Natural Birthing Center opens at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital
LA GRANGE – Outfitted with a rocking chair, dining table, microwave, flat-screen TV, MP3 player charging station and queen-sized bed, the two suites at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital’s new Natural Birthing Center are designed to feel like home.
On Aug. 29, one of the suites was home to the first birth at the new center, which was developed in response to an increased demand for a supervised spot for natural births, according to hospital officials. The Natural Birthing Center limits medical intervention and often offers a more intimate birth experience for the mother, baby and even the father, officials said.
“The baby comes out and they’re so awake and aware. You lock eyes immediately,” said Elizabeth Rys a day after giving birth to her fourth child, Dustin, who was born at 8:29 p.m. Thursday in the new center. “No one whisks him away and does something with him right away. They kind of let us decide when to take him.”
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