BBC Delivers First Baby of New Year - Bronson Healthcare

Published on January 01, 2013

BBC Delivers First Baby of New Year

Blane Edward Street came into the world at 7:53 a.m. on January 1, 2013 at the Bronson BirthPlace—Battle Creek making him the first baby born at Bronson Battle Creek in 2013.

The son of Angela Street, he weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Formerly known as the Family Birth Center, the Bronson BirthPlace has 11 private birthing suites, 4 private post-operative patient rooms, and a special care nursery. Two state-of-the-art surgical suites are also available for births that require a cesarean section.”

It is staffed by 7 OB/GYNs, anesthesiologists on call 24/7, and 10 pediatricians who oversee newborn care. The highly experienced birthing team at BBC delivers more than 1,000 babies each year.

For more complex pregnancies and newborns who need specialized care, Bronson Battle Creek connects patients directly to the advanced capabilities of Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. In addition to its BirthPlace serving Kalamazoo area families, Bronson Methodist Hospital is southwest Michigan’s only Perinatal Center, providing the highest level of care for women experiencing high-risk pregnancies. For premature or critically ill infants, it provides care in the region’s only neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

At Bronson Battle Creek, each patient suite is decorated to feel like home while at the same time the most up-to-date technology and equipment to assist in the birth process is at the caregiver’s fingertips.

The celebration of births is not limited to the patient’s family though. For more than a decade, whenever there is a birth at Bronson Battle Creek, the staff plays Brahms ‘Lullaby’ over the public address system. As a hospital family, it is another way of sharing the good news with visitors and fellow associates of the joy of a new life in our world.

Safe and secure newborns are a top priority in the Bronson BirthPlace—Battle Creek, which is why it is one of just a small number of hospitals in the entire state of Michigan to have the ‘code alert’ security system. Infants are fitted with wristbands that emit electronic signals ensuring that they are only moved with proper authorization. BBC has won numerous national awards for quality and safety measures. Recently BBC received an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score and was named a ‘Top Ten Hospital in Michigan for Patient Safety’ by Consumer Reports magazine.

Bronson BirthPlace—Battle Creek offers a number of educational opportunities for new and experienced mothers-to-be. There are facility tours, classes on childbirth and breastfeeding including a lactation consultant and a lactation specialist. In addition, there is also a special class called ‘Starting Together’ for brothers and sisters who will soon be welcoming a new member to their families.

For more information about any of these classes, or to find an OB/GYN provider, call (877) 462-2247, or visit

Bronson Battle Creek is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms. It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI. Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include inpatient behavioral health, the county’s largest accredited sleep center, and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. For nine years, Bronson Healthcare has been included on Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies list as a leading family friendly employer.