Hospital-delivery alternatives draw more moms-to-be
[Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 4/8/19] FAYETTEVILLE — Sarah West Castle learned several months into her pregnancy her birthing plan was no longer an option.
The 32-year-old Van Buren woman had a baby in 2016 at the Birth Center of Northwest Arkansas in Rogers and was planning on going there again for her second child in late December or early January.
“I was devastated. I broke down crying,” Castle said about when she got the phone call the center would be closing in December.
Birthing centers are facilities where women give birth naturally, typically with a midwife. Unlike a hospital, there’s no medically induced labor, no cesarean sections and no epidurals. Also, unlike a hospital, women are generally encouraged to give birth in whatever position feels natural to them and offered alternative options, such as water births.
Northwest Health recently opened low-intervention suites at its Bentonville hospital and its Willow Creek Women’s Hospital in Johnson. The low-intervention suites are to offer a similar experience to a birthing center. They opened partly in response to the only birthing center in Northwest Arkansas closing and because a number of patients were interested in low-intervention births, officials said.
“People underestimate how wanted this is,” said Kelsey Gilley, a nurse midwife who worked for the birth center. “At the birth center, patients from Little Rock, Oklahoma, Missouri came to us because they couldn’t get anything like that.”
Gilley is a nurse midwife who will care for patients in the low-intervention suites at Northwest Health…….
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