PUBLISHED: 5:59 PM on Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Juneau Birth Center opens new facility
JUNEAU - The Juneau Family Health and Birth Center held the grand opening of its new facility along with announcing a name change on Aug. 16.

Previously known as the Juneau Family Birth Center, the name change reflects the organization's expansion of services by incorporating a campus health, birth and family center under one roof to improve accessibility to services and support to individuals and families.

The center will continue to offer quality midwifery care, a community birth center, family medicine clinic, and pregnancy, birth and parenting education and plans to expand their Doula support for pregnant, birthing, and postpartum women and offer additional services including family counseling, a physicians assistant, on-site childcare services, exercise classes including prenatal yoga, community referrals, an extensive lending library, meeting space for local agencies, and a range of social support for families.

Other nonprofit organizations that provide support and education to individuals and families will have an opportunity to use the classroom for support groups and classes.

Juneau Family Health and Birth Center has a sliding payment scale based on income and classes offered are free to all families.

Construction of the new facility began in the spring of 2007 and is now complete. The building was designed by architect Jeff Robertson and is located at 1601 Salmon Creek Lane near Bartlett Regional Hospital. The birth rooms have a view of a beautiful rock wall allowing nature and natural lighting to enter the rooms while still maintaining privacy. Estimated cost of the project is $3.9 million.

The center released a statement saying: "It is our deepest hope that we may continue to create a sense of community, safety, support, and knowledge among families in Juneau and throughout Southeast Alaska. We believe that strong families are the center of a strong community. As we work to empower the individual and the family, the whole community benefits in countless ways."