New birthing center to open in Centerville

The hospital’s new birthing center will open in August, with an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony set for Aug. 18, said hospital spokeswoman Nancy Thickel. Miami Valley South is part of Premier Health Partners, which also operates Miami Valley Hospital, Good Samaritan Dayton, Atrium Medical Center and Upper Valley Medical Center.

Miami Valley South opened in 2007 as an outpatient facility. In March, it opened 48 inpatient beds.

The new birthing center will include 16 post-partum beds, five labor-and-delivery suites and a water birthing suite, Thickel said. Surgical suites are also available for women who need C-sections, she said.

The hospital does not have a neonatal intensive care unit; babies who require that extra level of care will be transported to Miami Valley Hospital, which operates a Level 3B NICU, Thickel said.

Thickel didn’t immediately know how many births the Miami Valley South center anticipates a year. Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton delivers 4,800 babies a year.

Contact this reporter at (937) 225-7457 or peggy.o’

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