At the Providence St. Peter Hospital Family Birth Center, we offer family-centered care from pregnancy through delivery. Every year, we deliver more babies than any other hospital in the five-county area – usually about 2,000 infants every year.
Providence obstetrician-gynecologists and certified midwives deliver thousands of newborns every year. Whether babies arrive early, on time or late, our team is ready to assist you in welcoming them to your family.
We are also a Level II neonatal facility, which means we have advanced expertise and facilities to care for high-risk infants, including those with feeding or breathing problems.
We offer scheduled tours of our birth center every Sunday at 3 p.m. Please call at least one hour before your tour to check for availability — sometimes we need to cancel if our Family Birth Center is full.
Located within Providence St. Peter Hospital, our birth center combines the comforts of home with high-tech equipment and high-touch resources. We offer support at every step to ease your childbirth experience. Our birth center offers:
- Furnished rooms for the comfort and care of mothers and families
- Fully equipped labor, delivery and recovery areas
- In-room care and resources for your newborn
- Operating and recovery rooms with C-section and emergency capabilities
- Delivery support through pediatric wellness checks, including complete health care for both mother and child
Our services include:
- Breastfeeding support — We’ll provide one-to-one breastfeeding guidance to get you and your baby off to a good start, including follow-up classes and support.
- Lactation consultations — We offer free services to mothers staying at the Family Birth Center. Our lactation consultant will develop a feeding plan and assist with any breastfeeding concerns.
- Level II Special Care Nursery for Advanced Neonatal Care — This designation indicates a high level of specialized care for high-risk newborns such as pre-term infants and those with serious medical conditions.
- Breast pump equipment — This is available to rent or purchase through Lullabies, the hospital’s gift shop for babies and moms.
Our team of experts work together to ensure that welcoming a new child to your family is everything you imagined it to be. Your care team may include:
- Family practice doctors
- Lactation consultants
- Midwives (certified childbirth specialists)
- Neonatal nurses and specialists
- Nurse practitioners
- Registered nurses
We offer educational materials, classes and other types of support to keep you healthy through pregnancy and after delivery. We also offer tools to assist you in making your birth plan. Some of our available resources include:
To keep things on track and in line with your wishes, download our birth plan form and share your completed form with your care provider before your eighth month of pregnancy. You’ll want to have a copy ready when you come to the hospital to deliver your baby.
We meet every Tuesday and Saturday from 2 - 4 p.m. in the Family Birth Center Classroom. If you’d like to participate, please call 360-486-4070 on the day of the meeting to confirm the group is meeting that day. Mothers and infants are welcome to join the group at any time. We encourage you to bring your baby ready to feed.
Find information and downloadable materials about pregnancy and how to give your child a healthy head start in life plus how to keep yourself and your baby healthy and safe after childbirth. Visit the CDC website.
If you breastfeed and are able, please consider donating milk for other infants in need — such as premature or medically fragile infants who don’t have access to breast milk. Carefully screened donor breast milk nurtures at-risk infants whose mothers can’t supply enough milk.
Our certified lactation nurses will answer your questions about becoming a breast milk donor. They’ll assist you with the screening process and delivery to a certified milk bank. There, experts will process, pasteurize and distribute the milk to infants who need it.
To learn more or share your gift of breast milk:
- Contact the Northwest Mothers Milk Bank by calling 503-469-0955. Staff will answer your questions and talk with you about whether milk donation is right for you.
- Participate in a telephone screening. If you decide to proceed, milk bank staff will ask for and provide additional information and provide consent forms.
- Come to the hospital for a laboratory visit. All breast milk donors are screened carefully for safety. The one-time blood test is free of charge at the hospital’s laboratory.
- Arrange a time to deliver your frozen breast milk. Drop-offs must be pre-arranged to ensure timely shipping. Our facility provides packing materials and boxes needed to transport your milk. Call 360-493-5270 for an appointment.