Two weeks on from the birth of her baby daughter Reese, Lacie Hietalati is heading back to her healthcare center. Taking her child in for a routine checkup, the mom naturally hopes to hear that everything is as it should be. But during her visit, she encounters something unexpected. Dr. Erik Bostrom is there to greet Hietalati – and he has something for her.
Bostrom is a family medicine doctor at the Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin, Minnesota. He treats people of all ages, but he also has to deliver babies from time to time. Regarding this latter responsibility, he told Star Tribune in December 2018, “It’s a really cool part of medicine.”
Given Bostrom was a fairly new doctor, he decided to try something novel to build trust among his patients. As he put it to Fox 9 that month, “I just thought I had to do something to try and get patients to come see me as the new guy.”
And Bostrom’s approach was effective – if Lacie Hietalati’s reaction was anything to go by. As she took her daughter in for her two-week checkup, she encountered the doctor. According to Fox 9, he said simply, “Well, I have something.” Then, he handed the new mother a pink blanket. Bostrom had personally sewn a unique comforter for her child, and this is something he does for every single one that he helps bring into the world.
As could be expected, Hietalati was absolutely bowled over by Bostrom’s effort. She continued, “It’s a beautiful blanket. It’s something [my daughter will] cherish her entire life. He takes the extra time out of his busy schedule to do this for his patients. That’s a lot. He will be our doctor from now on.”