Bronson Battle Creek delivers first baby of New Year - Bronson Healthcare

Published on January 02, 2014

Bronson Battle Creek delivers first baby of New Year


Takis Aaron Buie came into the world at 12:33 a.m. on January 2, at the Bronson BirthPlace—Battle Creek making him the first baby born at Bronson Battle Creek in 2014.

The son of Aaron Buie and Lindsey Whitfield, he weighed eight pounds and was 20 1/2 inches long.

Ranked by Press Ganey in the top 10% in the nation for patient satisfaction, the Bronson BirthPlace—Battle Creek is staffed by seven OB/GYNs, anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists on staff 24/7, and ten pediatricians who oversee newborn care.  The highly experienced birthing team at BBC delivers more than 1,000 babies each year.

Together they provide a personalized patient- and family-centered birth experiences.  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.

“Mom remains in the same comfortable room throughout the birthing process: labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum,” said Sheri Marvin, director of women’s health and the Bronson BirthPlace—Battle Creek.  “To ensure her complete comfort and relaxation, each suite has a whirlpool bath, a flat screen television, and is decorated in a restful color scheme.”

There are 11 private birthing suites, 4 private post-operative patients rooms, and a special care nursery.  Two state-of-the-art surgical suites are also available for births that require a cesarean section should that need arise.

The hospital also updated its OB ‘triage’ area.  This is where expectant mothers’ labor symptoms are first evaluated when they enter the hospital.  Since pregnancies can often be very anxious times, especially for first-time mothers, BBC  physicians and nurses are experienced and knowledgeable in all aspects of the birthing process.  They monitor the health of both the mother and her baby, providing information and help so they will understand what may come next.

“The celebration of births is not limited to the patient’s family though,” said Susan Watson, vice president of patient care services. “For more than a decade, whenever we have a birth here, we play Brahms ‘Lullaby’ over the in-house public address system.  As a hospital family, we think it’s an appropriate way of sharing the good news with our fellow associates and visitors 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 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.

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, offering 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.

Bronson BirthPlace—Battle Creek offers a number of educational opportunities for new and experienced mothers-to-be as well.  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 (800) 451-6310, or visit