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SEATTLE — (Aug. 13, 2020) — Virginia Mason Birth Center, an Alliance with CHI Franciscan, welcomed its first birth on Tuesday, the day after the center officially opened. The baby was born at 5:45 p.m.

The center – designed to accommodate as many as 1,200 births a year – includes a Level 2 special care nursery for newborns who need special medical attention. Staffed by certified OB/GYN providers and certified nurse midwives, the new birth center also includes:

  • Private birthing suites
  • Three private labor and delivery rooms, six postpartum beds and two obstetric triage bays
  • Personalized birth plans that include many options and respect the preferences of expecting mothers, including water births, midwifery and doula care, and pain management, including nitrous oxide
  • On-site lactation consultants and online childbirth preparation classes

To keep patients and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, every person is screened before entering the birth center, there are limitations on visits, face masks are required, and physical distancing is practiced.

Click here to view video of the new, 20,000 square foot facility.

About Virginia Mason Health System
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. In the Puget Sound region, the system includes 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 500 physicians; outpatient medical facilities and services in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Edmonds, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; Virginia Mason Foundation; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management method for improving quality and safety.

Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950. Virginia Mason Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation.

Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Media Relations Manager
Virginia Mason Health System
(206) 341-1509

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