The Birthplace at St. Vincent’s
St. Vincent’s Medical Center’s new Birthplace, includes two private birth suites where mothers can labor and deliver under the guidance of a midwife. Although midwives deliver babies at several hospitals in the area, The Birthplace at St. Vincent’s is the only in-hospital “birthing center” in Fairfield County.
The Birthplace at St. Vincent’s offers the advantage of natural, minimal intervention- delivery by a midwife to appropriate patients with the safety net of a medical center, and following birthing center protocols.
“Our goal is to provide a safe, calm, home-like environment for the deliveries of essentially healthy women,” says St. Vincent’s Medical Director Dan Gottschall, MD. “Our mission is to respect the preferences and individual differences of mothers and families, and this opens the way for natural childbirth in Fairfield County.”
St. Vincent’s has partnered with certified nurse midwives, Sarah Najamy, CNM, Paula Cate, CNM & Susan Kissle, CNM who have obstetrical privileges at the Medical Center.
The Midwife Experience
The growing popularity of the midwife experience is due to several reasons including the continuous physical and emotional support during labor offered by the midwife, and incorporation of the needs of the family into the birth.
This does not in any way replace the traditional hospital birth, but just provides an alternative for those who seek it. Midwifery birth centers follow different protocols from traditional maternity care.
The midwife remains with the patient, evaluating maternal and fetal status, the progression of the delivery, and also provides immediate care for the newborn. The midwife works with the patient throughout pregnancy, educating and instilling confidence in the naturalness of the childbirth process.
The concept behind midwife delivery focuses on personalized, constant one-on-one care from a holistic perspective, starting with prenatal education, right though to labor that can include massage, whirlpool and other relaxation techniques, and a delivery with minimal intervention. Children are welcome as the emphasis is on family-centered care. The mother’s wishes are respected as much as possible.
Patients leave a maximum of 12 hours after birth, with the midwife certified to perform well baby assessment to be followed up with a home visit, where the midwife helps the mother adjust to the home situation and prepare for future pregnancies if desired. Certified nurse midwives can also assist the mom with nutritional information and breastfeeding techniques.
Candidates for midwife delivery must be low-risk pregnancies. Prior Caesarean sections do not rule a woman out from midwife delivery. This is known as VBAC delivery.
The Birthplace at St. Vincent’s
The Birthplace at St. Vincent’s Medical Center provides patients the opportunity to pursue this alternative birth experience under the safety umbrella of St. Vincent’s Family Birthing Center. Although the final configuration is still under construction, St. Vincent’s has currently dedicated two suites for the Birthplace program, which is part of its larger Family Birthing Center.
The suites resemble bedrooms more than patient rooms with a warm décor and rich furniture, plush bed linens and an attractive privacy screen. It includes other amenities such as a common area and kitchen where mom or relative can even cook for the family.
Please call Sarah Najamy, CNM at circle for Life Midwifery at 203-944-0242 for more information.