April 30, 2014 — The Valley Hospital’s Center for Childbirth invites moms-to-be, doulas, midwives, and childbirth educators to a buffet reception to learn more about holistic birth. Join Heidi Brenner, certified nurse midwife and Coordinator for the Center for Holistic Birth, as she discusses the growth and development of the Center, and the steps being taken to offer a more thoughtful, integrative birth experience for moms and their families.
The program, “Remembering Birth, Supporting Women,” will be held on Wednesday June 4, from 5 to 7 in the hospital boardroom. Space is limited. To reserve your seat, please R.S.V.P. no later than May 28 by calling 201-447-8488. A light meal and refreshments will be served.
Not to be confused with natural childbirth, holistic birth is about fostering a relationship between the childbearing family and the healthcare team. It is about educating women and their support system about the choices and challenges that are associated with pregnancy, delivery and beyond.
At The Valley Hospital’s Center for Childbirth, pregnancy and childbirth are viewed as wonderful, natural events that can be enhanced by knowing what to expect, and by creating a calming atmosphere for mother and baby, both before and during childbirth. The philosophies of Valley’s Center for Holistic Birth – the only holistic birth program offered in a northern New Jersey hospital – 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.
Valley’s Center for Holistic Birth helps promote confidence in the mother and her ability to give birth, often without labor-inducing medications or other interventional treatments. Through holistic techniques – such as therapeutic touch, active listening, and the use of essential oils and other integrative healing therapies – Valley’s labor & delivery nurses can assist moms-to-be to deliver their babies within a positive atmosphere, free from anxiety or lengthy confinement in bed.