204 Babies and Counting

Approximately 200 babies are born each year at the WhidbeyHealth Family Birthplace. Through Nov. 30 of this year, we have welcomed 204 babies. Our brand new birthplace in the new inpatient wing is now open! Come on in for a tour.

By Trish Nilsen, BSN, RNC-OB
Manager, WhidbeyHealth Family Birthplace

As manager of the WhidbeyHealth Family Birthplace, I can assure you that nothing brings us greater joy than welcoming a new baby into the world.

In the more than 15 years since I joined the WhidbeyHealth team, I have learned what a jewel the birthplace is to our island community.

Our 20 registered nurses have approximately 300 years of combined experience in labor and delivery. More than half of our nurses carry advanced degrees and/or certification in related specialties. We are passionate and committed to personalizing our care by meeting the unique needs of every family at each birth.

Our families range from longtime residents, who plan months ahead with us, to island visitors and Navy families, who were not planning to deliver at our facility, but whose babies had other ideas. All receive exceptional care.

Our skilled and compassionate team includes:

James Bauer, MD
Robert Burnett, MD
Melissa Chinn, DO
James Giem, MD

Certified Nurse Midwife Alicia Darr, ARNP
Certified Nurse Midwife Morghan Milagrosa, WHCNP

Our excellent obstetric, pediatric and anesthesia providers are fellow community members who have dedicated their practices to helping us care for families. We have the most sophisticated equipment available and the expertise to use it if necessary. I'm proud to report that we consistently receive the highest satisfaction scores from those we serve.

Generous community members, hospital staff and former patients often donate handmade quilts, hats and booties to benefit our newest island residents, because community is important to all of us and our birthplace reflects that spirit of neighbors helping neighbors.

In short, our WhidbeyHealth Family Birthplace is a brand new, state-of-the art facility, with an expert team and the highest quality care for an exceptional birthing experience. Call us for a tour and take a look!

To learn more, please visit the WhidbeyHealth Family Birthplace page or call us at 360.678.7607 to arrange a complimentary tour.

"The atmosphere is just amazing. It's bright, it's cheerful and it makes you happy to be here.
The patients love it. And when you have a good combination like that it makes a difference." 
─ Nancy Manjikian,RN; WhidbeyHealth
Family Birthplace