As 2018 came to an end, Bethany and Aaron Warner were happily awaiting the birth of their second child. But then they learned Bethany had developed preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure, and an early delivery was required. When Baby Ezra was born four weeks early, he struggled with breathing and feeding issues and had to remain at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.
The Warner family lives in Evart, an hour and a half away from Grand Rapids; driving back and forth every day – with 2-year-old daughter Darla – would have been a challenge. The Warners had limited resources for the unplanned hotel stay, meals, and other daily needs. When a room became available at the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan, one week after Ezra’s birth, they felt like a huge weight was lifted from their shoulders.
“We valued the financial help we received by staying at the House, where we had everything we needed while away from our own home – our own room, meals, laundry, and much more. The convenience and comfort of the House took away some stress in an already stressful time”, says Bethany. The Warner family was able to take Ezra home after 12 nights at the House, and they are so grateful they could stay by Ezra’s side every day as he grew stronger.