November 18, 2015
It’s been a few months since our last update and there are many items to report on for our Family Health and Birth Center.
We are almost fully staffed!
First, as you know, Ebony Roebuck started as our Director of Midwifery in May and we have gone through an intense period of hiring new midwives. In the next two months, we have three new midwives joining our team, including Viris Clarke, who started November 9, Nephthalie Hypolite and Adrienne Crawford.
We are supporting labor and delivery again!
Ebony and Emma began to support our patients’ labor and delivery at Washington Hospital Center every other weekend in September.
With our new staff, we will be on track to fully support births at Washington Hospital Center starting in February. Our goal is to reopen the birth center to non-hospital birth services next summer. Births at the birth center will be limited in number initially to ensure sustainability while we work through scheduling. More info about that process will be forthcoming.
We are providing robust prenatal services!
In the past few months, in addition to finding great new midwives to join our team, we have launched CenteringPregnancy®, a dynamic model of group prenatal care. Although similar to our former popular group care, Centering® provides interactive learning and fun discussion in a relaxed setting. The group includes education about labor, breastfeeding and basic newborn care. There are games, food and chances to win prizes or receive gifts for your baby. During group, members will continue to have one-on-one checkups with the midwife. In addition, we provide lactation services at our center, the hospital and your home; care coordination for our most at risk moms; in birth support through doulas; and other needed services and supplies.
We remain fully committed.
Community of Hope recognizes the challenges faced by our neighbors in Ward 5 and plans to continue our services. Our landlords, the Developing Families Center, have just announced their agreement to sell the property, although the transfer will not occur for four to seven years. Community of Hope’s tenured leadership team knows how to navigate through building and relocating projects. We have already begun to review ways to continue our commitment to the families in Ward 5 and will keep our patients updated as we learn more in the next few years.
We are grateful.
We are pleased to serve you, as members of Ward 5 and Washington, DC. We provide healthcare for your whole family and you let us guide you through your child’s birth. Thank you for your patience through the last year’s adjustments. We are excited about the future of the birth center and all our services at this location.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our team. Questions about the birth services may be directed to Ebony Roebuck. Questions about the sale of the property in four to seven years may be directed to Linda Randolph who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VP, Development and Communications