at Mason General Hospital
Whether this is your first baby or your tenth, we want your experience to be a memorable one!
Stay Close to Home
More and more moms-to-be are choosing to stay close to home and deliver at Mason General Hospital.
Join the hundreds of other women in this area... and have your baby in the private, warm, cozy, and convenient environment of MGH's Birth Center.
“Getting to Know Us” Tours Offered at Hospital's Birth Center
Having a baby is a joyous event, and in preparing to make it so, The Birth Center at Mason General Hospital offers a tour in “Getting to Know Us” – an opportunity for new moms and dads to come and meet The Birth Center staff, tour the facility, and talk about labor, delivery and pain management options ‒ including epidurals. “At the mother’s convenience, staff will meet with her to answer any of her questions, discuss breastfeeding, labor, delivery, and what to expect,” said Mary Harmening, R.N.C., clinical coordinator of The Birth Center at MGH. “This is a great time for moms to get comfortable with us so that when the big day comes, they can feel right at home.”
The Birth Center works with Mountain View Women’s Health (MVWH) for the prenatal care and delivery needs of moms-to-be. There are two board-certified gynecologist/obstetricians on staff at MVWH – Alford N. Vassall, Jr., M.D. and Mercedes Goebel, M.D. To schedule a tour of The Birth Center, call the Hospital at (360) 426-1611 and ask for The Birth Center.
One-on-one care, from the latest pain control medications (i.e. epidural) to natural birth; you are in control with your personal birthing plan. Every effort is made to follow the mother's pre-selected plan. However, due to unforeseen changes of events, there may be a need to change the birth plan for the safety of the baby or mother.
MGH&FC's 2014 New Year's Baby
One hour and eight minutes past midnight, on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2014 – Mavis Ixchel-Kaelene Barron was born in the Birth Center at MGH. She immediately claimed the title of MGH&FC’s 2014 New Year’s Baby. She is shown here withher mother, Desiree Carleton (center, holding Mavis) and father, Nicolas Barron. She weighed 6 lbs. 11 oz. and was 20 inches long. “She was four days late,” said her mother. Her lateness, however, helped her receive the 2014 New Year’s Baby designation, and a gift basket of toys, diapers, and sparkling apple cider, donated by The Birth Center staff. Joining in the celebration are staff members, Hazel Ligman, R.N. (far left), and Jeannette Webb, C.N.A. (far right).
The Birth Center at Mason General Hospital and MGHF Auxiliary Gift Shop is offering breast pumps and accessories for purchase or rental. Breast pumps offer lactating mothers options for flexibility when dealing with busy schedules. They are also an ideal gift for the return-to-work mother who needs fast, efficient, high-quality double pumping.
MGH Birth Center Achieves "Zero Elective Deliveries" Prior to 39 Weeks
Washington State recently began a state-wide initiative to reduce the number of elective deliveries of newborn babies before 39 weeks. Full term pregnancy is 40 weeks. Research demonstrates that overall, babies are more developed and have less health problems if delivered after 39 weeks. The staff in The Birth Center at MGH took this challenge, which resulted in the number of elective deliveries before 39 weeks dropping to zero. MGH was the only Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Western Washington that met this “zero elective deliveries” initiative. Its success would not have been possible without the leadership and teamwork of The Birth Center management, staff, and physicians.