The Birth Center

Welcome to The Birth Center

The Birth Center at Logan Health – Whitefish offers families a serene environment to create a calming experience during your stay. Your family will be cared for by your chosen provider, and a team of knowledgeable caregivers. 
 
Our genuinely caring, attentive and experienced obstetric nurses provide one-on-one attention and support during labor and hands-on bedside care during your stay. All nurses are trained in electronic fetal monitoring, neonatal resuscitation and participate in ongoing emergency simulations to provide the safest care for you and your baby. After the birth, they will assist you with breastfeeding and infant care.
 
Amenities
The Birth Center staff collaborates with obstetricians, family practice physicians and certified nurse midwives to do everything possible in making each parent’s wishes come true, including a variety of options to make your labor, delivery and postpartum more comfortable. The Birth Center works hard every day to maintain an extremely high approval rating, 98 percent breastfeeding success rate and a C-section rate that is well below the national average.

Here you will find personalized care in a warm, homelike environment to help you relax and rejoice in your birth experience, including:
  • Large labor/delivery/recovery/postpartum rooms with queen-size memory foam beds
  • Free hospital internet and televisions Patient-centered care with one-on-one nursing attention during labor
  • Jetted tubs for relaxation and water births
  • In-room daybeds or fully reclining loungers for the comfort of overnight guests
  • Professional, complimentary infant photography session by Lot 22 Photography
  • In-room massage
  • Delicious food including Cuisine-on-Call service
  • Infant swaddle to take home as our gift to you and your baby
     
Pain Management
Available options include supported, unmediated birth and nonpharmacological pain management such as acupuncture, massage, music and aromatherapy, as well as pain management resources such as nitrous oxide gas, narcotics (Fentanyl, etc.), epidurals and intrathecals.
 
Nurses provide labor support with comfort measures, breathing techniques and birthing position suggestions. Anesthesiologists are available 24 hours a day for administering pain medications.
 
Cesarean Sections
Although many cesarean sections are not planned and our cesarean section rate is well below the national average, it is comforting to know that board-certified OB/GYN physicians and anesthesiologists are readily available at Logan Health – Whitefish if an emergency arises. Our surgical suite is just steps away from The Birth Center should a cesarean section become necessary for your or your baby’s health.

Water Birth
Many women find that the built-in or portable birth tubs reduce pain during labor and birth, and most women who experience a water birth say they wouldn’t do it any other way. A warm and soothing whirlpool is available for those who desire to labor in a tub, and an AquaDoula tub or built-in tubs are available for water births. Logan Health – Whitefish’s Birth Center is one of the few hospitals in Montana to offer water births. If you are interested in having a water birth, please discuss this option with your doctor or midwife prior to arriving for labor.
 
Baby Friendly Hospital Designation
In 2018, Logan Health – Whitefish was designated as a Baby Friendly Hospital, which is a high level designation overseen by Baby Friendly USA.
Baby Friendly designation involves a hospital-wide focus on keeping babies and families together and reducing stress during the birth experience. Logan Health – Whitefish has always supported programs such as rooming in, when newborns stay in-room with their parents; breastfeeding first, to encourage all women who are able to breastfeed if possible; and skin-to-skin contact, allowing mothers to hold their newborn babies immediately after birth.
 
In addition, The Birth Center educates patients about the benefits of breastfeeding and family togetherness during the prenatal and postnatal periods. The objective of Baby Friendly is to provide education so that parents can make informed choices about their feeding choices and hospital stay.

For more about the Baby Friendly USA hospital initiative visit their website:
https://www.babyfriendlyusa.org/  


Pre-Registration & Patient Access
To preregister for your birth, please call (406) 863-3508.

Contacts
The Birth Center Director:  Felicity Williams, BSN, RNC-OB / (406) 863-3535 / fwilliams@nvhosp.org
Childbirth Classes: birthcenterclasses@nvhosp.org