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Mon Health nurse practitioner welcomes second child at West Virginia’s first Baby-Friendly birth facility

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When it came time to choose where to receive prenatal care and give birth to her second baby, Mon Health Nurse Practitioner, Stephanie Bartlett, says the decision was simple. 

“I delivered my first child at Mon in 2017, and the entire experience from the moment we walked into the time we were discharged home was amazing,” said Bartlett. “The Birth Center and the entire staff provide such a calming atmosphere during a time that can be very overwhelming.”

As a Mon Health nurse practitioner, Bartlett cares for women from teenagers to postmenopausal women. She says it’s the providers and staff at MonHealth OBGYN that separate services from others. 

“As a patient, you feel that they take your concerns seriously and strive to provide you with the best care possible,” says Bartlett. “The experience at the Birth Center is truly one of a kind and I can’t imagine delivering anywhere else.”

After playing a role in caring for women and watching her colleagues do the same, she says the decision to deliver at Mon Health’s Family Birth Center was simple.

“There is no other place I would rather deliver,” says Bartlett. I feel so comfortable delivering here, and I have the highest confidence in the physicians and staff in labor and delivery.”

West Virginia’s first baby-friendly facility

After experiencing women’s care from both the patient and nurse perspective, Bartlett says it’s easy to see why Mon Health was designated West Virginia’s first Baby-Friendly birth facility in May 2017.

“The Birth Center is truly one of a kind, and the labor suites are beautifully designed and provide a relaxing, comfortable environment throughout the entire stay,” said Bartlett. “The physicians and labor and delivery staff are with you every step of the way through your journey.”

Sponsored by the World Health Organization, the prestigious Baby-Friendly USA program recognizes hospitals and birth centers that offer the best care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breastfed babies are less likely to become sick or develop chronic health problems such as asthma, obesity and diabetes. Mothers who breastfeed have a lower risk for certain breast and ovarian cancers, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes as well. 

As part of its Baby-Friendly designation, the Mon Health Family Birth Center trains staff to educate women navigating their breastfeeding journeys for the first time. Additionally, care teams encourage skin-to-skin post-birth and on-demand breastfeeding, and a lactation consultant is available for mothers during their stay.

According to Bartlett, these unique touches, in addition to the emphasis on mom and baby’s health and safety, that set Mon Health apart from other birth centers.

“I 100% would recommend Mon’s OBGYN labor and delivery services to other expecting mothers—our community is very lucky to have such an amazing facility here,” said Bartlett. “Both of my pregnancies have been such a wonderful experience due to the exceptional care that has been provided to me.”

Learn more about West Virginia’s first Baby-Friendly birth facility.