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Misty Moran and How It Was Like Birthing at Home: Women's Care
Misty Moran of Gig Harbor knew what she wanted for her second child’s birth. Mom to a healthy, active toddler born in a local hospital, she liked the security offered by a hospital setting. But this time, she wanted greater privacy, more options for low-intervention pain management, and freedom to try different positions during labor.
At the hospital, her first birth was well-supported and safe, if a bit crowded, she said. “There were a lot of unfamiliar hospital personnel coming and going from my room. I wanted more privacy during birth and recovery to bond with my newborn, get breastfeeding established and spend time with my husband and family.”
It was during this birth experience that Misty heard about the new Midwifery Birth Center at St. Joseph Medical Center. Right away, she knew she’d found the ideal setting for her next delivery. The birth center offered everything she wanted: large, private birthing suites on a hospital campus, less invasive pain management, choices for birth positioning, and the opportunity to work with some of the region’s best certified nurse midwives.
Misty’s pregnancy progressed smoothly, and daughter Zariah’s birth in the fall of 2017 happened fast: she arrived healthy after a brief labor with just a few minutes of pushing. Stepping into the birth center was like entering a top-notch resort, she said. “It was like walking into a 4-star luxury hotel. The soaking tub was awesome.”
At the Midwifery Birth Center, the family had more privacy with just the right amount of support, she said. “I actually got to know the nurses who came in and out of the room, and they gave me space and time to spend with my baby and husband. I also felt like they explained a lot more to me about what was going on, which I appreciated.”
And though Zariah didn’t need medical attention, the proximity of St. Joseph Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was comforting, Misty said. “The fact that the birth center was connected to the hospital was a huge security factor for me. With the birth center, expert medical care is just a skybridge away.”
Birthing at the Midwifery Birth Center was almost like a home birth, with added peace-of-mind, Misty said. “All in all, it was just a night and day experience from my first birth.”
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