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May 31, 2002 – Roy L. Schneider Hospital is taking a modern approach to childbirth by doing it the old-fashioned way. Mothers-to-be will now have the option of having their blessed event in the hospital's new birthing room.
The hospital's new chief executive, Rodney E. Miller, announced the opening of the birthing room on Friday. Healthy women with no anticipated complications will be eligible for delivery in a single room without having to be moved from preparation to labor room to delivery room during the birthing process.
The room resembles a regular hospital room, painted in pastel colors with two easy chairs for friends or family who want to be on hand. "The goal is for the entire labor and delivery process to be carried out within the family room, and the opportunity exists to make it a family experience," Miller said in a statement.
But the room also includes medical monitoring equipment to provide the technical support medical personnel want in case the unpredicable occurs. And the mother can be taken to the traditional delivery room if special medical procedures are needed for her or her baby.
Some V.I. doctors and midwives have long promoted the idea of letting healthy mothers do what comes naturally in a hospital setting affording more of the comforts of home, including the comfort of loved ones standing by.
"I am very excited about the opening of our new birthing room in Labor and Delivery," Dr. Ronald Nimmo, staff physician, said. "This new addition gives us the capability of offering a family-centered alternative environment in which to deliver our patients."
The hospital's medical staff has developed a set of policies and procedures for use of the birthing room by doctors and midwives.
Birthing rooms are a popular option at most hospitals across the United States. But, as an article appearing in the online Preganacy Magazine suggests, women wishing to enjoy the amenities of giving birth in a home-like setting should make arrangements in advance.

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