Birth Center birth preparation tours, classes & parent support groups

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Address:
400 South 43rd Street
2nd Floor
Renton, WA 98055

Take a FREE tour of The Birth Center

Register for a birth preparation class

Join a parenting support group

 

 A Remarkable Birth Experience

Valley Medical Center mothers-to-be enjoy a private, suite-like room for labor, birth and recovery. Each room has a whirlpool bath, free on-demand movies, DVD/CD player, wireless Internet access, room service meal delivery, and a daybed so family members can also stay in comfort. This home-like setting allows you and your family to relax and direct your attention to getting to know your new baby.

 Learn more about The Birth Center and our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

 Fast Facts about The Birth Center 

Are you in labor?

  • If you think you are in labor, whether arriving for a planned procedure or per your provider's direction, go directly to The Birth Center located on the second floor of the hospital.
  • After you have been evaluated, someone from Admitting will come to your room and complete the admission process.
  • Please remember to bring mother's driver's license/photo ID and insurance card.

Where to go:

  • 6 am - 8 pm: Please enter the hospital through the front doors. Free valet service is available during business hours at the front entry. The Birth Center is located on the second floor of the hospital.
  • 8 pm - 6 am: Please enter the hospital through the Emergency Department located in the South Tower. Park your car in the South Tower parking garage and follow the signs to The Birth Center.
  • If you are uncomfortable and unable to walk, please ask for help and a staff member will bring you by wheelchair to The Birth Center.

  • Ginger Allen, MD

    Ginger Allen

    Specialties

    • Primary: Family Medicine

    Meet the Provider

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    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English

    Locations

    Maple Valley Clinic | Primary Care
    26458 Maple Valley Black Diamond Rd SE
    Maple Valley, WA, 98038
    Phone: 425.656.5577
    Fax: 425.656.5595

    Biography

    Dr. Allen received her medical degree from the University of Washington and completed her residency in family medicine at Valley Medical Center.

    Dr. Allen enjoys the broad range of patients family medicine provides. She enjoys being part of her patient's lives from caring for newborns to managing chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. She strives to help patients maintain or improve their health through healthy lifestyle choices with a focus on healthy diet and exercise and preventative care.
     
    Her interests outside of medicine include spending time with her husband and daughters.  She enjoys being part of the Maple Valley community including socializing with friends, being involved in the schools, and supporting her daughters and their teams on the soccer field.

     

    Other Info

    Gender: Female
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Valley Medical Group Providers
  • Josephine Amory, MD

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    Specialties

    • Primary: Maternal Fetal Medicine
    • Secondary: Obstetrics/Gynecology

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English

    Locations

    Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic
    4033 Talbot Road South, Suite 450
    Renton, WA, 98055
    Phone: 425.656.5520
    Fax: 425.656.4075

    Other Info

    Gender: Female
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Valley Medical Group Providers
  • Charles Robert Bigler, MD

    Charles Bigler

    Specialties

    • Primary: Obstetrics/Gynecology

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English

    Locations

    Valley Women's Healthcare Clinic
    1 East Main Street, Suite 100
    Auburn, WA, 98002
    Phone: 253.939.9654
    Fax: 253.939.6549

    Biography

    As an Obstetrician, parent and grandparent, I recognize the importance of quality medical care for you and your unborn child.  I respect the trust that patients place in me as their physician and deliver their care in a warm and friendly manner.  I have been practicing obstetrics & gynecology in excess of twenty years, and have delivered thousands of children. Nevertheless, I still cherish the excitement and joy that parents experience at the birth of their child, and I feel privileged to participate in that experience.

    As a Gynecologist, I direct my care to my patient's problems and implement treatment plans that are directed at resolving their symptoms and concerns in a relaxed and friendly manner. I am Board Certified in my specialty and a Fellow of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. I am current on the latest technologies and I am experienced in major and minor surgery as well as office based procedures and treatment regimens.

    I have been married for over thirty years to my wife Regina.  We have two adult children and two grandchildren all who live in San Antonio, Texas. I enjoy golf, fishing and outdoor recreational activities in the Pacific Northwest as well as in our home state of Texas.

