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Has Giving Birth Changed?

October 17, 2017
By Betsy Bethel - Editor ( , OVParent

I was thrilled to learn the new owners of Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital are going to reopen EORH's BirthPlace in Martins Ferry. I had my daughter in the beautiful facility that subsequently earned Baby-Friendly Hospital status through the World Health Organization. Being able to stay in one room through the entire birthing process - labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum - was a big draw for me, not to mention it is located down the hill from my house. Another plus for me was the nurse-midwife who attended the birth. She did all my pre- and post-natal appointments and was by my side through most of my delivery.

There currently are no certified midwives practicing in the Ohio Valley; it has been a very hard market for reasons unknown to me. To have a certified midwife-attended birth in a non-hospital setting such as a freestanding birth center, one has to travel to Pittsburgh or Columbus - not exactly convenient locations. A friend recently had her baby at home in Morgantown with a midwife. It was a natural, relaxed and beautiful experience for the family.

For a story I am writing, I would love to know your birth stories, whether you gave birth here or in a different city.


1. What did you appreciate about the staff or the facility?

2. How did your experiences change with your next children, in terms of technology, amenities, service?

3. What kinds of birth services would you like to see offered in the Ohio?Valley?

You can email me at Thanks!



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