From Monster Truck Driver to New Mom

March 21, 2024

Brianna Mahon and daughterWhen Brianna Mahon discovered she was pregnant, she knew it was time to take a break from her second job. Mahon, 33, of Palmetto – who had a “normal job” as a hairdresser – had been a monster truck driver. “It’s been a great and very wild ride,” says Mahon. But when she and her husband learned they were going to be parents last year, after returning from a trip to London, the decision to pause driving was clear.

The Right Choice for Her Maternity Care

Mahon originally planned a home birth, but her husband wanted her to deliver in the hospital. She chose OB/GYN Joel Hallam, DO, as her obstetrician because she heard he was “understanding and open minded” to different types of birth plans.

“I had been to many hospitals over the years for injuries, and I am not a fan. Choosing Dr. Hallam and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center really eased my fears. Dr. Hallam was very accepting of how I wanted to do things,” she says. “From the first time I went into his office, every single person treated me like they knew me. I’ve never been treated as kindly. They were really there for me on an emotional level.”

‘It Was Everything I Wanted’

The birth of her baby girl Sage was extremely positive. “It was just like a home birth, but not at home, I went in with a birth plan and they were very accommodating,” Mahon says.

“I’m so thankful for the staff at the Women’s Center. Honestly, they were like family. They did everything they could to make me feel safe and comfortable. Everyone was in such a positive mood every day. No matter who was coming into the room, they had a smile on their face,“ adds Mahon.