News | Published June 16, 2014

Employee enjoys double gift of parenthood, just in time for Father's Day

Ross Bellinger, CRNA, operating room, Mount Nittany Medical Center, admits that his father is one of the most special people to him. So when he and his wife, Eve, found out they were expecting twins, he immediately hoped he would be able to make the same impact on his children someday.

Although the goal was to make it to June 30, which would have been week 38 of Eve’s pregnancy, on Monday, June 9, fraternal twin girls entered this world.

“I was working downstairs in the operating room when I got a call that Eve was here at the hospital,” said Ross, who confesses he was a little shocked. “I soon learned that I was going to become a dad in the next few hours.”

Mount Nittany Physician Group physicians Jessica Shuman, MD, OB/GYN; Angela Hardyk, MD, FACOG, OB/GYN; and Craig Collison, MD, pediatrics, helped the Bellingers deliver safely at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

“Our goal was to deliver here in State College so we could be close to home, and we felt confident with our physicians and their expertise,” said Ross.

Likewise, Drs. Shuman, Hardyk, and Collison felt confident that they would be able to grant Ross and Eve’s wishes to deliver locally. “I’m so happy for Ross and Eve,” said Dr. Shuman. “Once we knew how important it was for them to deliver here, Drs. Hardyk, Collison, and I all pulled together, willing to do our very best to keep everyone safe.”

Just before lunchtime, healthy twins Eliza and Emma were born via C-section, weighing in at just under five pounds each.

“Everyone was so great, and we’re so thankful that we decided to deliver here at the Medical Center. From the anesthesia team to obstetrics and the surgical team all the way to the aftercare, I just want to say a big thanks to everyone for being so nice and so helpful,” said Ross. “No one ever seemed rushed.”

As the Bellingers get used to the rewards and challenges of two new babies, it’s certain that Ross will always remember the year he received this very special Father’s Day present.

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