Professional Care With a Personal Touch
Adding a new member to your family is an exciting, if sometimes stressful,
experience, and one we are excited and honored to help you with. We provide
a "family centered" approach to the birthing process that begins
before the birth of the baby and continues after discharge from the hospital.
Whether you are an experienced parent or are anticipating the birth of
your first child, we can guide you through the process and help you feel
confident about the road ahead.
Our expectant parent classes are open to both patients and family members.
These classes go over the
basics of infant care and prepares you for some of the challenges you may face
during the first year of your baby’s life.
A Perinatal Nurse Navigator is there to educate and guide you throughout
your pregnancy. She is available to help ensure that your pregnancy and
birth experience are everything you hoped. At Daviess Community Hospital,
our Navigator is a
registered nurse who has years of experience caring for pregnant patients and new
moms, with a particular specialty for offering support to women with medical
conditions affecting pregnancy and the postpartum period.
Our navigator will also assist in obtaining resources for you and your baby.
Desiree’ Lewis, RN,
BSN,DCH Perinatal Navigator has been a nurse for 11 years at Daviess Community Hospital. After spending
a short time in a Float Pool position she transitioned to Labor &
Delivery to pursue her passion in Women’s Health. During these years
of nursing she has remained PRN on OB and explored many areas of nursing.
She has completed two L&D
travel contracts in Port Charlotte, Florida and Seymour, Indiana. Prior to accepting
the Perinatal Navigator role she was employed by Anthem, Inc. as an OB
Case Manager specializing in High Risk Obstetrics and Substance Use Disorder.
She obtained her
Associates of Nursing from Vincennes University and Bachelor’s
Degree from University of Southern Indiana.
Contact Desiree’ Lewis, RN, BSN at: (812) 254-2760 Ext. 1333 OR (812)
698-6042 (texting welcome)
Have the Birth Experience You Planned For
People are continuously learning about more and more ways to facilitate
the delivery process. Whatever specific plan you have in mind for your
birthing experience, we are here to accommodate you. 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. Based
on your medical history,
personal preferences, and the condition of the fetus, we can help you develop a
birthing plan that
will make the process as comfortable and convenient as possible.
BABIES BORN AT DCH CAN LEAVE THEIR FOOTPRINT ON THE HOSPITAL
Great Gift for that new baby. Give a lasting tribute in honor of the little
one born at Daviess Community Hospital who has left a footprint on your heart.
Click here for information about the DCH Foundation Cradle Wall Program.
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 outpatients
are free to schedule an appointment if they need assistance with breastfeeding.
Our team is also available by
phone for any questions or concerns and provides 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
While this is an exciting time, pregnancy and raising a new baby are not
without their difficulties. Thankfully, these are obstacles millions of
other people have experienced and you are not alone in feeling overwhelmed
from time to time. We
connect our patients to support groups where they can
meet with other parents/expecting parents and share their stories. Sometimes
just hearing how another person went through what you’re going through
can be a huge help!
Support groups include:
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.
Call 812-254-8880 to learn more about our obstetric services or support
groups or contact our Director of Obstetrics, Nursery and Childbirth Education,
Shawna O’Kelley-Brinson, at