Birthing Services at USA Health
As the area’s leading provider of health services for newborn babies and their mothers, USA Children's & Women's Hospital delivers more babies than any other area hospital. As our goal is for mothers and babies to spend as much time together as possible, we offer private birthing suites that promote family-centered care and baby-friendly programs to keep your newborn as healthy as possible. Our family-centered care model encourages skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding and rooming in for newborns with their mothers.
Vaginal births deliver in one of our labor/delivery/recovery suites. After delivery, you can keep the baby with you or allow your baby to go to the nursery for routine newborn evaluations. Family members are allowed to be in the room with you and can stay up to an hour after birth.
Mothers requiring cesarean sections will deliver in an operating room located in Labor & Delivery. We can plan a “gentle” C-section, with music, hushed voices, lavender essential oil fragrance, and a clear drape, so you can view the birthing process. Our Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) team attends all C-sections to provide any needs your baby may have at delivery. We also have a team of Delivery Care RNs (DCN), who have newborn training and provide care following assessment by our NICU team. After surgery, you will be transferred to a recovery area to be closely monitored for approximately 2 hours. Your labor RN will remain with you, and your DCN will continue to monitor your baby during skin-to-skin. This is a good time to discuss how you have chosen to feed your baby, so your DCN can provide feeding education. Our goal is to keep newborns with their mothers to begin their bonding and to give our mothers a great birth experience.
While at Children's & Women's Hospital, you have access to our education and support staff, including lactation consultants, educators for first-time parents, a clerk to help you with birth records, and social workers. Your pediatrician or family medicine provider also visits during this time to evaluate your baby and answer any questions that you may have.
For mother/baby unit visiting hours, policies and information, please click here.
Children's & Women's Hospital participates in the Cord Blood Donation Program to help patients in need around the world. LifeSouth, a cord blood bank, is USA Health's partner in the program. For more details contact LifeSouth or Children's & Women's Hospital.