This is a special time for you and our goal is to make it safe and memorable for you, your family, and your newborn. That is why we take a comprehensive patient centered approach; from your first visit, to your arrival for the big event, your delivery and throughout your postpartum journey.
Every pregnancy is a unique journey as your body adapts to its role, nurturing and supporting your baby's growth and preparing your for the moment when you first hold your little one in your arms.
The WhidbeyHealth team is here to assist you throughout your journey and help ensure you are ready for that magic moment.
Our goal is to make sure you have the best birthing experience possible.
In the interest of the health and safety of our newborns, their families, our staff and the community, we are not currently offering tours.
We'd still like to show you around, so we're working on creating a virtual tour; launching later this month, so check back.
If this is your first child, you likely have loads of questions. Our birthing classes could be a great place to start! You'll get tips and insights on topics like what to do to prepare for your delivery, pain relief options, and partner coaching.
We also offer child seat safety checks.
Choosing a healthcare provider to support your pregnancy and the delivery of your newborn is a very personal decision.
Many women prefer to work with their current OB/GYN because they have an existing relationship and are comfortable under their care.
An obstetrician specializes in the management of pregnancy, labor and delivery. Their education includes in-depth training on the female reproductive system, the detection and management of obstetrical and gynecological problems, complicated childbirth and surgical care.
Some physicians choose to practice only obstetrics; most choose both obstetrics and gynecology and offer a variety of services.
Many women choose to work with a Midwife for their pregnancy. An experience, compassionate midwife can help you plan your birth and manage your delivery.
A midwife has in-depth education and training similar to a nurse, with a focus in pregnancy, non-invasive delivery and care for newborns.
If you have a normal, low-risk pregnancy and are interested in a natural, low-intervention birth, a Midwife could be a great option.
When complications are beyond the midwife’s scope of practice, they collaborate with OB/GNY providers to ensure the best possible care for both mom and her newborn.
Our priority is making sure you feel safe, cared for and have the best experience possible.
From the moment you know you're pregnant through your planning, preparation, delivery and postpartum journey, the WhidbeyHealth team of certified OB/GYN physicians, midwives, nurses, and specialists is here to answer your questions and support your needs.
We have four private Labor & Delivery Rooms that offer you, your family and your newborn a quiet, comfortable space to bond, relax and recover.
These beautiful and spacious birthing rooms provide you with the comfort of home in a hospital setting. Each birthing room includes a luxurious, two-person, jetted Jacuzzi tub, a personal refrigerator, and a seating area that converts to a table as well as sleeping bed, so your support person is close by throughout your stay.
We have two additional inpatient rooms used for recovery by mothers who have undergone a C-sections and three medical screening exam rooms.
We are extremely honored to be a part of this special time for you and your family. Our goal is to help ensure you have the best experience possible.
There are many approaches to managing the pain of childbirth. We'll work with you to identify the best approach that meets your needs and preferences.
Once your baby arrives, they'll be in good hands. Our Birthplace team will be monitoring vital signs and Bilirubin level which shows risk for Jaundice.
They'll provide continuous stabilizing care, ensuring feedings are nurturing your baby's growth, evaluate their hearing, monitoring metabolic rates as well as vitamins and medications (Vitamin K, Erythromycin and Hepatitis B vaccine).
As a Level One nursery, we are licensed to deliver babies over 36 weeks.
Our pediatricians will meet you within 24 hours of delivery or come sooner should your baby need special care at or after delivery.
Whether you choose breastfeeding or bottle feeding our Lactation staff is available to assist you before and after discharge.
Due to the additional risks created by COVID, we are restricting visitors in the Birthplace to a single support person who comes with you and should plan to stay for the duration of your stay. Certified Doulas are allowed in the birthing room in addition to one support person.
Everyone hopes for a smooth and easy delivery where everything goes as planned. But occasionally, unexpected needs arise and our team is prepared to meet those needs.
There will be lots of activities happening all around you as you prepare for your newborn’s arrival. Here’s a handy checklist to help ensure you have everything you need with you when the big day arrives.
You can download a copy of the list here so you can keep it handy.
The WhidbeyHealth team has several Certified Lactation Counselors available to ensure your breastfeeding is off to a strong start from the time your baby is born. They can answer your questions pertaining to breast feeding, what to expect and can assist you in learning how to use your breast pump if you plan to use one.
Once you and your newborn are at home, you can schedule an appointment with a lactation specialist to address any questions or concerns you might have, check your infant’s weight to ensure they’re progressing and collaborate with your pediatrician to ensure optimal care for you and your newborn.
To learn more about our available services or make an appointment with a Lactation Specialist, please call 360.678.7656, ext. 2145
Well Baby Checks
Adding a new member to the family can feel daunting, but attending one of our Childbirth Classes is great way to help you get ready for your new arrival.
In an effort to ensure the health and wellness of our expectant mothers, their babies and our staff, our Childbirth classes were suspended due to COVID-19.
As restrictions relax, we're excited to begin offering classes while maintaining county and state guidelines to minimize risks and ensure the health and well being of everyone involved.
Join WhidbeyHealth Family Birthplace clinical educators, Erin Martin, BSN, RNC and Hilde Mott, RN, BSN for the latest in Childbirth Education.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, we are not currently able to meet in person as we have in the past; however we are offering virtual classes in 6-week sessions at this time to accommodate our community’s Childbirth Education needs. The virtual sessions cover a range of important topics:
Cost: $85 per six-week session
Upcoming Dates for Childbirth Classes:
2021 schedule for Six-week sessions
The WhidbeyHealth Emergency Medical Services team has created a monthly “Car Seat Safety Checks” program. They also help provide car seats to those who otherwise couldn’t afford one.
Our goal is to ensure every precious infant and child travels safely.
For more information and course schedules, contact: 360-914-3171