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Kirbi Zahner

Teamwork creates a safe and seamless experience for expecting moms

Diagnosis: Placenta previa
Treatment: C-section deliveryKirbi Zahner

A collegial relationship between EvergreenHealth's Midwifery Care and Obstetrics & Gynecology Care helps ensure a smooth delivery.

When Sultan resident Kirbi Zahner found out she was pregnant with her first child, she and her husband began researching options for prenatal care that would be the best fit for her family.

She chose EvergreenHealth Midwifery Care for its focus on providing one-on-one care in labor in a setting that has one of the area’s best reputations for positive childbirth experiences.

“We wanted a personalized experience and had heard praise for deliveries at EvergreenHealth’s Family Maternity Center,” Kirbi described.

When complications occur

Under the midwives’ care, a routine 20-week ultrasound found an abnormality with the position of Kirbi's placenta – it was blocking the opening of Kirbi's uterus, a complication known as placenta previa.

“Because of the placenta previa, a vaginal birth wouldn’t be recommended for her, and we referred her to EvergreenHealth Obstetrics & Gynecology Care to coordinate a Cesarean birth,” explained Miranda Hastings, CNM, ARNP, one of Kirbi's certified nurse midwives with EvergreenHealth Midwifery Care.

Located just two floors away from the midwives’ practice, EvergreenHealth’s OB/GYN practice was briefed on Kirbi's history and was ready to welcome her.

“We met Kirbi and made a plan for a safe C-section delivery,” said OB/GYN Dr. Stephen Hyde. “You don’t always know when pregnancy complications are going to happen, but thanks to our relationship with the midwifery care team we were closely looped into her issue and were able to have a successful delivery.”

The best of both worlds

With her midwife present for the delivery and Dr. Hyde leading the surgery, Kirbi describes the experience as having the best of both worlds.

She was able to continue seeing the midwives for her prenatal care while they worked collaboratively with the back-up physician team to provide the safest, highest quality care.

“We strive to provide a true continuity of care so the patient receives a seamless experience and Kirbi’s delivery is a perfect example of how we achieve the best results when we work together,” Hastings said

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