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Open house to showcase Skiff alternative birth suite


January 22, 2015

Skiff Medical Center will host an open house on Saturday, Feb. 7 to allow members of the community to visit the new alternative birth suite in the OB department on the second floor of the hospital.

From 9 a.m. to noon, the public is invited to tour the suite, which features a non-traditional queen-sized bed. This private, comfortable setting allows women to have a home-like environment for their birth, while having the reassurance of being in a hospital, with immediate proximity to the full scope of medical interventions. In addition, the room features a large, brand-new, free-standing water tub that allows women the choice of laboring in warm water prior to delivery.

The new suite comes on the heels of the September arrival of Newton Clinic midwife Lacy Lundgren, CNM, ARNP, who already has about 40 deliveries scheduled for the spring and summer.

“I am so excited about this new option at Skiff,” Lundgren said. “As more women are aiming for natural births, it’s important that we give them a setting in which they can feel comfortable, while still ensuring the safety of themselves and their babies. This room lets them relax and feel at home, while also giving them the benefit of instant access to professional nursing care and, if needed, experienced physicians and surgical staff.”

Many of Lundgren’s patients, some of whom are traveling from outside of the hospital’s typical market area, are new to Newton Clinic. Added to the patient population of the clinic’s other five obstetrical providers, Drs. Stephanie Bantell, Andrew Cope, Pat Edwards, Leighton Frost and Steve Hill, this impending influx of babies will likely make 2015 one of the largest years for births that the hospital has had in years. With the addition of the alternative birth suite, large non-hospital bed and water labor tub, expectations are that those projected numbers will grow even larger.

“In early 1921, the first baby was born at Skiff,” said CEO Brett Altman. “Since that time, thousands of families have welcomed infants right here in our hospital. We have employees who not only have delivered their sons and daughters here, but were themselves born at Skiff. I can’t say enough about the tradition and legacy of obstetrics at our medical center, and this new step in alternative birth options will only expand that. Whether you’re having your first baby or your fifth, whether you want a doctor or a midwife, whether you want an epidural or a water labor, we are here to ensure a safe birth tailored to fit your needs.”

Lundgren will be present at the open house to answer questions and share highlights of the new suite. Refreshments will be provided and there will also be drawings for door prizes. Activities and snacks will be available for children.

To learn more, call (641) 787-3179 or e-mail pr@skiffmed.com.

Skiff Medical Center
204 N. 4th Ave E.
Newton, Iowa 50208
Phone: (641) 792-1273
Toll-free: (888) 792-1273

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Skiff Medical Center, a member of Mercy Health Network, is located in Newton, Iowa. We provide services to Jasper County residents in all major health areas, including general surgery, orthopedic surgery, radiology, obstetrics, emergency medicine, hospice, home care, laboratory, respiratory, audiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. The Skiff Specialty Clinic hosts more than 20 physicians specializing in cardiology, dermatology, ENT, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, oncology, pulmonology and urology.
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