Madison Hosea Braxton

Madison Hosea and her baby Braxton  

While enjoying the view of the desert mountain landscape from her bed, Madison Hosea gave birth to a healthy baby boy, marking a milestone moment for the first-time mother, the new hospital and the future growth of the North Valley. 

Braxton was born October 13 and was the first baby delivered in the new HonorHealth Sonoran Crossing Medical Center, which opened for patient care on September 23. Because the North Valley hospital is still in its opening phases, North Valley native Hosea was able to receive care from five nurses to help make her delivery experience go as smoothly as possible.  

“It was just the most perfect birth I could have asked for,” Hosea said. “So many amazing nurses and doctors that came in to check on us. The room itself—with the huge windows and the pretty view—I felt like I was giving birth at a resort in Vegas.”

The new hospital was designed for maximum patient comfort. Before patients enter the lobby, they are greeted with ambient music in the parking lot. 

Once patients enter the hospital, their eyes are met with abundant natural light and beautiful art pieces from local artists. There are spaces in the hospital specifically designed so patients can peacefully gather their thoughts, like the meditation room as well as the healing garden that has a calming water feature.

“I want to take a vacation there,” Hosea said with a laugh. Since the beginning of her pregnancy, she said she knew she wanted to deliver at Sonoran Crossing. “I would absolutely deliver there again.”

Because her special moment was also an important highlight for the hospital, 25-year-old Hosea said the staff went to great heights to show their excitement, showering her with gift baskets, sparkling cider and even a celebratory dinner. 

“It was the coolest experience,” she said. “I’m so happy we got to do that, and Braxton got welcomed into the world in the coolest way.”

In the days following Braxton’s birth, she said he has been “just an angel baby,” hardly crying except when he needs something. “He’s such a little love.”

Braxton being the first baby born in the hospital makes it that much more sentimental, she said, adding that it’s so meaningful that he’ll get to grow up with his family driving past the hospital every day.

“It’s so special and exciting,” she said. “I’m just so happy for Braxton—how many people get to say that they were the first baby born at a hospital?” 

Anthem was Hosea’s home growing up, and she said she has loved every minute of it, adding that she plans to raise her family in the North Valley as well. 

“We’re so happy to have Baxton here in this world,” Hosea said. “Thanks to the staff at the new hospital, everything went amazing and I’m just so happy and couldn’t be more grateful.”

The delivery was a sheer success from the clinician side as well, according to Natalie Coffman, senior clinical director of women and infant services, who has been with HonorHealth for almost nine years. 

“Everything was seamless and perfect from our end,” Coffman said. “Everybody really went above and beyond to take care of Madison. We really did everything we could to make sure that her experience was absolutely perfect and everything was without fault.”

The clinicians and staff conducted a series of practice drills and simulations to assure that they were prepared for the hospital’s first deliveries, she said. 

When Hosea arrived, the clinicians were ready, Coffman said. They evaluated her, determined that she was in labor and moved her to one of the large, beautiful rooms on the third-floor delivery department. From there she was admitted and progressed especially quickly for a first-time mom, Coffman said. 

The clinicians positioned her bed right in front of the window so Hosea could enjoy the beautiful view of the sunset and desert mountains while she delivered, Coffman said. 

“She was really excited,” Coffman said. “They loved the room. They said they had a great experience with the staff and the staff had a great experience with her, too.”

This exciting milestone symbolizes not only the hospital’s growth but also the growth of the North Valley as a whole. 

“Sonoran Crossing was really built to capture the community needs up in the Northwest Valley,” Coffman said. “A lot of planning has gone into place over the last several years to bring what the community needs—and they really found that the community really needs a labor and delivery unit.

“There’s a lot of young families—so this was just the start of what we think is going to be a very busy labor and delivery unit. We’re going to have lots of babies.” 

Over the years, Hosea said she’s seen the tremendous growth of her community of Anthem as well as the entire North Valley and it will be exciting to see how much more it develops as Braxton grows.

Sonoran Crossing Medical Center is HonorHealth’s first joint venture hospital since the 2014 merge between John C. Lincoln Health Network and Scottsdale Healthcare. Before Sonoran Crossing Medical Center was completed, the newest obstetric department was at HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center, Coffman said.

“It’s just so exciting to be a part of something so amazing,” Coffman said. “It’s historical really for HonorHealth. We haven’t had a new obstetric department since 1984.”

The hospital’s scope is low-risk deliveries, she said. If significant complications arise during delivery, mothers can be transferred to sister facilities, like HonorHealth’s Shea campus, which has a level-three NICU.

Sonoran Crossing is able to deliver babies and treat pregnancy complications as needed; however, the hospital cannot take scheduled patients and births until they’ve been fully accredited, Coffman said. This means that hospital accreditation officials must survey the facility and assure that all standards and patient safety is accounted for.

Once that process is over, then the hospital will be able to obtain private payer insurance contracts where patients can be billed for scheduled patient services like C-sections and inductions, she said.

“We’re ready to take care of all the mamas out here. We’re just waiting.”