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By: DiGuilio Advertising for Wahiawa General Hospital
Expectant mothers who choose to deliver at the Birth Place are guided every step of the way to ensure that the birthing experience is a comfortable and joyful one.
Families are offered tours of the unit and are invited to meet the staff to discuss childbirth options and ask any questions. Childbirth Preparation Classes cover everything from nutrition, to what to expect during labor, to caring for the newborn. Welcoming a new brother or sister can be an adjustment, which is why the Birth Place also offers a Sibling Class for the big brothers and sisters-to-be.
During labor, patients are tended to by their physician, nurse, and nurse midwife. Nurse midwives have been a part of the Birth Place since its inception almost twenty years ago. Midwives are advanced practicing nurses who earn an additional certification to add the distinction of midwife and are often present with the expectant mother through most of her labor.
In addition to assistance during labor with medications, breathing techniques, and positions, the Birth Place also has a patient Jacuzzi for added comfort. Epidurals are also available during the birthing process.
Although many of the families that choose to give birth at the Birth Place are residents of Central Oahu and the North Shore, there are families who will travel across town to experience the expertise of the caring and competent staff at the Birth Place because of the added convenience of giving birth close to home. Take for instance Sherry Kuroda, a first time mother who gave birth at the Birth Place. "Because we live in Hawaii Kai we weren't sure we would make it to Wahiawa in time," said Kuroda. I'm certainly glad we did because I was able to have the birth I wanted, and we received the kind of personalized attention I'm sure we would not have received at another hospital." Kuroda cited that it was a combination of the caring staff and their expertise that convinced her and her husband to choose the Birth Place.
For more information, please call 621-4244 or 621-8411 and ask for the Birth Place.