February 23, 2011

Plain Dealer features St. John Medical Center's Holistic Birthing Center

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio recently featured a lengthy profile of St. John Medical Center's Holistic Birthing Center.

St. John opened the center in September 2009 and has since delivered 139 babies in its state-of-the-art, 320-square-foot private birthing suite, which includes a built-in 160-gallon birthing tub, soothing neutral colors, a selection of music and aromatherapy, and four certified midwives on staff.

The center bridges the gap between home births and hospital births, offering mothers who are committed to natural childbirth a staff that embraces the same philosophy in the safety of a hospital setting, should the need for a physician's services arise.

The best evidence for the success of holistic birthing is St. John Medical Center's extremely low cesarean-section rate -- reported as 10 percent in 2009 by Ohio Hospital Compare, the state's hospital-performance website -- compared to a statewide average around 27 percent. The national average is around 32 percent.

Co-owned by University Hospitals and the Sisters of Charity of Health System, St. John Medical Center is a Catholic health care provider celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2011.

Read more in The Plain Dealer’s feature story.

Joshua Gunter, The Plain Dealer
Sarah and Jeff Jarvis, of North Ridgeville, have delivered two children (Noah, 13 months, and Lyla Emily, 2 weeks) at St. John Medical Center's Holistic Birthing Center in Westlake, Ohio. The Center facilitates natural childbirth, with no painkillers or hormones and as little intervention as possible.

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