FamilyCare center to move to Charleston

January 30, 2019

The Putnam Herald

CHARLESTON - After serving Putnam County for more than 30 years and aiding in more than 1,000 births, FamilyCare Women’s Health & Birth Center is moving.

FamilyCare will move its current birth center from Hurricane to Charleston, where it will occupy the second-floor space of the historic Kelley’s Men’s Shop.

However, FamilyCare’s nurse-midwives will continue to offer prenatal, gynecology, and Family Planning services in the Teays Valley area even after the Birth Center services have moved to Charleston.

“The idea of moving the Birth Center to Charleston, and closer to a hospital, has been in discussion for several years,” Martha Carter, FamilyCare’s CEO, said in a news release. “When we were approached about the available space on the second floor of the old Kelley’s building, we realized the possibility of moving was real, plus the location was perfect.”

The FamilyCare Nurse-Midwives will assist patient deliveries at the new birth center as well as CAMC Women & Children’s Hospital.

“We do have patients who prefer to deliver in a hospital, which is fine, we support them just the same,” Lee Nichols, Certified Nurse-Midwife, said in the release. “We believe that women should be supported in the type of care and location of birth that suits them the best.”

The new FamilyCare Women’s Health & Birth Center will serve all women, providing obstetrics and gynecology services. FamilyCare will have 7,000 square feet, which will consist of eight exam rooms, and two large birthing suites with birth tubs. Plus, a spacious meeting room will allow for educational opportunities for patients and the community.

A recent government study found that women who had prenatal care with midwives and peer support at a Birth Center had significantly better outcomes at a lower cost of care.

“This is why we offer the alternative of a Birth Center birth for low-risk women,” Carter said.

FamilyCare Health Centers, established in 1989, is a non-profit Community Health Center offering family health care, women’s health and prenatal care, dental care, mental health, addiction and social services, pediatric and school-based health care, nutrition and diabetes education, and urgent care. FamilyCare has served nearly 33,000 people in four counties in West Virginia.

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