Women's Health Center
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. 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.
Here's what our patients say...
"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,
"The delivery was smooth. The doctor 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,
"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
doctor 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 doctor 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.
“All of our nurses have been wonderful, but Chloe was great! She
has been our hero!”
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 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.
Shawna O'Kelley-Brinson, RN, Director of Obstetrics, Nursery and Childbirth Education
812.254.8880 Ext. 1345
Melissa Schroeder, RNC, IBCLC
Melissa Smith, RN, CLC, CPST
Daviess Community Hospital
1314 E Walnut St - PO Box 760
Washington, IN 47501