NMC’s Family Birth Center Welcomes 10,000th Baby
On Friday, October 26, Northwestern Medical Center celebrated the birth of the 10,000th baby on its Family Birth Center, which was opened in 1990. Destiny Wiegand was born to Alyson Hansen and Patrick Wiegand of St. Albans, weighing 5 pounds 12 ounces and measuring 19 ½ inches long. The family received a gift bag of special NMC items to recognize this special milestone birth.
“I was my mom’s first born, and one of the early babies delivered here on the Birth Center,” said Hansen. “Knowing that, and that my daughter was the 10,000th, is pretty cool.”
According to Stephanie O’Brien, RN, Family Birth Center Nurse Manager, “For us here on the Family Birth Center, we easily get so caught up in the day to day work of caring for women and babies, that we often forget just how many life beginnings we have been involved with. This significant milestone was an opportunity for us to pause and just recognize our role in these lives. We have several nurses that have been with us through them all—they have literally touched the lives of 10,000 or more babies—and that is something to celebrate as well.”
As the Family Birth Center celebrates this milestone, they are working to further develop their services and expand the role they can play in caring for women and babies at NMC. The Centering Pregnancy program, a group-based prenatal program announced earlier this year, is one component of that continued development.
“We are hoping as we expand and develop our Maternal Child Health service line here at NMC, that we will be able to welcome and support even more families on the Birth Center,” said O’Brien.
For more information, visit www.northwesternmedicalcenter.orgor call the Family Birth Center at 524-1040 to schedule a tour.