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In each newsletter issue, the NH Coordinating Team would like to highlight a New Hampshire hospital that provides obstetrical care. This month our guest is Koren Superchi, the nurse manager of the maternity unit at Littleton Regional Hospital, Littleton, NH.

Koren shares the following:

The Agnes Norris Family Birth Center at Littleton Regional Hospital, a Critical Access facility serving the North Country, strives to provide a high quality, positive birth experience not only for our mothers, but for the entire family. We are privileged to be involved in 230-250 women's births each year.

Our goal is to make families feel welcomed while providing the very best medical and nursing care in a comfortable, home-like environment. Our highly skilled and caring nursing staff provides support to the childbearing woman and her family through one of the most joyous times in a family's life. We provide comprehensive obstetrical care including the option of VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean). All choices for pain control from water therapy to epidural are available. Our unit consists of three labor and delivery rooms, three postpartum rooms and a nursery all with beautiful views of the mountains and countryside.

As our patients face the challenges of parenting, extensive education is available to all families both before and after the birth of their child. Classes include Childbirth Education for first time, subsequent parents, and siblings, CPR and Infant Safety, Breastfeeding, Mom's Morning Out, and each spring a Bridge to Positive Parenting series.

Littleton Regional Hospital supports the Child Passenger Safety Program by having two staff members that are Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians. Our goal is to assist 100% of newborns discharged with proper fit and correct car seat installation. Education is given to parents regarding appropriate seat selection for their child, placement of the child into the seat and the seat into the vehicle. The program has expanded to include families that did not deliver with us and families with children who have special needs.

Our nursing team includes three Lactation Consultants and a Lactation Counselor who provide breastfeeding education and support. All breastfeeding mothers are seen during their postpartum stay and offered assistance. Postpartum mothers are called one to two days after discharge to see how things are going, and invited back for help if they have encountered any breastfeeding difficulties.

Committed to excellent care, over half of the nursing staff has national certifications in Inpatient Obstetrics and Low Risk Neonatal Care. The Agnes Norris Family Birth Center was the recipient of a Certificate of Recognition for Breastfeeding Support in 1997 and 1998 from the NH Breastfeeding Task Force and the NH Department of Health and Human Services. Littleton Regional Hospital is also home to two recipients of the NH Breastfeeding Task Force awards for promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding.

Our staff is made up of 20 nurses, two Board Certified Obstetricians, two Pediatricians, and several Family Practitioners. For more information about the services offered at Littleton Regional Hospital please call 603-444-9567 or visit our website.
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