About your stay at the Madigan Birthing Center

After 20 weeks gestation, you may report to the Birthing Center for evaluation, treatment or monitoring. For safety and security there must be an adult other than the patient to care for any children present. Your physician will discuss and review with you a plan of care at the time of admission so you and your family understand why you are being admitted.

Your stay in the Birthing Center will vary in length based on you and your baby’s specific health care needs. Mothers in labor will remain in the Birthing Center for delivery of your new born and for an immediate postpartum period. Later, you and your baby will be transferred to the Mother-Baby Unit.

While in the Birthing Center, a nurse will be assigned and dedicated to you and your needs throughout your entire delivery as your primary nurse. Your nurse will assist with providing your medical care, support you in your labor and delivery, answer your questions and work providing you comfort, encouragement and act as your advocate.

We do not have restricted visiting hours at the Madigan Birthing Center, however providing a supportive, low stress environment, with decreased stimulation, facilitates the birthing process.

We highly encourage you to have supporters with you during your labor and delivery including of course the father of the baby. Children are allowed to be a supporters and should attend the Sibling Class if there are plans for them to be present during the birth. Also, it is mandatory that an additional adult be present to care for other children present.

Family and friends who are ill should discuss their presence with the nurse to determine if it is safe for them to be present on the unit.

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