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Why We Love This Place Wednesdays: Dr. Rachel Peterson

By Terra Avilla

As many of you know, my husband and I are anxiously awaiting the birth of our third daughter this fall. Through this pregnancy journey I have been lucky enough to meet some outstanding medical professionals here within our community, one being this week’s feature, Dr. Rachel Peterson.

During my second pregnancy, I was referred to Dr. Braatz, (and I absolutely loved him), however as deliveries and on call situations go, it was not Dr. Braatz who delivered my little Pearl, it was the on-call doctor, who just so happened to be the one, and only, Dr. Peterson.

I remember when she came into the delivery room. This petite, smiling, woman, who was asking me if I was ready to have “this baby.” Her tone was confident and genuine. My husband (bless his heart) had grown quite attached to Dr. Braatz and immediately asked if Dr. Peterson was “sure she knew what she was doing.”

As he spoke the words, my heart dropped. My husband out of anxiety had literally said the rudest comment possible, and he didn’t even realize it.

I looked at Dr. Peterson in an effort to apologize for his statement, and instead of being offended, she laughed, smiled warmly at my husband and assured him that I and our baby were in great hands.

Within a matter of minutes, she and Frankie were rooting me on in unison and the birth of my second-born daughter was a magical moment I will remember forever, in large part due to Dr. Peterson.

Even after the birth, despite Frankie’s rough introduction to her, she was so patient with Frankie, answering all his questions, and even giving him a detailed lesson (through his request) about the umbilical cord.

When I became pregnant with this baby girl Frankie and I scheduled our appointment and Dr. Peterson had an opening available, becoming our doctor for this pregnancy.

She truly makes the pregnancy experience so wonderful. She does not rush any of the appointments, and never once made me feel like I was asking stupid questions.

During this pregnancy I suffered from extremely bad morning sickness and would cry in her office… like during every visit for during the first trimester. Just her listening to me sob, and telling me how what I was feeling was normal, and supporting me, was a huge help. She never made me feel like I was over exaggerating or should “just get over it.”

Instead, she encouraged me, and I was reminded that she too was a working mother (of three beautiful children), and that helped inspire to persevere.

Outside of her profession, I have come to know Dr. Peterson through our oldest daughters. They are in the same class and have become friends, meaning that she and I show up to a lot of the same functions together.

When I say that I have no idea how she does it, I truly mean it. She always is smiling, put together and in an extremely pleasant mood. The woman is a full time doctor, full time mother and wife, and be-bops around town with her three children, and she makes it look so easy.

She is a true gift to this community, and I am so thankful that she has come into my life. I am sure there are hundreds of stories of other mamas that would sing her praises as well, as she is one of the reasons I love the place we live.

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso
SusanvilleStuff.com Publisher/Editor
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