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September 2, 2015

Bryn Mawr Hospital and Lifecycle WomanCare Announce New Partnership

Bryn Mawr Hospital and Lifecycle WomanCare (formerly known as The Birth Center) Announce New Partnership

New Relationship Will Provide Exceptional Family-Centered Care to
Expectant Parents and their Babies

BRYN MAWR, PA, (Sept. 2, 2015) Bryn Mawr Hospital, part of Main Line Health, and Lifecycle WomanCare, formerly known as The Birth Center, are proud to announce their new collaborative partnership to provide high quality and family-focused health care to pregnant and postpartum families throughout the Main Line community and beyond.

This partnership will magnify the impact of two dynamic pillars of healthcare in the greater Philadelphia region. Bryn Mawr Hospital’s longstanding reputation for excellent obstetric care, close proximity to Lifecycle WomanCare, and both entities’ commitment to providing more options for patient-centered, natural birth experiences for their patients make this an ideal partnership.

As part of this collaboration, Lifecycle WomanCare will transfer patients to Bryn Mawr Hospital should the mother and/or baby be in need of a wider scope of medical options during antepartum, intra-partum, or postpartum care. Bryn Mawr Hospital’s planned construction of family-centered, state-of-the-art maternity suites will provide even greater continuity of care for patients who transfer. Lifecycle WomanCare’s certified nurse midwives will have privileges at Bryn Mawr Hospital, and will continue to care for patients during labor and birth, while working collaboratively with Bryn Mawr Hospital staff and their on-call physician coverage team, to guarantee that both parents and baby receive superior, patient-centered, and timely obstetric care.

“We are very pleased to re-establish and broaden our relationship with Lifecyle WomanCare says Andi Gilbert, President, Bryn Mawr Hospital. “We believe this partnership will enhance the services available to expectant families in our community.”
“We are very pleased to collaborate with Bryn Mawr Hospital, which truly shares LWC’s commitment to providing the highest quality of family-centered, compassionate care to expectant families,” said Kathryn Boockvar, Executive Director of Lifecycle WomanCare. “We know Bryn Mawr Hospital will offer our families a breadth of natural, personalized and innovative options, synergistic with LWC’s maternity and birth care, breastfeeding support and community programs.”

For more information about Lifecycle WomanCare, please visit For more information about Bryn Mawr Hospital, please visit


About Bryn Mawr Hospital
Bryn Mawr Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a 319-bed, not-for-profit acute-care teaching hospital dedicated to helping the community stay well ahead on the path to life-long health. Bryn Mawr Hospital has earned Magnet® designation for the third time for its superior nursing staff. The Hospital has been nationally recognized by Press Ganey, Truven Health Analytics, The Joint Commission and other healthcare ratings organizations for its outstanding quality of patient care. Bryn Mawr Hospital has been named among the top ten hospitals in the Philadelphia metro area in US News & World Report’s Best Hospitals, and is ranked as high-performing in four specialties: geriatrics, gastroenterology and GI surgery, orthopedics and urology. Bryn Mawr Hospital’s Neuro-Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (NCICU) has also received the 2015-2018 American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) 2015 silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence for the second time. The Hospital offers a full range of services, including cancer care, orthopedic care, cardiovascular care, maternity care, bariatrics, neurovascular and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, all aided by a dedicated team of health care professionals and innovative technology such as the da Vinci® Surgical System’s robotic technology and RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. Through Bryn Mawr Hospital’s collaboration with the Jefferson Neuroscience Network, the university-affiliated Neurovascular Center offers rapid access to advanced diagnostics and treatment options for stroke care. Bryn Mawr Hospital has also collaborated with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children to include round-the-clock pediatric care for the pediatric inpatient unit and in the pediatric emergency department with additional board-certified emergency medicine physicians. For more information about Bryn Mawr Hospital, visit

About Lifecycle WomanCare
Founded in 1978 as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, Lifecycle WomanCare (LWC) was the first licensed independent birth center in Pennsylvania and is one of the oldest continually operating birth centers in the United States. LWC’s highly qualified team of certified nurse-midwives, nurse-practitioners, and registered nurses have been delivering transformational and individualized care to families in the greater Philadelphia region for 36 years, and was proud to celebrate the remarkable milestone of the birth of its 10,000th baby in 2014. LWC provides comprehensive, full-service maternity care and birth services through The Birth Center at LWC; gynecological and well-woman care from adolescence through post-menopausal years; contraception; breastfeeding consultation, classes, and support groups; and classes and education. We also offer comprehensive care and support to women entering and in their peri-menopausal through post-menopausal years, with personalized care and holistic approaches. LWC has also been a key voice and advocate for health policy and practices that advance care for all women and families, and was proud to host a prominent and productive symposium titled The State of Women’s Health in June 2015 that received extensive media coverage and proudly featured the Pennsylvania Physician General as their keynote speaker.




For Bryn Mawr Hospital:

Mary Kate Coghlan, 484.580.1028

For Lifecycle WomanCare:

Bridget Therriault, 484.580.1025

Sarah Evans, 610.421.4777