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Women's Health Center

Women's Health Center

Wiles Baby December 2013We provide a "family centered" approach to the birthing process that begins before the birth of the baby and continues after discharge from the hospital. Expectant parent classes for parents and family prepare for the birth and care of the baby. Mothers have a choice of pain control options during their delivery and spacious birthing rooms where fathers and other family members can be present are available.

“Professional Care with a Personal Touch” is what you can expect from us.

Additional Services

Lactation Services

Here at Daviess Community Hospital, we are proud to offer breastfeeding services provided by a Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a Certified Lactation Counselor. They see everyone inpatient as needed and outpatient for any breastfeeding difficulties. They are also available by phone for any questions or concerns and provide a monthly breastfeeding support group free of charge. A breastfeeding class is also taught as part of the childbirth series.

Lactation Voicemail Line: 812-254-2760 ext. 1344

Child Passenger Safety Program

We are proud to provide car seat education to all families as a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) is available. We will inspect the car seat in the vehicle and assess the child in the car seat to ensure proper fit and installation. A car seat class is also offered as part of the childbirth series. Our goal is to make sure every child is traveling as safely as possible and that caregivers have up-to-date, accurate information. Daviess Community Hospital is currently partnered with the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and the Indiana Automotive Safety Program to be the only Permanent Fitting Station in the area! Please see the Services tab for more information on the Permanent Fitting Station. You may contact the Child Passenger Safety Program at 812-254-2760 ext. 1359.

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Shawna O'Kelley-Brinson, RN, Director of Obstetrics, Nursery and Childbirth Education
812.254.8880 Ext. 1345

Melissa Schroeder, RNC, IBCLC
Lactation Consultant

Melissa Smith, RN, IBCLC, CPST-I
Lactation Consultant

Child Passenger Safety Instructor

812-254-2760 ext. 1359

Daviess Community Hospital
1314 E Walnut St - PO Box 760
Washington, IN 47501

Patient Testimonials:

"I could buzz the nurses anytime, and I didn't feel that I was bothering them. Then, they would stay and make sure I was comfortable. They didn't just rush on to something else." Ramona Hammelman, Edwardsport, Indiana

"The delivery was smooth. The Provider put my wife at ease. My wife worked hard, but she was never anxious or scared. As her husband, I appreciated the piece of mind." Nate Smith, staff writer, Washington Times-Herald

"Most flower deliveries in the OB area are for new moms. But my husband thought of sending a rose to every nurse on the floor to thank them for the exceptional care our whole family received. When Alexis (now 6) was born, the nurses kept me calm during the delivery, and comfortable during my recovery. Days later, they even called me at home to see how we were doing. Alan’s idea of sending roses was such a great one that we did it again last year when Alaina was born at Daviess Community Hospital. We had dozens of reasons to be glad we chose DCH.” Regina Cornelius, Elnora, Indiana

"Once we completed the classes and toured the OB floor, my husband Rick said he was actually more nervous about being best man in his best friend’s wedding than he was about the birth. During delivery, the Provider and the nurse created a calm setting. After, the nurses made sure my needs and the baby’s were met, so Rick and I could focus on bonding with our baby girl – and even resting. I would describe our experience at DCH as enjoyable (I would have said “fun” but Rick said no one would believe me). DCH’s family-centered care helps expectant parents prepare for birth, and continues even after leaving the hospital. They made us feel so relaxed and at ease that our birth experience was actually enjoyable.” Angie Kribs, Vincennes, Indiana

"Our older daughter’s big hospital/big city birth in Phoenix left us feeling a little lost. And it lacked personal attention. When we returned to Washington and were preparing for a second child, we wondered what DCH could offer. The answer was individualized care and unending compassion. I was an overnight patient several times during those nine months, then ended up laboring through all three shifts. Yet I always felt the staff was on my side. My Provider listened, understood, and acted; the head nurse told me about her own challenging pregnancy. I’m a nurse myself, so I was especially impressed – and grateful. DCH’s family-centered care helps families get through every aspect of the birth experience, and we always take very good care of our neighbors." Anna Olsen-Kroeger Native of Washington, Indiana

"The staff and doctors on the OB floor are wonderful! My baby and I received the best care. Care after delivery was excellent! They cared for my baby girl like she was one of their own. Thank you all so much for everything you did for me, my husband, and my baby." OB Patient.

Birthing Center - New Family“All of our nurses have been wonderful, but Chloe was great! She has been our hero!”