Spectrum Health Natural Birthing Suites Combines the Best of Both Worlds

Natural Birth Grand Rapids

Spectrum Health Knows that Every Mom is Different

“You can birth your own way.”

The motto for the new natural birthing suites at Spectrum’s Butterworth Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids is meant to include all family birth styles, including home birth.

Not only have they revamped two rooms to feel like you’re giving birth in your home, but they have trained nurses and staff to help you champion the natural birthing process.

“As healthcare providers we want to give patient-centered care. We want to partner with each patient so that she receives the care and birth she desires,” says Katie McNabbay, senior project specialist.

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Interested in Natural Birth?

Spectrum noticed the uptick in natural home births and knew there was a way to help: they opened the natural birthing suites in October 2016.

They want to collaborate with you as your child is born. Notice that I did not say control or sway or cajole you into another option. They will provide education, a qualified nursing staff and tons of passion to bring your child into the world in your own perfect way.

What Spectrum really likes about its program is that it’s offering the best of both worlds to patients: you can have the home birth experience, but if your low risk pregnancy turns into a high risk one, you have options literally right outside your door. What a great option for persons who live far from a hospital!

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What to Expect at the Natural Birthing Suites

The rooms, modeled after a midwifery birth center, are cozy and completely free of medical equipment. You walk in and immediately spot the large queen bed complete with soft comforter that is a far better option than your average hospital bed.

There are birthing balls, a Jacuzzi tub and ample room to walk or waddle about. The amenities also include a flat screen TV, wifi and a comfortable pull out couch for your supportive birthing-partner. You are welcome to bring aromatherapy, massage oils and music to make the room feel more like yours.

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Criteria for Natural Birthing Suites

There are some qualifications one must meet to use the natural birthing suites, which include: a low risk pregnancy, no pre-existing conditions, complete natural childbirth prep and an agreement to be transferred to a traditional labor and delivery room if the need for intervention arises.


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About Spectrum’s Natural Birthing Suites

If this sounds like the perfect option for you, talk with your provider about using the suites. You need to be added to the list at 34-36 weeks gestation and complete the required birth education.

To learn more please visit their website or call 616.391.1580.

Butterworth Hospital Labor & Delivery | 100 Michigan St. NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49503  

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