Family Birthing Center
The birth of a child is a special and memorable event. When it comes to childbirth and caring for women and newborns, Southwest Memorial Hospital takes a family-centered approach. The Family Birth Center provides care from pregnancy through labor, delivery, and discharge of the mother and baby.
Women go through the entire process of labor, delivery and immediate recovery in comfortable, home-like rooms and surgical suites are available for C-section delivery. The Family Birthing Center is staffed by registered nurses, many of which have received special certification in obstetrics nursing.
Our Level I newborn nursery is staffed by specially trained nurses certified in neonatal resuscitation to ensure the safety and health of babies.
Southwest Memorial Hospital enjoys a dedicated medical and nursing staff whose experience delivering many of our newest residents (there were 214 deliveries at Southwest Memorial Hospital during 2009) shows in their day-to-day activities. The hospital has two birthing suites featuring special birthing beds, a comfortable home-like atmosphere and furnishings, and special equipment to care for newborns. There’s also a rocking chair for private moments alone with the newborn and for those special "introductions" when children, friends and relatives first meet the newest member of the family.
Upon admission to Southwest Memorial Hospital mothers-to-be are assigned an obstetrical nurse trained to handle all phases of the birth process. When the time comes for delivery, the patient has this same nurse at her side. Care is taken so that every woman feels that she has familiar support in comfortable surroundings throughout the birthing process. Patients are not separated from family members unless they need to be alone.
Sophisticated monitoring equipment keeps the physician and nursing staff apprised of the medical condition of both mom and baby throughout the birth process. Trained labor and delivery nurses concentrate on making the birth experience as comfortable and safe as possible. Nursery and rooming-in-services are provided after the baby’s birth.
The birth of a child is an exciting event and one in which family and friends love to share. But it can also be a tiring time for new mothers. Family and friends are welcome to visit anytime, keeping in mind the new mother’s need for rest following delivery and her need to bond with her newborn during those first critical hours and days. Visiting children must be over twelve years old unless they are siblings. To protect the health of mothers and babies, people with contagious illnesses will not be allowed to visit.
Every baby born at Southwest Memorial Hospital receives hearing screening. The test is performed while the baby is asleep, takes about 15 minutes, and is painless. The screening provides early identification and intervention of hearing loss.
Childbirth Education Classes
Childbirth education classes and mother and baby education are offered to help the family prepare for the new baby, and our staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer questions during and after the hospital stay.
The Family Birthing Center is managed by Janet Knisley, RN. She can be reached at 970-564-2229. You can reach the Birthing Center by calling 970-564-2245.