1,000th GW Midwifery Baby Birthed at GW Hospital

Alina Entin, Miguel ValleWashington, DC (October 24) – The George Washington University Hospital and the GW Medical Faculty Associates are celebrating the delivery of the ultimate millennial baby today, the 1,000th GW Midwifery birth. The 1,000th delivery took place at 6 a.m. on October 24, 2013, to Alina Entin and Miguel Valle. Baby boy Sebastian weighed in at 8 pounds and 14 ounces at birth. He was born at GW Hospital with Midwife Sierra Casillas, CNM, MSN in attendance.

Many of the babies delivered by the GW Midwifery team and their families were feted by GW Hospital/MFA physicians, nurses, staff and administrators, all of whom have worked together to make the midwifery option available in metropolitan Washington, D.C. The occasion of the 1,000th birth was marked with a brief ceremony at The GW Medical Faculty Associates on Friday, October 18th.

The Midwifery Services at George Washington University Hospital is a group of seven midwives (led by Whitney Pinger, Director of Midwifery Services) who guide women through the natural and unmedicated process of childbirth.

The Midwifery Services program opened its practice at GW Hospital in June 2010, but these Certified Nurse Midwives have been practicing in the Washington area for years.

While many birthing centers stand alone, GW’s midwifery patients have immediate access to all the backup care that is available through The Women’s Center and the hospital, including OB/GYNs, anesthesiologists and surgeons. A Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is available for treatment of complications or special needs of premature infants and full-term newborns. The NICU is staffed by board certified, fellowship-trained physicians, registered nurses, lactation consultants and technicians.

Midwifery Services at GW Hospital optimize a woman’s chances of a natural vaginal delivery. More than 95 percent of patients who choose to deliver with the midwives deliver vaginally, and more than 80 percent do so without intervention, such as pain medications or other medical procedures.

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