SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – The McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center has opened a new midwifery service in Springfield, hiring five of the certified midwives let go after PeaceHealth closed its nurse midwifery birth center last year.
Hospital officials said McKenzie Midwives & Lactation Services is already seeing patients and delivering babies.
They said the additional services provide birthing options to individuals and families seeking pregnancy care.
Midwives will offer their services at the hospital’s birth center, which features private labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care rooms, 24/7 in-house laborist care, 24/7 on-call pediatric hospitalist care, and renovated family-centered birthing suites.
Dana Cummings, the lead midwife, said she is happy McKenzie-Willamette is filing a hole in health care coverage that was created when PeaceHealth's birth center closed.
"A lot of people who come to see a midwife want that midwifery care," Cummings said. "They want the individualized approach. The approach to pregnancy that it’s normal as opposed to a problem."
The new midwifery center cost the hospital about $200,000 and they are already looking into expanding the facility to house more patients.