Special Delivery Creating a Memorable Birth Experience

December 01, 2015

Picking out nursery paint colors and researching strollers online may top your list while you’re pregnant, but the most important decision is where you’ll deliver. At the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital Birthing Center, our obstetricians, midwives, nurses and neonatologists are dedicated to creating a positive birth experience for families.

At your service

The Birthing Center provides comprehensive services that support women throughout their pregnancy, labor, delivery and recovery. These include:

  • Private and spacious suites
  • Hydrotherapy tubs for comfort during labor
  • Two cesarean section operating rooms
  • In-house obstetricians and anesthesiologists available 24 hours a day
  • Certified nurse midwives

For babies needing additional care, the Newborn Special Care Unit is located within the Birthing Center. There are individual rooms and bedside accommodations so parents and babies can always be near one another.

Family-focused care

The Birthing Center takes a family-centered approach when caring for mothers and their loved ones. “We listen to what families want and do what we can to help make it happen,” says Annette Penn, R.N., nurse manager.

This is true, too, when caring for high-risk mothers. “We’ve had moms deliver here who’ve had advanced stage breast cancers, bleeding disorders and other complications,” says Trish Klassa, R.N., clinical nurse specialist. “We work as a team to normalize high-risk pregnancies and focus on what aspects of the birth are important to mothers.”

A healthy start

Designated as a Baby-Friendly Hospital by the World Health Organization, the center offers additional support for breast-feeding moms. “The designation means that we’ve gone the extra mile to support breast-feeding,” says Susan Dendrinos, R.N., director of clinical operations. Certified lactation consultants are available for both in-hospital and outpatient visits.

“Our patients are at the center of all that we do,” Dendrinos says. “We support each family’s wishes for how they want to bring their baby into the world.”