September 14, 2010

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I met with Kristin Schweain today as part of a series we’re putting together on Women and Infants.

She "moved into" the hospital in early June due to having a high-risk pregnancy. She’s since made her room an extension of her home back in Jackson, MO – photos of loved ones, lots of pictures colored by her young daughter, books and other comfort items that can transform a hospital room into a safe and familiar haven.

She was one of those wonderful subjects that didn’t need prompting to tell her amazing story, and she did so in her own style. Throughout the interview there was laughter and a few near-tears as she related her journey to Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

She’s gotten to know lots of people at the hospital, such as nurses, housekeeping, food service and docs and says their thoughtful care and positive attitudes have made her stay at Barnes more than tolerable.

During the interview, she was outed as an award-winning musician by her doctor. Little did we know we were in the presence of such talent! Kristin used to be in a group called ZOEgirl, a Christian pop music group whose fan base were teenage girls. In 2002 they won a GMA Dove award for “New Artist Of The Year”. She’s now a solo artist who’s music is more piano focused – I’ve been playing it all afternoon and it’s phenomenal!

If you’d like to learn more about Kristin, she has a website where she shares information about herself, her music, and her life, and a MySpace page, on which you can listen to her new solo album, Days of Eden. She also has a personal blog where you can read about her stay with us at the hospital, and a  CaringBridge site where she’s logging her days until her baby boy arrives.

We’re not ready to post the interview just yet, but wanted to let you know that this amazing story, among others, will be featured throughout the month of October. Kristin’s was just too positive of a story to keep under wraps that long!

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