Fort Riley’s Irwin Army Community Hospital has some of the very best doctors, midwives, and nurses practicing the highest quality of care in support of the military community. Something that really stands out for the hospital is the Centering Healthcare Program.
After meeting with Mandy DeDonder, Centering Coordinator and RN to discuss this amazing opportunity for those who are pregnant, I learned that not only are the pregnant women of Fort Riley receiving over triple the amount of support during centering, (about 1200 minutes of total care, start to finish!) they’re also gaining friendships and valuable information about their pregnancy, self care, and infant care. It’s also really important to note that the patients receiving care are seeing the same providers who are truly getting to know them on a personal level.
Women who take part in centering take their own vitals, so they can really be in charge of their own health as well as receive one on one care with the centering provider.
Centering can help you feel more comfortable asking questions, and receiving information, because you’re in a comfortable room with a dozen more parents to-be, that are in situations just like yours. Having the chance to meet other parents, and truly feeling like you’re not alone (especially if the spouse is deployed) can really alleviate anxieties, and worry that may come about as your labor draws near.
It is also said that centering can reduce visits to the ER, and improve their success in breastfeeding.
If you’re interested in learning more about Centering at Fort Riley, please contact Irwin Army Community Hospital Today – (785) 239-DOCS
Written by: Madison Lawrence, Lead Doula of Stars and Stripes Doulas of Kansas