Our goal at the Birth Center is to make your childbirth experience positive, relaxed, memorable and as personalized as possible. Each patient starts in a labor and delivery suite. Once delivery and recovery is complete, mom and baby will be moved to a clean, private postpartum room for the remainder of their stay.
Security is our No. 1 priority. Your baby will be safe in the Birth Center. We use an electronic tag system to monitor each baby. In addition, our unit is locked with one designated secure entrance for patients and visitors.
To help make childbirth as comfortable as possible, there are options for pain relief. Your nurse or provider is happy to discuss these options with you. Epidural anesthesia is available 24/7.
Skin to Skin after Delivery and C-Section
- • Studies have shown that normal, term newborns who are placed skin to skin with their mothers immediately after birth, make the transition from fetal to newborn life with decreased stress. They have been shown to:
- • Maintain their body temperature better
- • Experience more stable heart rate and breathing
- • Have higher blood oxygen levels
- • Have more success with breastfeeding immediately after birth
- • Better able to absorb and digest nutrients.
- • We recommend skin to skin for both vaginal and c-section deliveries. If you have questions, please talk with your provider or nurse to receive more details.
Postpartum Tubal Ligation is also offered at Marshfield Medical Center and can be coordinated with your delivery. Please contact your provider for further details.
Lactation Services: We have trained IBCLC (Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultants) and Certified Lactation Counselors to assist and support you with all of your breastfeeding questions. They are available 6 days a week to meet your needs. Please see the link provided for more details.
Special Meal: We are happy to offer a complimentary Special Meal during your stay for you and your support person to celebrate the birth of your child.
Rooming in with Your Baby: One of the positive aspects of family centered care at the Birth Center is that your baby stays with you from the moment of birth. We encourage rooming in so that you can facilitate bonding with your baby, develop successful feeding plans and discover the unique qualities that your baby has. Nurses are available to assist every step of the way. The Pediatrician will round daily to discuss the care of your new baby.
Going Home: routine discharge is by 12:00 noon on the day of discharge. You, your OB provider and the baby’s Pediatrician will determine together when you and your baby are ready to go home. Mothers who have a vaginal birth may go home 1-2 days after the birth. Mothers who have a c-section delivery usually go home 3-4 days after giving birth.
What to expect when you have a baby during COVID-19
- • Testing:
- • All patients admitted to the hospital are tested for COVID-19. This is a quick nasal swab performed by the nurse. We get the results within a few hours. Knowing your COVID status helps us to properly and safely care for both you and your baby, as well as keep our staff safe.
- • You will be asked to wear a mask as much as possible during your stay.
- • Support Person:
- • You will be allowed one support person to stay with you during your stay. This person will remain the same throughout your stay. If they become symptomatic, they will be asked to return home to protect our other mothers, vulnerable newborns and our staff. Your support person must always wear a mask in the hospital, except when eating, drinking or sleeping.
- • If you test positive for COVID-19:
- • Your baby will stay with you in your room during the entire stay. If possible, baby will be kept in an isolette in your room for even greater protection.
- • You will need to wear a mask and perform hand hygiene when caring for your baby.
- • If you desire to breastfeed, we will encourage this and support you.
- • Your support person will be required to wear the proper PPE to remain in the room to support you.
- • Your support person will be required to remain in the room with you at all times. Meals for your support person will be available for ordering through the cafeteria and will be complimentary
View FAQ for COVID-19 positive or quarantined patients in OB.