Giving Birth

DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS: Wayne Memorial remains committed to offering the best possible birthing experience for you and your family. However, for safety concerns we have updated our visitation policy. Read more here REVISED - Obstetric Patient Visitation

Empowering your childbirth.

At Wayne Memorial we're committed to providing truly personalized birth experiences. Our multidisciplinary approach to all the topics below incorporates education, wellness and care.

We know that providing the right birth experience for you and your family starts with listening and understanding your unique needs.

You decide your birth plan with our team in a setting that allows us to provide the type of personal, one-on-one maternity care that you often can’t get at larger hospitals.

Our beautiful New Beginnings Birthing Suites offer a comfortable, welcoming environment where our experienced and compassionate staff of OB/GYNS, nurse-midwives and maternity nurses allows us to respond to any childbirth situation, 24 hours a day.

Learn more how Wayne Memorial is here to partner with you in the birth of your child. Click on a topic below.

During a preconception care checkup your provider will discuss factors that can affect a pregnancy such as diet and lifestyle, personal and family medical history as well as medications you are taking. Identifying risk factors before you become pregnant allows you to take steps to increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy. Difficulties getting pregnant are also addressed with counseling and treatment options.


Early and regular prenatal visits are essential to help keep both you and your baby healthy. Visits are typically scheduled once each month for week 4 through 28 of your pregnancy, increasing to twice a month and then weekly as you come closer to 36 weeks. During visits your midwife or physician will calculate your due date, monitor your blood pressure and weight gain, check the baby’s growth by measuring your abdomen, listen to the baby’s heartrate and perform pelvic exams as well as answer any questions you may have. Routine tests will also be ordered.

At Wayne Memorial your birth plan can be comprised of non-pharmacological pain management strategies, medications including an epidural or a combination of both. Our team of trusted birth experts will work with you so you can experience the birth you want. Non-medication techniques include hydrotherapy, birthing balls, patterned breathing, position changes, counter-pressure as well as hot and cold therapies.

Childbirth Education

Childbirth Education classes are offered via Facebook Only during COVID-19 Pandemic

Facebook classes include a virtual tour of New Beginnings Birthing Suites

WHERE  I Classes can be viewed by joining WMCHC Birth Lounge Facebook Group

WHEN  I Via Facebook 

INSTRUCTOR  I Certified Childbirth Educator


Discomfort of Pregnancy

Labor Process and Stages

Vaginal vs Caesarean Births

Pain Management Strategies and Medications

Role of the Support Person

Postpartum Care

Normal newborn Appearance

Call Women’s Health Center at 800-869-6636 or 570-253-3005 for more information. 

Click the link below to print a schedule.

Childbirth COVID class Information


Women giving birth at Wayne Memorial have the option of a Water Birth with the guidance of Certified Nurse Midwives. Water births are facilitated in a temperature-controlled warm tub of water. This method is thought to be more natural and gentler for the baby and less stressful for the mother. Women may choose to be immersed in water for either all or part of the labor as well as delivery. Some may choose to get out of the tub prior to delivering their baby. Our midwives will work with you and support your decisions so you may be in control of your own birth experience.

Our maternity staff is specifically trained to help new moms begin their journey with breastfeeding. Our staff can assist with latching and positioning as well as offer education on milk supply and proper feeding of your newborn. An Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) does rounding on New Beginnings Birthing Suites and is available for consults after you’ve taken your baby home.

Breastfeeding Your Baby

Open to all Expectant Mothers

WHERE I  Virtual Class only available during COVID Pandemic via Facebook. Join WMCHC Latch Lounge page

TIME I  Facebook only until further notice

Learn all you need to know about giving your baby the best start in life with mother’s milk--getting started with latching, weaning, and everything in between.

For more information, call Women’s Health Center at 800-869-6636 or 570-253-3005. 

Click on the following link to print the 2020 schedule

Breastfeeding Classes During COVID-19

Join our private online community for breastfeeding moms on Facebook

Come and share your experiences with other breastfeeding mothers. All are welcome to post support for fellow mothers and moms-to-be to achieve breastfeeding success 

Helpful posts from an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant

WMCHC Latch Lounge

Breastfeeding Policy

Click the link below to view Wayne Memorial Hospital's Breastfeeding Policy

Our Certified Nurse Midwives provide prenatal care to expectant mothers and facilitate births at the New Beginnings Birthing Suites of Wayne Memorial Hospital. Midwives also offer postpartum care, annual gynecological exams, family planning and menopause care. Compassionate and skilled, our midwives offer women treatment and support throughout their lifecycle.

We are proud to offer women the option of working with a nurse midwife during every phase of the birthing experience.

In order to ensure the highest quality of care for both mother and baby, midwives have 24-hour physician back up for all births.

