September 28, 2005

Women's Family Birthplace Celebrates 5th Birthday

The Women's Family Birthplace at Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre is celebrating five years of bringing babies into the world in an esteemed and welcoming birthing centre environment.

For the past five years, the Women's Family Birthplace has provided a warm and comfortable home-like setting for mothers-to-be as they welcome their newborns into the world. Since opening in September 2000, more than 8,000 babies have been born in HSC's Women's Family Birthplace.

"With our beautiful unit tucked within the older exterior of the Women's Hospital on Notre Dame Avenue, sometimes we're one of maternity's best kept secrets, said Lori Wahoski, Manager of Patient Care for Women's Family Birthplace at HSC. "Low-risk moms-to-be are assigned to one of our attractive and comfortable birthing suites where she is cared for throughout her birthing and post-partum experience. Our goal is to have every mother leave, babe in arms, totally satisfied with the care and support received from our unit."

Modeled after the LDRP concept (Labour, Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum), the Women's Family Birthplace offers a same room, suite-like environment where families can share in all phases of their low-risk birthing experience. The unit houses eighteen specially equipped birthing rooms whose design have assisted staff in the provision of expert one-on-one care to their maternity patients.

"As one of two birthing centres in Winnipeg available to low-risk expectant mothers, we're delighted to be celebrating HSC's Women's Family Birthplace role in welcoming thousands of 'new additions' to Manitoba's families," said Jan Currie, Vice-President and Chief Nursing Officer, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. "This unit has allowed us to provide expectant mothers with exceptional care in an environment that supports a safe and positive family birth experience."

The unit focuses on family-centre maternal and newborn care and allows multiple care providers from professions including obstetrics, registered nurses, midwives, family physicians and allied health professionals to facilitate the birthing experience.

"HSC is very proud of the reputation this unit has earned since it opened five year ago, said Health Sciences Centre VP and Chief Nursing Officer, Helga Bryant. "Much credit is given to the committed and caring staff of the Women's Family Birthplace for this honour."

For more information contact:
Michele Augert
Health Sciences Centre
Tele: (204) 787-7934
Pager: (204) 795-0532

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