The Center for Childbirth encourages moms-to-be to create a
birth path that’s right for them. When a woman attends our Holistic Childbirth
Consultation sessions – available through The Valley Hospital’s Center for
Family Education – she empowers herself with knowledge about available
options during her birth experience, whether it be a medically supported
childbirth or a natural childbirth.
We believe that pregnancy and childbirth are wonderful,
natural events that are enhanced by knowing what to expect and by creating a
calming atmosphere for mother and baby, both before and during childbirth. Our
approach to helping moms-to-be always considers the mind, body and
spirit. The philosophies of our Center
emphasize personalized care for each mother’s unique labor and delivery.
These are not new theories or ideas, but ones that have been practiced
successfully and humanely for hundreds of years by midwives, nurses, doulas,
and other birth attendants all over the world. We emphasize that
helping a mother and her family bring their child into the world is a
blessing and a privilege and should be viewed as such by every nurse who
enters a labor and delivery room. We
espouse Ms. Watson’s holistic nursing practice and the positive effects
holistic nursing in our labor, delivery, and recovery rooms can bring to the
mother, baby, and nurses as well.
Our main goal is to ensure that the journey of pregnancy
and childbirth is as rewarding as possible for mother, baby and family.
a Birth Path
This unique consultation program includes one 3-hour group session and one 1-hour private consultation, which
takes place on a separate date from the group consultation. The 3-hour group
session, offered by midwives and maternity nurses, covers issues such as self-care,
what to expect during labor, how to cope during labor and comfort measures to
contribute to relaxation, and the role of the epidural. In the private consultation session, moms-to-be
will create a birth path, a personalized summary of her ideal birth
experience that will help to guide her obstetrician, midwife and nurses
throughout the childbirth process upon her admission. Although every labor
and delivery is different and unforeseen events can happen, many basic
options can be decided in advance. The goals of the private consultation are
for her to form a strong partnership with her physician/midwife and to gain
all the support needed to enter into this important life-changing event with
Both the group
session and the private session are included in the consultation fee.
3-hour group consultation of 3-4 couples, followed by a private
consultation. (We like to see new mothers-to-be when they are 28
weeks pregnant. Please call 201-447-8488 any time
after 20 weeks to set up your first appointment or click the link below
to register online.)
- Preparation that
assists the mother in exploring the many options available during labor
and delivery (e.g., childbirth partner, who is in the room during labor,
a doula, medication, the lighting and other holistic techniques that can
be integrated into the childbirth experience).
on upcoming Family Education classes for expectant parents from
preconception through birth.
on integrative healing services that nurture the mind/body/spirit
connection and enhance positive childbirth, such as our hydrotherapy
tub to induce relaxation, therapeutic massage, essential oils,
soothing music, acupressure, other complementary holistic therapies for
options available to you during your hospital stay, including visitor
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please