As a means to help first-time mothers alleviate some of the fear that comes with childbirth, the Commonwealth Health Center is offering free birthing classes once a month.
According to certified nurse midwife Brynna Lynch, who spearheads the class, the class is designed for first time moms or parents who haven’t given birth at CHCC.
“The purpose is to provide information about delivery at CHCC and a space for questions to make the hospital and labor less intimidating,” she said.
The class, Lynch said, is held once a month on a Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm.
Interested participants can contact the CHCC women’s clinic for the monthly date and to sign up or if they are patients at WCC, they may sign up at the clinic at the front desk.
“Moms are encouraged to bring their birth partners but are welcome alone.There is a PowerPoint presentation and a labor and delivery tour afterwards. Ladies can call,” said Lynch.
Lynch is a midwife of three years who moved to Saipan from Arkansas in December 2021 to work at CHCC in clinic and on Labor and Delivery.
“My mom delivered at home with a midwife and her strength in motherhood is the reason I am who I am today. I haven’t given birth myself, but I have attended hundreds of women as they have brought their babies into the world and I bring their experiences with me when I am with my patients,” she said.
Ultimately, Lynch said she aspires to help women turn their fear of child birth into power.
“I absolutely love being with women as they transition to motherhood and learn how strong their bodies are. Childbirth is a life changing experience and I want to help women turn fear into power,” she said.
In addition to Lynch, CHCC has six other midwives who are ready and excited to bring years of experience to provide exceptional labor and delivery care for first time mothers, and mothers in general.
In addition, four backup physicians who support certified midwives in childbirth are available to share some insight on significant complications or C-sections during childbirth.
These experienced providers are also available 24 hours a day for questions on labor and delivery by phone and also to provide care for mothers as they move to the postpartum stages of childbirth.
“Our team of labor and delivery and OB nurses are exceptional and compassionate and we also have lactation consultants available to assist with breastfeeding when requested,” said Lynch.