Patricia Konzman, CNM, Certified Nurse Midwife

Patricia Konzman, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife

Christina MacDowell, DNP, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife
Doctor of Nursing Practice


Kate Scully, CNM, MPH
Certified Nurse Midwife
Board Certified Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Our skilled and compassionate physicians perform pregnancy related and gynecology surgeries at Wayne Memorial Hospital. All midwife births have 24-hour OB/GYN physician back up. To learn more about our gynecology services, please click this link Gynecology

Thomas O’Brien, MD


Eric Rittenhouse, MD

Angela Tang, MD


Joanne Pellicane, MD


Raymond DeCesare, II, MD



You and your family will feel right at home in our warm, welcoming environment. We have Labor-Delivery-Recovery-Postpartum beds in five spacious, comfortable rooms. Each suite has a private bathroom, complete with a large shower, and a sleeper-chair so a family member can room-in if desired. Your baby may rest in one of our 15 bassinets or in your arms bedside. Our nurses are available for in-room and one-on-one advice and comfort 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Your baby may stay with you the entire time you are in our care, but if you should need a rest, your baby can also stay safely and securely in our fully-equipped and fully-staffed nursery.

Our Staff

All of our RNs (Registered Nurses) are certified in neonatal resuscitation, trained in fetal monitoring by and follow the standards of the national Association of Women’s Health Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). Our staff is also credentialed in QMI monitoring, which means that they are qualified to read and interpret fetal and maternal computer monitoring systems in your room, so they don’t have to leave your room to check or document the condition of you and your baby. High-risk patients are managed by our physicians and staff by consulting with nearby perinatalogists and neonatalogists if needed.

When a high-risk infant is born at Wayne Memorial Hospital, staff has instant access to neonatal intensive care specialists at Lehigh Valley Hospital via advanced tele-medicine equipment. The audio-visual connection will allow Lehigh doctors to examine the infant in real time and assess treatment and the need, if any, for transfer.

Tours of New Beginnings are available: Please feel free to contact our department for a personal tour before the birth of your baby (570) 253-8366.

High deductibles or lack of insurance coverage should not keep you from the care you and your baby need. Our Registered Nurse Care Coordinators work directly with the Healthy Beginnings Plus Program. This program is designed to serve the needs of low-income or financially-challenged women by helping them have a positive pregnancy experience. You may receive supplemental or even free care. Our staff helps patients navigate the paperwork required to apply for government benefits and address the psychosocial needs of the patients, in addition to ensuring that they receive traditional medical and obstetric services.

The application process can be initiated right in the office and temporary benefits can be arranged on the spot, allowing for immediate prenatal care.

Call (570) 253-3005 for information.

The Women’s Health Center is staffed by Board Certified and Board Eligible Obstetricians/Gynecologists, Certified Nurse Midwives, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, an Ultrasound Technologist and trained support staff who are all dedicated to serving the needs of women in the community.

We have offices located in Wayne, Pike and Lackawanna Counties. Patients are seen by appointment only. Office hours at outlying offices may vary depending on provider availability.

110 Park Street
Honesdale, PA 18431
Phone: (570) 253-3005 or 800-869-6636
Monday through Friday - 8 am to 4:30 pm
Same Day Appointments offered at this office (based on availability)

Pike County
Women’s Health Center
at Pike County Medical Center
750 Route 739
Lords Valley, PA 18428
Phone: (570) 775-8838
Monday through Friday - 9 am to 4 pm
Same Day Appointments offered at this office (based on availability)

Located within the Hamlin Family Health Center
543 Easton Turnpike
Hamlin, PA 18427
Phone: (570) 689-9965
Thursday and Friday - 9 am to 4 pm

Women’s Health Center
141 Salem Avenue
Carbondale, PA 18407
Phone: (570) 280-3407
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday - 9 am to 4 pm
Tuesday - 8 am to 1 pm
Same Day Appointments offered at this office (based on availability)

My experience with the midwives at Wayne Memorial Hospital was top notch! I received the most wonderful care from planning, to birth, and after! Midwifery is a beautiful thing!

Stacy M.



My experience with the Midwives at Wayne Memorial Hospital was phenomenal! During my pregnancy, it was recommended that I see every provider in the office so that I was familiar with whoever was on staff when I went into labor but once I met the Midwives, I knew right away that I had to be a Midwife patient. 

The Midwives have such calm, laid back personalities and remind you of how beautiful pregnancy is. I never felt worried or concerned after talking to them about changes my body was going through. Whenever I had questions, they were always quick to answer my calls and explain what was happening and why.

I prefer natural health care as much as possible and they never pushed over the counter medications for anything. They always had a suggestion of things I could try from natural supplements to herbal teas and if they didn’t have an answer for something I was dealing with, they would ask colleagues and get back to me with something else that I could try. I learned so much from their knowledge and have been able to pass on helpful information to friends dealing with the same or similar concerns that I had. 

