Water birthing option available at Good Sam

Aug 22,2012
Thanks in part to the initiative of the certified nurse midwives at Samaritan Obstetrics & Gynecology in Corvallis and the nurse managers of the Center for Women & Families water birthing is now offered at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

For a comfortable water birthing experience, the Center for Women & Families, on the hospital’s fourth floor, offers the large, warm pool for use during labor and delivery.
Certified nurse midwives Angela Chisholm, Susan Heinz, Katie Robins and Clare Thompson led efforts to bring education and training to midwives, physicians and nurses who provide care at Good Sam. The midwives also requested and received a grant from the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation’s Women Investing In Samaritan Health program to purchase the water birthing pool. The nurse managers of the Center for Women & Families worked to establish protocols and prepare the hospital for the logistics of offering this new service.

“It is an option that offers pain relief, while allowing women to be involved in the process without pain medication,” Chisholm said. “This increases satisfaction with the birthing experience. Women feel more empowered. It’s a great way to reduce the stress and pain of labor.”

Some women choose to stay in the tub throughout labor and give birth in the water, and some women choose to spend all or part of labor in the tub and give birth out of the water. In addition to pain relief, water birthing has been shown to foster relaxation, decrease anxiety, shorten labor and decrease the chances of vaginal lacerations.

Good Sam’s Center for Women & Families joins a growing number of hospitals in the state to offer this option, and is currently the only facility in the mid-valley that offers water birthing in the hospital setting.

All of the certified nurse midwives and physicians of Samaritan Obstetrics & Gynecology have trained in water birthing and are ready to help you decide whether this option is right for you.

To find out more, call Samaritan Obstetrics & Gynecology at (541) 768-5300.