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Legacy in the News: Legacy Good Samaritan Now Offering Waterbirth for Moms-to-be

The Oregonian, Portland Business Journal

February 18, 2014

Building on its tradition of family-centered maternity care, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center announced today it is now offering waterbirth to expectant moms. Waterbirth at Legacy Good Samaritan allows women who prefer an alternative birthing option to deliver their baby in a calm and serene environment, but with the safety of being down the hall from skilled Certified Nurse-Midwives, nurses and physicians in the event of a medical emergency. Legacy Good Samaritan has opened two waterbirth suites.

“Waterbirths at Legacy Good Samaritan offer moms-to-be the best of both worlds,” said Duncan Neilson M.D., chief of Legacy Women’s Health Services. “Families are able to enjoy a serene, home-like experience with the added peace of mind that skilled physicians and board-certified Nurse Midwives are just a few steps away. We are thrilled to bring this new offering to Northwest Portland, an area that embraces alternative birthing options.”

Waterbirths are recommended for women with low-risk, single pregnancies and who are physically able to get in and out of the birthing tub on their own. Known benefits of water birth include:

  • Gives mothers a better sense of control as they have better mobility and are able to assume any position that is the most comfortable for them.
  • Creates a more comfortable birthing experience for mom and a gentler welcome for baby as waterbirths are known to speed up labor, promote relaxation, conserve energy and provides significant pain relief.
  • Reduces blood pressure, cesarean rates, the need for drugs and interventions and perineal trauma and eliminates episiotomies.

About Legacy Good Samaritan’s Family Birth Center

Legacy Good Samaritan’s Family Birth Center opened as the Wilcox Women’s Hospital in 1875—Oregon’s first free standing women’s hospital. It moved into the Good Samaritan Medical Center in 1979 and to its current location in 1991 where it was the first to offer women the ability to labor, deliver and recover in the same hospital suite their entire stay.

Still today, Legacy Good Samaritan’s Family Birth Center features beautifully furnished private maternity suites, leading-edge technology, board-certified providers and a continuum of educational resources offered both prenatally and postnatally to families.

Legacy Good Samaritan’s Family Birth Center, also known as the Wilcox Women’s Pavilion, has delivered over 150,000 babies since its doors opened in 1875.

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