    Specialty:

    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Education:

    Baylor College of Medicine
    Texas Medical Center
    Houston, TX

    Residency:

    University of Texas
    South Texas Medical Center
    San Antonio, TX

    Board Certification:

    The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1993

    Joined:

    Dr. Bigler joined Valley Women's Healthcare in 1991

    Memberships:

    • American Medical Association
    • Washington State Medical Society
    • King County Medical Society
    • Texas Medical Association
    • Fellow - American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology

    Specialty Interests:

    • 4D Ultrasound
    • Obstetrics, low and high risk
    • Major & minor gynecological surgery
    • Infertility

    Other Info

    Gender: Male
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Valley Medical Group Providers
  • Brigit Brock, MD

    BrockBrigit

    Specialties

    • Primary: Maternal Fetal Medicine

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English

    Locations

    Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic
    4033 Talbot Road South, Suite 450
    Renton, WA, 98055
    Phone: 425.656.5520
    Fax: 425.656.4075

    Other Info

    Gender: Female
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Valley Medical Group Providers
  • Laura Denman, ARNP, CNM

    Laura Denman

    Specialties

    • Primary: Midwifery
    • Secondary: Women's Health

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English

    Locations

    Midwives Clinic
    4033 Talbot Road South, Suite 440
    Renton, WA, 98055
    Phone: 425.656.5321
    Fax: 425.656.5319

    Other Locations

    Covington Clinic North | Specialty Care
    16850 SE 272nd Street, Suite 100
    Covington, WA, 98042

    Biography

    Education
    Ohio State University - BS Nursing, 1981
    University of Illinois-Chicago - MS Nurse-Midwifery, 1986

    Midwifery positions: North Central Bronx Hospital, Bronx, New York; Bay Area Midwifery Service, San Francisco, CA. Prior to coming to Valley Medical Center, Laura was a member of the Highline Midwifery Service for 13 years.

    Laura made nurse-midwifery her career goal very early in life and, after 25 years of attending women in labor and caring for them before, during and after their pregnancies, she still says she's very happy with her decision. She remains awed by the power of birth and motherhood, and feels privileged to provide healthcare and education to women throughout their childbearing years.

    Laura lives in Burien with her husband, two teenage sons and two cats. She enjoys reading, gardening, walking early in the morning with her friends, and exploring the beach at low tide.

    Other Info

    Gender: Female
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Valley Medical Group Providers
  • Kirsten Garner, ARNP, CNM

    Kirsten Garner

    Specialties

    • Primary: Midwifery
    • Secondary: Women's Health

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English

    Locations

    Midwives Clinic
    4033 Talbot Road South, Suite 440
    Renton, WA, 98055
    Phone: 425.656.5321
    Fax: 425.656.5319

    Biography

    Education
    University of Washington - BS Psychology
    Vanderbilt University - MS Nursing with specialty of Nurse-Midwifery

    After living in Tennessee for 3 years, Kirsten returned to beautiful Seattle to be closer to her family. She joined the midwifery group at Valley Medical Center in the fall of 2005 and has loved every minute. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Kirsten thoroughly enjoys all that this area has to offer-from outdoor recreation to life in the city!  Outside of the hospital, she spends her free time with her husband and young son.  She also enjoys running, cooking, reading, and traveling around the world with her family.

    Kirsten feels honored to practice as a midwife and attend women and families throughout their pregnancy, delivery and postpartum experiences. She welcomes all questions and hopes to be a partner in your pregnancy care!

    Other Info

    Gender: Female
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Valley Medical Group Providers
  • Deborah Goldman, ARNP

    Deborah C. Goldman

    Specialties

    • Primary: Midwifery

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English

    Locations

    Midwives Clinic
    4033 Talbot Road South, Suite 440
    Renton, WA, 98055
    Phone: 425.656.5321
    Fax: 425.656.5319

    Biography

    Deb Goldman, ARNP, MPH has been working as a nurse practitioner with a specialty in women’s health for 25 years. She received both a women’s health nurse practitioner and adult primary care nurse practitioner certificate at Harbor UCLA, a MSN at California State University Long Beach and an MPH at University of Washington, Seattle. Deb loves working as needed with her favorite midwives at the Midwives Clinic at Valley Medical Center. She previously worked for 15 years at Harborview Medical Center in women’s health and has had the opportunity to work in rural Alaska and more recently to travel to other countries such as India, China, Namibia, Uganda and S. Africa to provide women’s health care, and to teach and train nurses and other health care workers. Deb is a passionate advocate for providing all women with access to quality women’s healthcare services.In her spare time Deb enjoys travel, photography, playing marimbas and mbira (thumb piano), hiking, gardening and spending time with her 3 grandchildren.

