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Women invited to tour SVH birthing center

Sonoma Valley Hospital has scheduled tours of its birth center to familiarize women with the benefits of delivering here in Sonoma.

Tours of the Hospital’s Birthplace are planned for 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, and 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, and will be conducted in English and Spanish. Those interested should call 935-5301 to reserve a place.

“The recent discussion about the viability of our OB department raised the question, do most women in Sonoma realize what a wonderful resource we have in our community?” said Kelly Mather, the hospital’s CEO. “Women who have delivered here tell us it’s exactly what they want in a Hospital birth center. We provide family-friendly private rooms with excellent, unrushed and personalized care. We want women to come in and see all that we have to offer and meet our outstanding OB team.”

At SVH’s Birthplace, mothers-to-be enjoy individual rooms with complete fetal monitoring services that allow Hospital staff to keep tabs on their baby moment-by-moment throughout the labor and delivery process. Highly trained obstetrical nurses are either in the room or just steps away, and specialist physicians are minutes away, 24 hours a day.

The Birthplace also has announced its childbirth preparation classes for 2014, which provide an overview of labor and childbirth. Classes are scheduled to begin on Feb. 27, April 17, June 5, July 31, Sept. 18, and Nov. 6.

The program, which consists of four weekly classes lead by an experienced perinatal nurse, is intended for second and third trimester women and their partners. Classes are held from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and there is a fee of $100. To register, call 935-5084.


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