St. Thomas Midtown is opening a birthing center. Here's what we know so far.
At first I was really skeptical about a birthing center being attached to a hospital. We saw this last year with a different hospital and it was basically a bait and switch marketing tactic. They announced "birthing center" but they really meant "remodeled hospital rooms."
I'm excited about the things I see listed for the St. Thomas Midtown birth center, especially the full sized-beds and labor tubs along with all of the other natural friendly options like ladders, diffusers, and wedges!
Over the last 5 years, STM has really made some major changes to their program. They are once again becoming THE hospital to deliver at but not in the "baby factory" way they were known for in the past. They are currently the ONLY hospital in Middle TN to complete the 10 steps required to achieve Baby Friendly status.
I'm looking forward to seeing our city continue to make headway in our birth culture and hopefully continue to improve birth outcomes.
Staci Bishop, CD, HCHD is a certified birth & postpartum doula serving families in and around Nashville, TN. She has been working in this field for 6 years and enjoys helping mamas navigate all of the options to find the best fit for her goals. Contact Staci today at nurturingYOUnaturally@gmail.com.
Nashville is equipped with a wide variety of birth professionals including those trained to assist families with the loss of a child. I'm so thankful for these professionals and the resources they can provide to families who have experienced the loss of their baby either in utero or at term. Here's a current list of what's available to our Middle TN families.
If you or someone you know experiences a loss, please contact the number above to reach a Baby Loss Family Advisor. They will help you find the resources you need. They can even meet with a family at home or in the hospital to discuss options and help you in this journey. They also have a Cuddle Cot available that can be used to provide additional time with the baby before saying goodbye. This is a free service that is provided on a volunteer basis.
Sharing Middle TN meets once per month at Centennial Women's Center. Please view their support schedule or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. The group is open to anyone and is free to attend.
Kate Cropp provides lactation support free of charge to loss mamas. You can contact her at Kate@nashvillebirthandbabies.com.
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep offers the gift of remembrance through photography. We have several photographers available in Middle TN. Please call the dispatch line at 931-452-9859 to be matched with a volunteer photographer.
These women provide birth support as well as loss services. If you are still pregnant and have experienced a loss, please contact 1-844-4-LOSS and they can help connect you to a birth doula with this area of expertise.
If you know of other professionals who offer loss services, please contact me and let me know so that I can add them to this list.
Last week I showed you my favorite Instagram accounts. This week, I'd like to share my favorite pregnancy & birth blogs.
What are some of YOUR favorite blogs? Leave a comment below or on Facebook!
These are my favorite accounts on Instagram as they relate to pregnancy, birth and postpartum!
Sometimes we just need a pick-me-up or a little inspiration. It's all sunshine and roses over on Instagram. It's nice to see an inspirational quote or photo that spills out encouragement. There may even be an image that sparks a new idea.
Check these out and click to follow!
As a doula, I'm often asked for recommendations at various stages of pregnancy.
Now, you can find all of my top recommended resources in one place. I'll be adding more products and items to the list so bookmark this page and check back often.
Staci Bishop, CD, HCHD