JOAN WOODMAN ORTON MCCOLLUM BIRTH CENTER

Our birth center team is committed to policies and practices that support healthy moms and healthy babies. Our family-centered approach honors the intimate experience of childbirth while ensuring exceptional care for you and your child.

We’re here to support the birth you want. Our team of doula-trained nurses, midwife, and doctors are expert listeners and compassionate, supportive coaches. They’ll hear your concerns, answer your questions, and provide options that will ensure a memorable birth.

Love at First
Sight

Our team has a love…

Our nurses have a love for children and a love of life that shows. You will see it in the small personal gestures – the look in their eyes when they hold your newborn, the kindness they show to all new parents and their families, and their attention to detail.

LABOR & DELIVERY

With the comforts of home

Continuity of Care…

From your first prenatal visit through your newborn’s well-child visits, we provide a continuum of care. In most cases, the doctor or midwife who you meet with throughout your pregnancy will deliver your baby.

Our lactation counselors are here to support nursing moms in the months prior to delivery and after a family has gone home.

At every step along the way, our team prioritizes the decisions that honor the birth you want while ensuring the safety of you and your child.

Midwife Care & Services

Empowering and Supporting Women through All Stages of Life

At Richland Hospital, we are committed to supporting women in making well-informed decisions. We provide a variety of services through Midwifery Care from low-risk pregnancy, labor, birth, and parenting from teenage years through the “golden years.”

According to the Midwives Alliance of North America, midwife-led maternity care results in reduced infant and maternal mortality and morbidity, fewer medical interventions, decreased costs, increased savings, and improved client satisfaction.

Our Certified Nurse Midwife, Laci Banker, provides women’s health and family planning from puberty to menopause. When describing her compassion for midwifery, she says, “I love being a part of such an intimate time for a family and providing the options for the birth they want and need. I’m here to listen to women and make decisions together without judgment.”

Birth Center Tour

New parents tell us that what matters most are the people who care for them and their new baby. During your stay with us, we consider it our privilege to assist you and your family in welcoming your baby into the world, and we are proud to do so in the comfort of our birthing suites.

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Preparing for the Birth of Your Baby

Preparing for labor and delivery may feel overwhelming. The birth of your baby is one of the most memorable, life-changing experiences of your life. During this time of your pregnancy and birth, we want to provide you and your family with a sense of safety, support, and compassion.

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Pain Management Options During Labor

Labor is a natural — although, sometimes challenging — process. No two women have the same perception of labor pain and no two labors are exactly alike. Ultimately, if you choose to use pain management, you need to choose options that are right for you.

The advantages and disadvantages of the various options should be discussed with your doctor. They are outlined in Preparing For the Birth of Your Baby, the Richland Hospital publication you will receive from the hospital, if you choose to receive care here.

Your physician will discuss and help you learn about pain management options available to you. Should you want an epidural during delivery, this would be administered by a member of the Richland Hospital Anesthesia team.

 

PROVIDERS WHO DELIVER

Laci Banker, CNM

Laci Banker, CNM

Taryn Lawler, DO

Taryn Lawler, DO

David May, MD

David May, MD

Mysa Nguyen, MD

Mysa Nguyen, MD

Christine Richards, MD

Christine Richards, MD

Lauren Thomas, MD

Lauren Thomas, MD

Andrew Wright, MD

Andrew Wright, MD

BIRTH CENTER SUPPORT SERVICES

We’re here for you every step of the way! We provide a variety of support services including classes, screenings, personalized services and helpful information to care for your new baby.