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  • Nursing Careers at Newport Hospital: In Our Own Words

  • Eileen Ryan, RN
    The Noreen Stonor Drexel Birthing Center

    Eileen Ryan, RNI was a pediatric nurse in nurse in New York, and I'd always been interested in working in a birthing center. My husband and I fell in love with Newport while visiting friends there, and I decided to interview at Newport hospital. In 1986, we moved here, and I started working at Newport Hospital.

    At the birthing center, we take care of the mother from the minute she walks in the door, and tend to every aspect of her care. Babies and their moms stay in the same room together, and we're family-friendly. I really enjoy the whole aspect of it. This unit is small enough that you get to know the patients. We remember them from one baby to the next. It's nice to be in a small place with a nice community feel. It's a warm atmosphere.

    All nurses at the center are involved in labor and delivery and postpartum care. Nurses here can also get involved in other areas. Some of our RNs are also certified lactation consultants, and they conduct breastfeeding classes, support groups, and do one-on-one teaching with patients. I plan on taking the lactation consultant exam next year.

    I'm so glad I moved to Rhode Island. All three of my children were born at the birthing center, and that was definitely a neat experience. I love working and living here, and I'm still close enough to my family in New York to visit all the time. It was a great decision.



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