BMH Birthing Center – Where Families Are Born!
Having a baby may be the most important decision you’ll ever make. Deciding where to have your baby may be the second most important. You need a hospital that is attentive to your individual choices for your baby’s birth, a hospital where doctors, midwives and nurses support your family in developing a birthing plan to create your own special childbirth experience. You’ll find that – and a whole lot more – at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Birthing Center.
The Birthing Center offers expectant families everything they’re looking for in a childbirth experience: highly specialized, maternity care with the comfort and personal attention of home.
With comfortable, home-like rooms and highly personalized nursing care, the Birthing Center offers a nurturing experience like no other.
The Birthing Center offers:
- LDRP model (Labor, Deliver, Recover, and stay with their babies Postpartum)
- Tub births
- Highly trained and experience physicians, midwives, and registered nurses
- An experienced anesthesiology team available 24/7
- Certified lactation consultants, breastfeeding classes and support available to every new mom a full range of childbirth education and parenting programs, including Hypno-Birthing®, sibling preparation, boot camp for dads, and a new moms support group
Finding the Right Doctor or Midwife
Through its relationship with Brattleboro OB/GYN and Windham OB/GYN Associates, the Birthing Center has some of the best obstetricians in the area plus midwives and doulas. It is important that you find a doctor who shares your views of pregnancy and childbirth and with whom you can create a birth plan to best meet your needs. To find a doctor who’s right for you, visit our Find a Doctor section.
The Birthing Center also offers:
- Cesarean -Should a cesarean birth be necessary, there is a special operating room located in the Birthing Center. This will enable you to stay close to the familiar faces of providers and staff in the BMH Birthing Center, and close to your baby. BMH also offers low-risk vaginal delivery after cesarean section (VBAC) per the guidelines of the Northern New England Perinatal Quality Improvement Network (NNEPQIN), whose mission is to improve perinatal health throughout Northern New England.
- Breastfeeding -You’ll learn lots about breastfeeding in the hospital, but going home with your new baby can feel pretty scary! Sometimes it’s wonderful to have a friendly, helpful woman by your side, answering your questions and fine-tuning your technique. The BMH Birthing Center offers lactation visits with Dawn Kersula RN, IBCLC, Aimee Creelman RN, IBCLC, Gloria Baldwin, RN, IBCLC or Priscilla Tansley, RN, IBCLC. They can help will:
- latch-on problems
- fussy baby
- too little or too much milk
- feedings – too long (or too short!)
Their trained eye and years of experience help find the answers to your questions – and help you enjoy your time with your baby.
- Infant Safety – The Birthing Center has a state of the art security system to protect your baby during your stay. A small security transmitter will be placed on your baby’s ankle right after birth. You will also notice that all of the nurses wear purple scrubs and pink identification badges, another way to assure your baby is safe.
- Baby Steps Blog – Dawn Kersula, RN a perinatal specialist in the Birthing Center writes a bi-monthly blog to help moms and their families. Check out Baby Steps.
- a Star is Born – The birth of a baby is a stellar event for families and friends. Commemorate this amazing arrival with a star engraved with the baby’s name and birth date. When you make a commemorative gift of $50 or more to BMH, a birthday star will be hung on the BMH Birthing Center wall.
- New Moms Network – The New Moms Network programs happen every Wednesday, 9:30-11:00 AM in the Brew Barry Conference Center Exercise Room, at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. They are open to all new parents (not just the moms) no matter where the baby was born. No registration needed, no charge, and all area moms invited – pregnant or postpartum! For more information contact Dawn Kersula 802-257-8226. To see schedule listing, please click here.
See for Yourself – We invite you to visit the Birthing Center and see for yourself how Brattleboro Memorial Hospital offers families the opportunity to experience childbirth in a home-like environment located within the safety of a hospital. Tours are provided as part of any prepared childbirth class, or you can arrange a visit on your own by calling Erinna Cooper, Birthing Center Director, at 802-257-8226.