Nine thousand babies are born at Woman's Hospital each year, and now a
member of South Louisiana's wildlife will add her newborns to that number.
Expectant mommies, sonograms and new born babies are all a part of a normal
day the new Woman's Hospital. But a few weeks ago some of the staff had a
different, parental encounter in section G of the staff parking lot, and it was
nothing like they'd ever seen at the hospital before.
"I noticed her sitting under the tree, and I just knew," said
Woman's Hospital staffer Jill Brakebill. "I was like, 'oh, we're going to
"We've had Canada geese on the property since before we started
construction on the new hospital. We're aware that she's been camped out her
and hatching her eggs for probably the last two weeks," said Stan Shelton,
Woman's Senior Vice President for Support Services.
Shelton, says Mama Goose has since become the hospital's unofficial mascot.
Hospital staffers leave her bread and water each day, and security has roped
off her nest to protect her from cars and pedestrians.
"We've got about 1,800 employees, and the majority of them are
nurses," said Shelton. "They do a great job of caring for our
patients, and in some respects to them this is just another patient."
All are quickly learning a lot about the Canada goose's life cycle and just
how protective they are of their young.
"She did eyeball me. I only passed once, and now I park on the other
side," said Heidi Davis, Woman's employee.
Just to be safe, staffers admire Mama Goose and her nest from a non
threatening distance, while patiently awaiting the arrival of the new Woman's
Hospital's first goslings.
"I think it's ironically appropriate. I think she'll be in the best
hands that she can be in. That's for sure, so she picked a good spot,"
"I am looking forward to the little geese walking around. That's going
to be fun," said Davis.
Based on when she first started nesting, the Woman's staff believes Mama
Goose's eggs will hatch in the next few weeks.
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
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