As seen in the Hudson Star-Observer March 18, 2015:
Pictured here: Hudson Hospital Birth Center staff pictured here includes: (from left) Maria Schmidt, RN; Elizabeth Barry-Jensen, Certified Nurse Midwife, CNM, Hudson Physicians; Marti Davies, RN, manager, Hudson Hospital Birth Center; Polly Carlson, RN; Shannon Uphus, RN; Dorothy Schuweiler, HUC; and baby Montino Rayshawn Carothers (Parents: Kayla VanSomeren and Gilbert Carothers).
Hudson Hospital Birth Center broke another delivery record in 2014 with a total of 691 births, up from 676 births the previous year. And their C-section rate is 9% - one of the lowest rates in the region and dramatically lower than the national average of 33%. “Our Cesarean rate is very low for many reasons – Our providers support a culture of low intervention during birth, we have excellent nurses who attend to every detail and our patients are low risk,” says Jonathan Susa, DO, OB/GYN, Hudson Physicians.
They offer special amenities, a premiere birthing experience, and a wellness in birth philosophy which attracts patients locally, regionally and across the metro area to Hudson. The Birth Center nursing staff consistently ranks in the 95 percentile on patient satisfaction surveys and many of their nurses are certified in the care of moms and babies. “What attracts our patients to experience our Birth Center is our focus on wellness in birth. We think it is important for families to be involved in making their own decisions on how they choose to give birth. We balance an exceptional experience with quality and safety for moms and babies,” says Marti Davies, manager, Hudson Hospital Birth Center. “We offer an environment which encourages women to move about freely in labor and choose their birthing position. This model of wellness in birth allows woman to listen to their body and birth as their body directs with as little medical intervention as possible.”
Patients have many provider options for their care including four OB/GYNs, two Midwives and several family physicians from Hudson Physicians. The Birth Center offers a lactation program with four Certified Lactation Consultants; and outpatient lactation visits to help moms who may have a low milk supply or feeding issues.
Hudson is one of only a few hospitals in western Wisconsin to offer a wide range of services including waterbirths, twin deliveries, and a human donor milk program. The human donor milk program offers an option for babies, who meet certain criteria, to supplement with human breast milk instead of formula. Woman are given a choice how to feed their babies. Studies show that breast milk is best for newborns. In 2015, the Birth Center is working toward becoming a Breast Milk Depot so moms in the local area can donate extra breast milk.
Patients often share their enthusiasm and satisfaction with our Birth Center. A recent patient commented, “Every nurse I had was super friendly and really helped ease my fears. I was very happy I switched my care over to Hudson Hospital Birth Center.” Patients receive a Sleep Sack for baby and education around the Safe Sleep – Back to Sleep program, encouraging baby to sleep on their back for safety and to sleep in a separate bed from parents. In 2014 the most popular baby names include, for boys: Mason, Henry and Jackson; and for girls: Evelyn, Hazel and Norah.
“The Birth Center nursing staff views each delivery as a unique and rewarding experience,” says Davies.
We also offer a comprehensive family education program with many childbirth and family class options, breastfeeding classes and a mother’s support group. “Our childbirth and family educator, Paige Lewis, provides an exceptional education program that compliments their experience with our nurses and providers in the Birth Center. As a result, patients enjoy a premier birthing experience at Hudson.”