    Other Info

    Gender: Female
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Valley Medical Group Providers
  • Sameer Gopalani, MD

    Sameer Gopalani

    Specialties

    • Primary: Maternal Fetal Medicine

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English

    Locations

    Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic
    4033 Talbot Road South, Suite 450
    Renton, WA, 98055
    Phone: 425.656.5520
    Fax: 425.656.4075

    Other Info

    Gender: Male
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Valley Medical Group Providers
  • David Gorenberg, MD

    GorenbergDavid

    Specialties

    • Primary: Maternal Fetal Medicine

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English

    Locations

    Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic
    4033 Talbot Road South, Suite 450
    Renton, WA, 98055
    Phone: 425.656.5520
    Fax: 425.656.4075

    Other Info

    Gender: Male
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Valley Medical Group Providers
  • James Harding, MD

    HardingJames

    Specialties

    • Primary: Maternal Fetal Medicine

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English

    Locations

    Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic
    4033 Talbot Road South, Suite 450
    Renton, WA, 98055
    Phone: 425.656.5520
    Fax: 425.656.4075

    Biography

    Dr. Harding graduated from medical school at the University of Vermont, and completed his residency at the Maine Medical Center and the Oregon Health Sciences University. 

    Dr. Harding was honored as a Top Doctor for Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine in the 2007 edition of Seattle Metropolitan Magazine

    His clinical interests include amniocentesis, birth defects, chorionic blood sampling, high-risk obstetrics, multiple pregnancy, prenatal diagnosis, ultrasound and vaginal birth after caesarean.

     

    Other Info

    Gender: Male
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Valley Medical Group Providers
  • Daniel Herman, MD

    Daniel J. Herman

    Specialties

    • Primary: Family Medicine with Obstetrics
    • Secondary: Obstetrics/Gynecology, Family Medicine

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English

    Locations

    Valley Family Medicine Clinic
    3915 Talbot Road South, Suite 401
    Renton, WA, 98055
    Phone: 425.656.4224
    Fax: 425.656.5099

    Biography

    Dr. Herman is a faculty physician with the Valley Family Medicine Residency Program. 

    His professional interests include obstetrics, office procedures, cross-cultural medicine, rural family medicine, dermatology, and medical ethics.

    Other Info

    Gender: Male
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Valley Medical Group Providers
  • Kimberley Herner, MD

    Kimberley K. Herner

    Specialties

    • Primary: Family Medicine
    • Secondary: Obstetrics/Gynecology

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English

    Locations

    Covington Clinic South | Primary Care
    27500 168th Place SE
    Covington, WA, 98042
    Phone: 253.395.1960
    Fax: 253.395.2013

    Biography

    Dr. Herner received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. She completed her residency in family medicine at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.

    Dr. Herner practices all aspects of family medicine, from birth to geriatrics, including obstetrical care. She particularly focuses on women's and children's wellness. She enjoys camping, traveling, and going to the zoo with her family.

    Other Info

    Gender: Female
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Valley Medical Group Providers
  • Gary Kelsberg, MD

    Gary Kelsberg

    Specialties

    • Primary: Family Medicine with Obstetrics
    • Secondary: Obstetrics/Gynecology, Geriatrics

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English
    • Secondary: Spanish

    Locations

    Valley Family Medicine Clinic
    3915 Talbot Road South, Suite 401
    Renton, WA, 98055
    Phone: 425.656.4224
    Fax: 425.656.5099

    Biography

    Dr. Kelsberg is a faculty physician with the Valley Family Medicine Residency program.

    His professional interests are in geriatrics, patient-doctor communication, obstetrics, practical evidence-based medicine, and ambulatory medicine.

    Other Info

    Gender: Male
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Valley Medical Group Providers
  • Robert Molina, MD

    Robert E. Molina

    Specialties

    • Primary: Family Medicine
    • Secondary: Obstetrics/Gynecology

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English

    Locations

    Highlands Clinic | Primary Care
    451 Duvall Ave NE
    Renton, WA, 98059
    Phone: 425.656.5500
    Fax: 425.656.5542

    Biography

    Dr. Molina earned his bachelor's degree from Stanford University and his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Before coming to Valley Medical Center, he worked in a variety of family medicine settings in California and Wisconsin.

