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Spectrum Health offers natural birthing suites

Posted at 11:15 AM, Oct 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-28 11:14:47-04

Many women are interested in having a more natural birth experience and Spectrum Health has supported expectant mothers with this desire who deliver in their hospitals. The labor and delivery team is proud to offer a new option for a natural childbirth experience with two natural birthing suites at Butterworth Hospital

Carolyn Leja, a certified nurse midwife with the Spectrum Health obstetrics team stopped by Morning Mix to discuss it further.

Leja clarified that having a natural birth is more than choosing not to have an epidural. They take a physiologic approach, using holistic techniques for labor and delivery. Those suitable for natural birth have no pre-existing or pregnancy conditions, completed natural childbirth preparation with provider orientation. Also, they must agree to be transferred to a traditional labor and delivery room if needed.

The natural birthing suites offer a very home-like atmosphere with a queen-size bed, limited medical equipment, a recliner for comfort and lamps for softer lighting. Also, expectant moms can manage comfort with personal music, massage tools or aromatherapy.

To learn more, you can call 616.391.1590 or go to