North Hawaii Community Hospital is celebrating 20 years of service to the community by inviting everyone born at the hospital since its opening in 1996 to a birthday celebration on Friday, August 26 at 3 pm.
The hospital will also be celebrating Baby Friendly Day. North Hawaii Community Hospital was designated a Baby Friendly hospital by the World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund for offering an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies, and is one of only three in the state with this special designation.
North Hawaii Community Hospital Women’s Health CenteringPregnancy® program recently received their certificate of approval from the Centering Healthcare Institute. After a thorough site visit and program review, Centering officials determined that North Hawaii Community Hospital’s program has demonstrated fidelity to the Centering model and is on track for sustainability.
Centering officials, who visited from Massachusetts, noted that Women’s Health is implementing the Centering model while integrating important cultural practices and traditions, making it unique and very special to the participants. “The staff and participants have created a sacred space that forges strong bonds and a sense of pride. This is a model site and should be encouraged to share their experiences,” said Centering officials.
Officials also noted the program’s excellent outcomes and patient satisfaction, good average group size, strong administrative support, and an effective and engaged steering committee.
CenteringPregnancy offers a group approach to prenatal care, combining three essential elements of care- health assessment, education, and support. Approximately 10 to 12 expectant moms meet for 10 two-hour sessions starting in the first trimester of pregnancy. Moms-to-be share stories and learn from one another and talk about health issues. Each two-hour session is led by a Women’s Health certified nurse midwife and childbirth facilitator. In the past year, CenteringPregnancy participants reported 100% satisfaction and exceeded goals for low birth weight and premature births.
For questions about the CenteringPregnancy program, contact Women’s Health at North Hawaii Community Hospital at 885-9606.