I feel so blessed to have had Pat there when I went into labor and Christina available when we were ready to deliver. I truly don’t know what I would have done without them. I had such a positive experience with the labor a delivery process and I owe it all to them for keeping me as comfortable as possible, constantly checking in to make sure we were both healthy and always reassuring me that my body was doing exactly what it was supposed to. They’re positive energy and commitment to being the best Midwives they could possibly be made my pregnancy, labor and deliver as smooth as possible. 

I will forever be grateful for the Midwives at WMH and will definitely be seeing them when we are blessed with pregnancy again in the future!

Stephanie L.



My experience with my midwife was maybe a little unusual. I met her about half way through my pregnancy after moving halfway across the state. There were many times through my pregnancy that I wanted to throw in the towel; I didn’t want the baby, I didn’t want to be pregnant anymore - I didn’t even want to be alive anymore when I met my midwife, but she was instrumental in changing that. She listened to my concerns, giving me hugs and tissues, and she remembered what I told her from one visit to the next. I looked forward to seeing her and sharing my first my worries and then my excitement with her. She was with me in the hospital when my son was born via c section, and it was my midwife who helped me nurse him for the first time ever!

I have since moved halfway back across the state with my son, but I think about my midwife all the time. It is no exaggeration when I say she was the brightest spot in those dark days, and because of her, my son and I are alive and well. I’ve never forgotten when she hugged me and told me that her job was to keep me healthy, not just the baby. Because of that, I wake up every day to the blessing of motherhood, to a healthy baby.

My midwife saved our lives, and there really aren’t enough thank yous that could ever express my gratitude.

Elizabeth M.



I absolutely felt in control of my birth experience. I shared with the nurses and midwives my birth plan and they were very respectful of my decisions, (even when they changed during the course of labor). 

Both of my births at WMH were long and drawn out, I have no doubt that had I been at a different hospital, they would have taken me to get a cesarean, but the midwives and nurses allowed my body the time to do what it needed to do to birth my babies vaginally and I am very grateful for that! 

After the birth of my first son at WMH, my husband and I were so impressed that there was no question thats where we wanted to deliver our second child. We recommend WMH to anyone we know locally that is pregnant! 🙂 

Carol R.



Having the continuous support of my midwife during my labor experience eliminated any fears, worries and doubts I had surrounding the birth of my daughter. With her help, I was able to have a clam, peaceful delivery that I can look back on with memories of feeling in control and empowered.

Heidi M. 


Wayne Memorial Hospital and their staff are amazing.  They cared about my birth plan and helped me stick to it!  There is no other hospital I'd want to have my babies at! From the moment we found out we were pregnant I knew I wanted a midwife to do the delivery and WMH did not disappoint. My midwife was amazing and so calm and encouraging through the whole process.  There is no one better to have brought my precious babies into this world!

I loved that Wayne Memorial Hospital and their staff cared about my birthing plan and helped me to labor the way I wanted... at no point did they try to push anything on me and even when I contemplated a epidural when things were getting intense they helped me see I could do it all natural as I had wanted to all along!

Meica D.

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We want you to know that by choosing to have your baby at WMH, you have made an excellent decision. Being selected to help bring your child into the world is an incredible honor and one we take very seriously. We combine a family-centered approach with top-notch medical care to give you and your baby the best possible birth experience. We consistently deliver the very highest levels of care by providing:

Special Services

Many special services are available to families. They include:

• Epidural analgesia

• Mother-baby concept of care delivery

• Family-centered visitation

• Hydrotherapy services

• Breastfeeding Counseling

• Educational classes

• Childbirth Education Classes

One-on-one nursing care – other than shift changes, you will have the same nurse throughout your labor process

Bedside computerized charting – this means your nurse spends more time with you in your room rather than running back and forth to the nurses’ station to make notes.

Remote physician access – computerized remote access keeps your doctor or midwife informed at all times. This allows for faster response times and improved communications.

One nurse for mother and one nurse for baby – we dedicate enough staff to ensure each mother and each baby has individualized medical care.

Safe and secure environment – in addition to being a locked and closely monitored unit, all babies and parents receive identification bracelets immediately. All IDs are verified regularly and all babies are continually attended at all times.

Caring for mom and baby – support and care from WMH doesn’t end when you leave the hospital. With newborns, questions and concerns can arise at all hours of the day or night. We are here for you and we will do everything we can to ensure your growing family is off to a great start.

WMH New Beginnings Anti-Discrimination Policy – Patients will be accepted for care without discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, age, financial status, handicap (mental or physical), ability to pay or place of national origin.