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The needs in our valley don’t stop for a pandemic: Meet Travlyn

Throughout the month of April, the team at Virginia Mason Memorial’s Family Birthplace has delivered 165 babies during the global novel coronavirus pandemic. The needs in the Yakima Valley don’t stop for a pandemic. Continue to show your support for children’s health by giving to The Memorial Foundation today here.

The excerpt below was shared by new dad, Cody Beebe, about the birth of his and Andes’ daughter Travlyn on April 18, 2020.


One week ago, we welcomed this little beauty into the world and we are so beyond in love – Travlyn Reed Beebe, born 6lb 5oz and 20 1/4 inches at Virginia Mason Memorial in Yakima. We figured that being born into a world where traveling is now limited, it’d be awesome if we could instill that sense of adventure from the start.

I never had any doubt, but Andes is truly a rock star and the respect I hold for her is immeasurable. After 10 hours of labor, Travlyn’s heart rate dropped drastically and our doctor and nurse went into action, calling for an emergency C section. I had to wait in a separate room while their team tried to bring her heart rate back up. It was the longest 20 minutes of my life, not knowing her fate and not being able to be with Andes. Finally we were reunited. They performed the surgery and afterward there were tears of joy all around. Trav’s umbilical cord had been wrapped around her neck twice, causing her heart to drop with every contraction.