    Dr. Molina enjoys working with families; his practice includes pediatrics, adult medicine, and obstetrics. In his free time he plays soccer, works with computers, and spends time with his wife and two children.

    Other Info

    Gender: Male
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: No
    Affiliation: Valley Medical Group Providers
  • Jon Neher, MD

    Jon O. Neher

    Specialties

    • Primary: Family Medicine with Obstetrics
    • Secondary: Obstetrics/Gynecology, Geriatrics

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English

    Locations

    Valley Family Medicine Clinic
    3915 Talbot Road South, Suite 401
    Renton, WA, 98055
    Phone: 425.656.4224
    Fax: 425.656.5099

    Biography

    Dr. Neher is an associate director and faculty physician with the Valley Family Medicine Residency program.

    Other Info

    Gender: Male
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Valley Medical Group Providers
  • Carol Olivier, ARNP, CNM

    Carol Olivier

    Specialties

    • Primary: Midwifery
    • Secondary: Women's Health

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English

    Locations

    Midwives Clinic
    4033 Talbot Road South, Suite 440
    Renton, WA, 98055
    Phone: 425.656.5321
    Fax: 425.656.5319

    Biography

    While traveling in Africa, Carol was asked to help a woman in a jeep who was in labor. Carol was 27 years old, educated with degrees in psychology, premed, and anatomy and physiology, but had no idea what to do to help the woman or her baby. From that moment, Carol started the path to become expert in being skilled to help women anywhere in the world with the universal woman experience of childbirth and safe passage.

    Carol received her BS in Nursing from the University of Washington and her MS in Nursing with specialty in Midwifery from the University of Miami. Since graduation, Carol has worked with women and birth all over the United States, and with people from cultures all over the world. In Tuba City, Arizona, while in the U.S. Public Health Service, she assisted women of Navajo and Hopi descent. In Miami, she helped women from all over the Caribbean basin—predominately Cuban, Haitian and Latina. In Eastern Oregon, Carol founded a midwife service which cared for rural residents and migrant farm workers. She also cared for a rural population in upstate New York. In the Upper Peninsula of Michigan—where there was a record 300 inches of snow (!)—she had the lovely opportunity to work with the largest population of Scandinavian people in the United States.

    Carol is now back in her beloved Seattle and has been most fortunate to have joined this vibrant midwife group practice to care for the diverse multi-cultural population of South King County. In any one day, The Midwives at VMC often sees families from many countries around the world. Carol has kept her promise to herself to care for and help women from everywhere to have a safe, joyful pregnancy, childbirth, and mothering experience.

    Other Info

    Gender: Female
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Valley Medical Group Providers
  • Tony Pedroza, MD

    Tony Pedroza

    Specialties

    • Primary: Family Medicine with Obstetrics
    • Secondary: Obstetrics/Gynecology, Family Medicine

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English
    • Secondary: Spanish

    Locations

    Valley Family Medicine Clinic
    3915 Talbot RD S, STE 401
    Renton, WA, 98055
    Phone: 425.656.4224
    Fax: 425.656.5099

    Biography

    Dr. Pedroza is the Program Director and faculty physician with the Valley Family Medicine Residency Program.

    His medical interests include family medicine education, Latino health issues, addiction medicine, and obstetrics.

    Other Info

    Gender: Male
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Valley Medical Group Providers
  • Melissa Rubin, ARNP, CNM

    Melissa Rubin

    Specialties

    • Primary: Midwifery
    • Secondary: Women's Health

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English

    Locations

    Midwives Clinic
    4033 Talbot Road South, Suite 440
    Renton, WA, 98055
    Phone: 425.656.5321
    Fax: 425.656.5319

    Biography

    Education
    University of Washington - Master, Nursing in Midwifery, 2003
    University of Pennsylvania - BS Nursing, 2000
    University of Iowa - BA Religion and American Studies, 1991

    Melissa did not always know that she wanted to be a nurse midwife, coming to midwifery as a second career. She worked in women's healthcare in many different capacities, particularly in public health, public policy, and international development. Melissa finally found her calling when volunteering as a lay healthcare provider in a free health clinic in Washington, D.C.

