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Mary V. O’Shea
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Women experiencing low-risk pregnancies and under the care of the Saint Peter’s midwives, can experience labor and birth in the comfortable, homelike bedroom suites in the Mary V. O’Shea Birth Center. Each room features a queen-size bed, a sleeper chair, bathroom with shower and a spa-size Jacuzzi tub where moms can relax during labor. Other center amenities include open space for walking, a dining table and lounge area for birth support partners.

The Mary V. O’Shea Birth Center experience is based on the midwifery model of care that embraces pregnancy and birth as a normal physiologic process, highlighting shared decision-making, minimal interventions, and the empowerment of women as partners in their care

The center, staffed by certified nurse-midwives, supports a natural birth.  Pain medication is not given in the birth center. The center is equipped to offer a variety of pain management options including:
•    Hydrotherapy
•    Aromatherapy
•    Nerve stimulation
•    Sterile water papules
•    Variety of massage techniques. 


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We encourage moms to share their experience with as many labor support person(s) as they would like. 

To give birth in the Mary V. O’Shea Birth Center, mothers must complete a two-session class by week 36 of their pregnancy:

Introduction to the Birth Center – Review of the philosophy of the midwifery model of care, birth center criteria; support system; comfort measures; use of birth tools and explanation of the mother’s birth plan

Early Discharge from the Birth Center  – Tour of the birth center; review immediate post-partum period for mom and baby; the importance of choosing a pediatrician, early discharge and follow-up care. 

The two-session class is offered in one day, once a month, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM and from 11:00 AM – to 1:00 PM. Partner attendance is strongly encouraged.  Fee: $40 per couple. 

To register online for our birth center classes, click here.

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