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.