    Melissa feels blessed to be a midwife and is continually honored by the privilege of participating in the most personal and profound experiences of pregnancy, labor, and childbirth. She enjoys sharing knowledge with women and their families throughout their pregnancy and their childbearing years. She most especially relishes the opportunity to create trusting relationships that span many years and multiple pregnancies.

    Melissa lives in Seattle with her wonderful family. Her three children were all delivered by nurse-midwives.

    Other Info

    Gender: Female
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Valley Medical Group Providers
  • Heather Rudisill, MD

    Heather M. Rudisill

    Specialties

    • Primary: Family Medicine with Obstetrics
    • Secondary: Obstetrics/Gynecology, Family Medicine

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English

    Locations

    Valley Family Medicine Clinic
    3915 Talbot Road South, Suite 401
    Renton, WA, 98055
    Phone: 425.656.4224
    Fax: 425.656.5099

    Biography

    Dr. Rudisill is a faculty physician with the Valley Family Medicine Residency program.

    Her professional interests include: obstetrics, women's health, colposcopy, procedures (women's health, dermatology, orthopedics), and resident education.

    Other Info

    Gender: Female
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Valley Medical Group Providers
  • Amy Steers, ARNP, CNM

    Amy Steers

    Specialties

    • Primary: Midwifery
    • Secondary: Women's Health

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English

    Locations

    Midwives Clinic
    4033 Talbot Road South, Suite 440
    Renton, WA, 98055
    Phone: 425.656.5321
    Fax: 425.656.5319

    Biography

    Education
    Florida State University - BS, Nursing, 1994
    University of Washington - MS, Nursing, 1999

    Unlike many of her colleagues, Amy says she didn't always know she wanted to be a midwife. It wasn't until nursing school where she saw the different approaches to caring for pregnant and laboring women that she felt drawn to midwifery.

    Amy loves being a midwife. She enjoys sharing knowledge with women and their families, and helping them make the best choices for themselves. She likes supporting and guiding women through the unique, exciting and sometimes scary experience of labor.

    Amy has two fantastic children, both born at home with a midwife. She enjoys lots of family time, travel, and fine cooking.

    Other Info

    Gender: Female
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Valley Medical Group Providers
  • Lan Tran, MD

    Lan T. Tran

    Specialties

    • Primary: Maternal Fetal Medicine
    • Secondary: Obstetrics/Gynecology

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English

    Locations

    Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic
    4033 Talbot Road South, Suite 450
    Renton, WA, 98055
    Phone: 425.656.5520
    Fax: 425.656.4075

    Other Info

    Gender: Female
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Valley Medical Group Providers
  • Teresa Wallace, MD

    Teresa L. Wallace

    Specialties

    • Primary: Family Medicine with Obstetrics
    • Secondary: Obstetrics/Gynecology, Family Medicine

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English

    Locations

    Valley Family Medicine Clinic
    3915 Talbot Road South
    Suite 401
    Renton, WA, 98055
    Phone: 425.656.4224
    Fax: 425.656.5099

    Biography

    Dr. Wallace is an Associate Director and faculty physician with the Valley Family Medicine Residency program.

    Her professional interests include women's health care, violence prevention, and international health care

    Other Info

    Gender: Female
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Valley Medical Group Providers
  • Bilha Zomer, MD

    Bilha V. Zomer

    Specialties

    • Primary: Obstetrics/Gynecology

    Languages Spoken

    • Primary: English
    • Secondary: Hebrew

    Locations

    Valley Women's Healthcare Clinic
    1 East Main Street, Suite 100
    Auburn, WA, 98002
    Phone: 253.939.9654
    Fax: 253.939.6549

    Biography

    Bilha Zomer, MD, an American citizen born in Israel, grew up in Oklahoma and completed her undergraduate work in Texas and New York.  She returned to Israel to attend medical school at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.  Dr. Zomer completed her residency in OBGYN at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.  She cares for women of all ages and has special interest in performing laparoscopic surgery and educating teenagers about women’s health issues.

    Other Info

    Gender: Female
    Board Certified: Yes
    Accepting New Patients: Yes
    Affiliation: Valley Medical Group Providers