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LOCAL GROUPS MAKE DONATIONS TO NEW UCI BIRTHING CENTER

 LOCAL GROUPS MAKE DONATIONS TO NEW UCI BIRTHING CENTER
 ANAHEIM, Calif., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Three Orange County


organizations have made donations to the UCI Birthing Center since it opened in December.
 "Although we've been open a short time, we've received items on our 'wish list' from community groups and businesses interested in helping us," said Vicki Lombardo, R.N., nurse manager.
 The Associates, the key support group of UCI Medical Center, presented a layette, car seat and an assortment of toys to the first baby born at the center. During the holidays, Orange County's 100-member Touring Riders, Chapter "O," donated four oak, antique-type rocking chairs for the birthing suites. Tokos Medical Corp. of Santa Ana is providing a color TV and VCR for patient education.
 "Other groups have inquired about assisting the Birthing Center," said Lombardo. "We can especially use printed materials related to prenatal care and family living, certain teaching aids, videos, films and more audio-visual equipment."
 At UCI's Birthing Center, "low risk" maternity services are performed in an attractive setting of comfortable offices and examination rooms, a conference center and nine birthing suites similar to labor/delivery/recovery/postpartum (LDRP) rooms. The center can accommodate up to 10 mothers at one time.
 The center's comprehensive perinatal services include initial physical examinations and laboratory tests, prenatal visits during pregnancy, nutrition advice, childbirth preparation classes, breastfeeding education, delivery and short-term newborn and postpartum care.
 The first university-operated birthing center in the area is staffed by UCI faculty members. Seven Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) work in collaboration with UCI faculty obstetricians and pediatricians. The CNMs, trained in both nursing and midwifery, specialize in "low-risk" pregnancy, labor and delivery and the care of healthy newborns and their mothers. Any mother and/or baby who develops complications is immediately transported to the nearby UCI Medical Center.
 During its first year, it is expected that approximately 1,500 babies will be born at the UCI Birthing Center, 300 W. Cerritos Ave., Bldg. 7, Anaheim.
 For further information about the UCI Birthing Center, call 714-634-7200.
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 /CONTACT: Dorothy Jean of UCI Medical Center, 714-634-5496/ CO: UCI Birthing Center ST: California IN: HEA SU:


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