Aside from, possibly, a home birth, imagine the perfect environment to welcome your new bundle of joy into the world. The staff would fully support your wishes for a natural birth. There would be several options to ease contractions naturally. Serene walks would be encouraged, and done so in a peaceful, natural environment. The environment would combine all the comforts of home with the security and safety of a high-tech hospital.
This dream is, in fact, a reality with the Karmanos Center for Natural Birth at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Through their generous donation to develop the center in celebration of their four sons, Danialle and Peter Karmanos, Jr. have provided a rare opportunity for moms to experience the most natural birth experience imaginable within the setting of a hospital. Hear their incredible birth story, what motivated them to create and support such a wonderful initiative, and more about what makes the center so unique here.
”There’s nothing more important than having a healthy child,” says Danialle Karmanos, whose four sons were born naturally, including two who were born at Beaumont, Royal Oak. “Our vision in partnering with Beaumont was to create a first-class facility with the best doctors and nurses, and the tools, resources and environment to support a natural birth experience, for families that choose that path.”
Natural childbirth is a mind-body approach to labor and childbirth with no anesthesia or routine medical interventions. It means giving birth spontaneously, without induction, and at a woman’s own pace. More women are choosing this option not only because of the increased feeling of empowerment and sense of accomplishment, but due to its lower rates of medical intervention and cesarean deliveries and the faster recovery rates that some women see. Many also feel that a natural start is the best mental and physical option for their babies, and the experience is far more inclusive for the fathers, who are active participants in the birth.
Speaking of families, the Karmanos Center for Natural Birth offers generous amenities for mother, father and other family, such as iPod docking stations (for families to choose the soothing music that they prefer), sleeper sofas, a private waiting room, personal refrigerator, concierge service, complimentary Wi-Fi and luxurious yet holistic surroundings.
All of these services are available to any woman deemed a good medical candidate for a natural birth, with the consultation of their physician or midwife. Beaumont’s specially trained nurse liaisons will work with you to create a customized natural birth plan that includes a natural birth workshop, online education portal and mobile application, and one-on-one support from nurses and physicians. The Karmanos Center for Natural Birth patient care team includes obstetricians, midwives, lactation consultants and nurses. Nurses who work in the center are trained in holistic nursing practice to manage comfort during natural labor using position-changing tools, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, therapeutic touch, reflexology, guided imagery and music therapy.
A plethora of natural birthing options paired with the high-tech emergency fallback of a traditional hospital makes this an ideal environment for holistically-minded parents. The additional amenities that truly give this setting a sense of visiting a soothing, comfortably plush hotel make us wish we had an option like the Karmanos Center for Natural Birth in our own backyards.
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