First Baby Born at WhidbeyHealth in 2019

WhidbeyHealth Family Birthplace welcomed its first baby of the year on Jan. 7, 2019.

Congratulations to Oak Harbor resident, Veronica Flores Merino who delivered the first baby at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center on
Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.

Angela Flores Merino weighed 7 lbs, 5.2 ounces and was 20 inches long. She was delivered by Dr. James Bauer at WhidbeyHealth Family Birthplace. Angela is the sixth child of Veronica and joins her siblings who are 15, 14, 12, 4 and 3 years of age.

Congratulations to the Merino family!

In 2018, 252 babies were delivered at WhidbeyHealth Family Birthplace.

Are you pregnant? Join WhidbeyHealth Family Birthplace clinical educators, Erin Martin, BSN, RNC and Chelsea Wysinger, RN, BSN for the latest in Childbirth Education. 

The next six-week class meets every Thursday, Feb. 28 to April 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the OB Team Room at the WhidbeyHealth Family Birthplace at 101 N. Main Street in Coupeville.

One day sessions are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a break for lunch on Saturdays: Feb. 9;  April 6; May 18; June 13 and Sept. 21 this year.

Each session will cover a new topic including:

  • Preparation for labor and delivery including labor positions and partner coaching
  • Pain relief using non-medicated methods, as well as  nitrous oxide and epidurals
  • Hydrotherapy (jetted tub) and birthing ball uses
  • Anesthesia during labor
  • Feeding your infant including breast and bottle feeding
  • Initial baby care and car seat requirements
  • A tour of the birthplace
  • Preparation for delivery and going home with baby

Cost: $85 per six-week session

(Scholarships are available for financially-challenged women. Please contact Family Birthplace manager Jackie Bassett at 360-678-7656 ext. 2118 for more info.)

A second six-week session will be announced soon.

To register, please call Jackie Bassett at 360-678-7656 ext. 2118.