Birth Center

Whether or not this is your first baby, we want your experience to be a memorable one! Mason Health's Birth Center offers exemplary care for our expecting mothers.

Mason General Hospital

Phone
1-(360)-427-9558
hours
  • Contact Birth Center for Visiting Hours and Separate Entrance

Stay Close to Home

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.

Quiet Hours

Quiet hours ensure that you and your family get some much needed rest after your baby arrives. These hours are 1-3 p.m. everyday, no visitors please. Guidelines may change during periods of viral outbreaks (such as COVID-19). See alerts below.

Experienced Staff

You'll always feel taken care of with our experienced and licensed nurses. We help to make you feel as comfortable possible while you stay in our Birth Center.

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Kylo Gustafson was born on Dec. 28, 2020 at Mason General Hospital's Birth Center.

Alerts

Visitors and Parking - Updated on 7/21/2022

The Birth Center is allowing 2 designated visitors per Birth Center patient at this time and there is an alternate parking site and entrance for the Birth Center. Please call 360-427-9558 for access.

Birth Center Parking Map

Meet Our Providers

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Dr. Danielle Blood, MD: View Dr. Blood's Provider Card and Profile HERE.

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Dr. Carey Martens, DO: View Dr. Marten's Provider Card and Profile HERE.

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Dr. Andrea Martin, MD: View Dr. Martin's Provider Card and Profile HERE.

Resources

At Mason Health, we want you to have the healthiest and happiest pregnancy, labor and delivery and postpartum experience possible.

Check out our list of Important Documents at the bottom of the page, including prenatal guides, for additional resources and visit our recommended links for more information:

National Maternal Mental Health Hotline

Are you a new parent and feeling sad, worried, overwhelmed, or concerned that you aren’t good enough? You aren’t alone. You aren’t to blame. With help, you can feel better. Call or text, 1-833-9-HELP4MOMS (1-833-943-5746) to connect with counselors at the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline, launched in May 2022. LEARN MORE.


Breastfeeding

In the News

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New Years Baby: From left, new mom Kalsha Kinser and dad Taylor Smith welcomed baby Deklend Lyon at Mason General Hospital. Deklend was the first baby born in 2021 at MGH’s Birth Center, at 2:40 p.m., Jan. 1.

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Record-breaker: Maverick Willis was the 340th baby born at Mason General Hospital in 2020. The previous record was 339 births in one year.

Low C-Section Rate at Mason Health Birth Center Indicates High-Quality, Safe Care

SHELTON, WA – More and more mothers are choosing to give birth at Mason General Hospital, in the care of providers Dr. Andrea Martin, MD, and Dr. Carey Martens, DO, because they know they will receive high-quality, compassionate and individualized care. Over the past few years, rates of Cesarean section surgeries at the Birth Center at Mason General Hospital has continued to drop, as recommended by national standards. This is a positive indicator of the quality of care that patients receive at Mason Health.

In 2019, only 22.67 percent of births at Mason General Hospital were C-sections, compared to 27.45 percent in 2018. The state and national rates for C-sections were 27.9 and 31.9 percent, respectively, in 2018, the most recent year the National Center for Health Statistics collected data. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends that hospitals nationwide reduce C-section rates to 24.7 percent because surgery can raise health risks for the mother. 

“We are ahead of the curve. What this has shown us is, it’s not always better to go to a bigger hospital,” said Dr. Martens. “Sometimes the level of care at a smaller hospital is exactly what a patient wants; they just don’t know it’s available here. Many women come to us and say, ‘I do not want a C-section.’ Well, we don’t want that either unless it is absolutely necessary.”

C-section births are often medically necessary to save the life of an infant and/or mother, and should be considered by providers when needed. The procedure is major surgery, so C-sections do raise the risk of complications, including infection, reaction to anesthesia and increased bleeding and injury. Patients also face longer recovery times, higher costs and an increased chance of needing a C-section in a later pregnancy. Risks rise with each C-section.

Still, mothers should not feel guilty or ashamed if they do need a C-section, said Dr. Martin.

“Cesareans save lives, so cesareans are recommended for that purpose,” she said. “While we do our best to lower the comorbidities that go along with them, they are one of the most valuable tools we have to save lives. We talk about all options with patients and we don’t force their hands. I think because we care, we are having optimal outcomes.”

Read more HERE.

The Birth Center at MGH sets record

New parents continue to choose Mason General Hospital to welcome their newborns into the world because of the exemplary care they receive from the Hospital’s Birth Center team, which includes Dr. Andrea Martin, MD, and Dr. Carey Martens, DO, and Birth Center Team Manager Kris Gaa, RN, as well as 24 registered nurses and two certified nursing assistants.

In August 2019, the Birth Center set a new record for number of births that took place in one month – Forty newborns took their first breaths at MGH, and the staff welcomed them happily.

Birth Center prioritizes "zero" elective inductions

Full-term pregnancy is 40 weeks. Research demonstrates that overall, babies are more developed and have less health problems if delivered after 39 weeks. Mason Health participates in a national initiative to reduce the number of elective deliveries or inductions of newborn babies before 39 weeks. 

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Photo caption: Dr. Andrea Martin holds Yuliana Esteban-Bello, born on Nov. 5, 2019, pictured here at two days old in the MGH Birth Center nursery. Esteban-Bello is wrapped around a quilt donated by the Christmastown Quilters.

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Yuliana Esteban-Bello, born on Nov. 5, 2019, pictured here at two days old in the MGH Birth Center nursery. Esteban-Bello is wrapped around a quilt donated by the Christmastown Quilters.

Birth Center Manager Answers FAQs

Birth Center Manager Kris Gaa has worked for 18 years in the Birth Center, first as a nurse and now six years as manager. She explains why patients continue to choose Mason Health to deliver in the Frequently Asked Questions below:

Frequently Asked Questions