Spectrum Health touts ‘patient-centered’ birthing suites


BRIAN:..MORE AND MORE, EXPECTANT MOTHERS ARE TAKING BACK CONTROL IN THE DELIVERY ROOM.SUE:..IN FACT, MANY WOMEN ARE CHOOSING áAGAINST THE DELIVERY ROOM AND CHOOSING HOME BIRTHS, DOULAS AND MID- WIVES.24 HOUR NEWS 8’S EMILY LINNERT IS HERE NOW WITH ANOTHER WAY WOMEN ARE GOING NATURAL… WHEN IT COMES TO HAVING THEIR BABIES HERE IN WEST MICHIGAN. 3 EMILY:..BRIAN AND SUE, THE TWO NATURAL BIRTHING SUITES AT SPECTRUM BUTTERWORTH OPENED LAST FALL.WE TALKED WITH ONE COUPLE ABOUT THEIR NATURAL CHILDBIRTH INSIDE A HOSPITAL. 3 3 (ANDREA GUNNETT: “IT ALMOST TEARS ME UP BEING BACK IN THIS ROOM BECAUSE IT WAS SO POSITIVE.”)IT’S AN EMOTIONAL RETURN TO THE ROOM WHERE ANDREA AND ADAM FIRST MET THEIR DAUGHTER CHEYENNE.AT FIRST GLANCE, THIS ROOMS LOOKS LIKE IT MIGHT BE THEIR BEDROOM. IT’S ALL THE COMFORTS OF HOME THAT GIVE THIS NATURAL BIRTHING SUITE AT SPECTRUM BUTTERWORTH THE ATMOSPHERE THESE FIRST TIME PARENTS WERE LOOKING FOR. (ADAM GUNNETT:” IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD COMPROMISE TOO. AT FIRST WE TALKED ABOUT A HOME BIRTH AND THAT MADE ME A LITTLE NERVOUS. IT WAS KINDA THE HALFWAY BETWEEN HOME BIRTH AND FULL UP DOCTORS EVERYWHERE AND MONITORS AND STUFF.”) (KATIE MCNABNAY/SPECTR UM HEALTH:” THERE IS A DEMAND FOR THIS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. THIS IS WHAT WOMEN WANT. THEY WANT NATURAL BIRTH, THEY WANT THIS HOME-LIKE ENVIRORNMENT. IT OFFERS US THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTNER WITH THEM IN A WAY WE HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO BEFORE.”)KATIE MCNABNAY THE SENIOR PROJECT SPECIALIST FOR WOMEN’S AND INFANT SERVICES SAYS SPECTRUM HEALTH HAS ALWAYS HONORED NATURAL BIRTH. THE TWO NATURAL BIRTHING SUITES ARE THE NEWEST WAYS THEY’RE WORKING WITH PATIENTS AND FAMILIES. (KATIE:”IT’S ABOUT PATIENT-CENTERED CARE AND MEETING THE PATIENT WHERE THEY WANT TO BE AND HONORING CHOICE.”) THE GUNNETTS CHOSE TO HAVE A DOULA, MID-WIFE, NURSE AND ANDREA’S MOTHER IN THE ROOM DURING CHEYENNE’S BIRTH.SHE SAYS EVEN WITH THAT CROWD, IT NEVER FELT CRAMPED AND SHE APPRECIATED HAVING SPACE TO MOVE AND CHANGE POSITION WHILE SHE LABORED. (ANDREA: “THIS SPACE WE WERE IN JUST GAVE US THE COMFORT OF HOME AND LET MY LABOR PROGRESS LIKE IT SHOULD AND WE HAD A GREAT EXPERIENCE AND A GREAT DELIVERY.”) 3 3 GREAT DELIVERY.”) 3 3 EMILY:.. 3 ANDREA SAYS SHE WAS UP AND WALKING AROUND IN THE BIRTHING SUITE RIGHT AFTER HAVING HER BABY.YOU DO HAVE TO PLAN AHEAD IF YOU WANT TO USE ONE OF THE TWO NATURAL BIRTHING SUITES AT SPECTRUM HEALTH.WE PUT A LINK TO ALL THE CRITERIA REQUIRED INSIDE OUR STORY AT WOODTV.COM. 3

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