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  • 4 new moms, on why they chose MultiCare Family Birth Centers

    by Halley Knigge

    More than 5,000 families every year choose MultiCare Family Birth Centers to bring their newest members into the world. This week, we asked a few new mothers to share their recent experiences with our birth centers:

    Felicia and Colbert – MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital

    Felicia Kern knew she wanted to be within shouting distance of the highest level of life-saving neonatal care when she gave birth to her son Colbert earlier this year.

    “I knew when I had him, just if something happened, just in case something went wrong, I wanted to be at TG,” she said.

    Kern says she experienced minor complications at the birth of her daughter five years ago, and was glad to know she was in the same building Tacoma General’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – just in case.

    “We had a super awesome experience at Tacoma General,” says Kern. “It was wonderful.”

    Wendy and Kate – MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital

    Wendy Finney initially chose Good Samaritan Hospital Family Birth Center because that’s where her doctor – Sam Song, MD – delivers, but was blown away by her experience at the hospital.

    Finney says Dr. Song and the nursing staff were amazing, as were the resources available after. She says she felt supported during, and after, her daughter’s birth.

    “The nurses seriously were incredible – all of them, every single one, was amazing,” said Finney. “It was a great experience.”

    Irene and Aria – MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital

    Irene Stephan gave birth to her daughter Aria 15 weeks ago at Tacoma General Hospital. She says it was the Family Birth Center nurses who really stand out in her mind.

    “The labor and delivery nurses were really attentive,” she says. “They were just all really wonderful.”

    Magan and Eli – MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital

    There was no question as to which local hospital Magan Culver would choose to bring her son Eli into the world – the one where Culver herself was born!

    Culver says the staff was “super attentive” and she loved that there was a lactation nurse on hand.

    “The nurses were all very attentive and making sure he was okay and I was okay,” said Culver. “I actually stayed an extra day because I was so comfortable. We enjoyed it.”

    MultiCare Mom and Baby Support Group

    Kern, Finney, Stephan and Culver are all members of the MultiCare Mom and Baby Support Group that meets every Tuesday at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital. 

    The group is free and open to any new moms, with sessions for 0-6-month-old babies and 6-12-month-old babies. The group is led by Janet Dill, a childbirth educator with MultiCare Health System.

    The group has been running for more than 10 years, says Dill, who estimates that at least 1,000 new moms have come and gone in the past decade.

    "Women create a group within a group," says Dill. "It is really a neat way for women to connect."

    Dill sometimes invites speakers, or hosts group discussions, but some weeks the group is purely support.

    "'I'm going through the same thing,' - it's really therapeutic for a mom to hear that," says Dill.

    For new and future parents:

    Learn more about giving birth at Tacoma General Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, or Auburn Medical Center.

    If you're pregnant (or thinking about becoming pregnant), find a physician.

    Learn more about the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

    Posted on Jun 21, 2013 in Women's Health, Voice of the Patient, Kids' Health