When Naeemah Charles made the decision to get pregnant last year, she knew exactly where she wanted to go for care, and whom she wanted as her OB/GYN.
“In 2005 I delivered pre-term and my baby passed away soon after. I knew then that if I ever tried again, I would choose Grady and Dr. Kiwita Phillips,” said Charles.
Phillips and Charles have known each other for more than 10 years. Phillips did her residency at Grady from 2006 to 2010 and is now an OB/GYN attending, while Charles is an LPN in Grady’s Perinatal Center.
“Because I’ve seen her care for other moms-to-be at Grady, I knew Dr. Phillips was right for me given my history. Her style—straightforward, pragmatic, no nonsense—would help me during this pregnancy,” Charles said.
Phillips designed a week by week, trimester by trimester plan that would take Charles’ baby to full-term. But what made this journey even more special, was Phillips’ own pregnancy.
“We were pregnant at the same time, and I made sure to schedule Naeemah’s C-Section before my own so I could follow through on our birth plan,” Phillips said.
Charles and Phillips’ surgeries were scheduled for December 26 and December 27, 2017 respectively, but plans changed after an ultrasound, and Phillips’ delivery date moved up by two weeks.
“I texted Naeemah to let her know I was having my baby, and that Dr. Franklyn Geary would take my place as the surgeon for her C-Section,” Phillips said.
While Charles was happy to be in the expert care of Geary, program director of obstetrics and gynecology at Morehouse School of Medicine, she was disappointed she would not have the doctor who was with her from day one.
“We had a game plan! I wanted my doctor,” Charles said with a laugh, “But I knew I was in good hands—Dr. Geary is one of the best.”
As Charles was prepped for surgery on December 26 as planned, Phillips came strolling into her room.
“It was 10 days after my C-Section, I could walk around, and I wanted to be there for Naeemah. This moment was a celebration and the culmination of a journey we were on together, I couldn’t miss it,” Phillips said.
To Charles, that kind of compassion, love and quality care can’t be found anywhere else.
“When I saw her face, whatever last bits of anxiety I had just disappeared. My doctor showed up for me in a big way, and I can’t thank her enough,” Charles said.
Charles gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Niley. A playdate for Niley to meet Phillips’ daughter Zadieparker is in the works.