position. I am a nurse at the bedside to help women and their babies safely through labor, delivery and Cesarean sections. At times, I scrub into the operating room for obstetrics surgeries – Cesarean deliveries and cerclages. I triage women for various concerns throughout their pregnancy, care for those experiencing a high-risk pregnancy and staying on our antepartum unit or care for moms and babies after delivery on our postpartum units. I often oversee these units and orient new staff to these areas as well as participate on a few different committees within TMBC and teach our neonatal resuscitation program to our staff.
What’s the best part about working at The Mother Baby Center?
I love the variety of what I do every day; it is never the same shift twice and never boring. We have a talented and amazing staff that make it all possible, and it’s a privilege to be a part of this place, team and to care for our patients. My favorite part of my job is meeting a patient and her family, helping them through labor and supporting them as they meet their new baby.
What is your favorite activity outside of work?
I spend most of my time outside of work with my family. My husband and I have three girls – all delivered at Abbott Northwestern Hospital! I’m a busy mom with the kids in many sports and activities, and I try to attend as many of their events as I can. I also enjoy time outdoors going for walks with our dog, Cooper. I love to relax and enjoy curling up and reading a great book.
What’s a little-known, fun fact about you?
Crazy, I know, but I still voluntarily work a straight night shift after 16-plus years. Somehow, I have found a way to make it work for my life and still enjoy it.