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Saint Joseph’s Announces New Birth Center
The recently completed $4 million renovation gave the birth center a new look and feel, as well as new features in each room such as spacious showers and larger sleeping arrangements. The renovation also included a new nursery, birthing suites, state-of-the-art equipment, and other features.
The birth center seeks to provide personalized attention from a skilled and caring staff who sees each baby’s birth as the start of a new family. Besides guiding parents through the actual birth, they also seek to guide families through the new relationships and responsibilities they will encounter. The center features comfortable private rooms and care for both the baby and the new mother “as a couplet.” Involvement with the rest of the family or another support person is encouraged.
The staff will work with you to develop a birth plan that is right for you, your preferences, and your circumstances. Whether you want to have a natural birth, use some pain management, or have a planned C-section, nurses and doctors will follow your plan as closely as possible while keeping you and your baby as safe as possible.
To learn more about the birth center, you can take a tour—the whole family is welcome to attend. If you aren’t able to come to the actual birth center, you can take a virtual tour online at StJoesChipFalls.com. The website also has tools to help create your birth plan and resources to help you learn about pregnancy, childbirth, and nutrition. You can also email questions to the nurses, and maps and directions to the center are provided.
The center offers classes for the whole family to prepare for the new arrival. Topics include childbirth, breastfeeding, car seat safety, and other areas of interest to expectant parents.It is a good idea to preregister by the end of your second trimester so that you can be quickly admitted when you go into labor. You can get the registration materials from your doctor or at your prenatal class.
St. Joseph’s Hospital has an electronic security system and safety protocols are followed to ensure the well-being of your baby.
For more information, call 715-717-7421
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