SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The Oregon Birth and Wellness Center is soon to be located in Springfield just off Gateway street. The change is expected to be made by the end of the year. This news comes after years without a birthing center in the area.
The executive director of the board of directors for OBWC, Crystal Massey, said a new birthing center has been a hot topic since the previous center, Peace Health Birth Center, closed in 2019.
"It's been a big subject in the women in our community for the past few years," said Massey.
Since then, Massey has been operating out of her current practice, "Eden Midwifery".
Massey said the new location, down the road from the Shoppes at Gateway, is a good spot for birthing mom's to take a breather.
"We just really liked the surrounding area around here, nice places you can walk, the river is close by," said Massey.
Massey also said they chose the location in Springfield because of low travel time to the hospital in case of an emergency.
Other employees are also excited to open the center.
Bryan Normann, the Vice President of the board of directors for OBWC wasn't always on the board. Before he joined the board of directors, he started out as a paramedic.
When his wife was pregnant with his now 3-month-old child she was seeing an OB and he had his doubts about a home birth.
"Working in the ER you can see a lot of the worst things that can happen, and you know I could only imagine what would happen to my kid," said Normann.
Massey did more than convince Normann's wife to do a homebirth. He's now the Vice President of the Board of Directors at the OBWC, and he'll be a birthing assistant at the new Springfield location.
The new birthing center will include two large birthing suites with birthing tubs, private bathrooms, a kitchen, a teaching space, two offices, and a family waiting area.
According to childbirth expert and midwifery student Victoria Kelson, the teaching space is to help ease soon-to-be parents into their new roles.
"Bringing people together who are all along the same journey can share their fears, and their hopes and their desires with one another and really feel supported and feel like they're like cultivating community," said Kelson.
If you want to learn more about the central opening or how to support efforts for the Oregon Birth and wellness center, you can visit their website.