Family Birth Center
Family Birth Center
At the Providence St. Peter Hospital and Providence Centralia Hospital Family Birth Centers, we offer family-centered care from pregnancy through delivery. Every year, we deliver more babies than any other hospital in our service area. We’ll keep you comfortable, physically and emotionally.
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. Providence St. Peter Hospital is home to a Level II Special Care Nursery, which means we have advanced expertise and facilities to care for high-risk infants, including those with feeding or breathing problems.
At Providence, you and your new baby will have expert medical care from a team eager to ease your concerns and share your joy.
Our birth centers combine the comforts of home with high-tech equipment and high-touch resources. We offer support at every step to ease your childbirth experience.
- Obstetrics ED: Whether you are going into labor or have another emergent issue, our triage department just for pregnant patients is here to triage and provide needed treatment.
- Birthing Suites: Our private, spacious birthing suites include a soaking tub and soft lighting to enhance your laboring experience. Each birthing suite has a family area with sleeper sofa, television, and free Wi-Fi access.
- OR Suites: If you require a Cesarean Section, the Family Birth Center is equipped with its own operating rooms.
- Postpartum Suite: After you deliver, you and your baby will be taken to a roomy postpartum suite where you’ll remain until you’re discharged. This room also includes a sleeper sofa for guests and free Wi-Fi access.
- Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: If additional care is needed, we offer a 13-bed Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Our special care nursery takes care of newborns who are 32-week gestation and above. We collaborate with Seattle Children’s tele-Neonatology program to evaluate and treat babies that may need more advanced care, keeping them closer to home whenever possible.
Our team of experts work together to ensure that welcoming a new child to your family is everything you imagined it to be.
During labor and delivery your care team may include:
- Anesthesiologists: Providers that provide pain relief for labor, such as epidurals, and anesthesia for cesarean deliveries.
- Certified Nurse Midwives: A certified health professional who helps healthy women during labor, delivery, and after the birth of their babies.
- Family Practice Doctors: Primary care providers that are trained to care for both adult and pediatric patients, including delivering babies.
- Labor & Delivery Nurses: Specialized nurses that help care for mothers and newborns during labor and after birth.
- Obstetrician-Gynecologists: A healthcare professional that specializes in female reproductive health and, specifically in the family birth center, delivers babies.
After your baby has arrived you may see some additional members on your care team:
- Lactation Consultants: A certified health professional who specializes in breastfeeding, assisting parents and infants with issues like milk supply, sore nipples and breastfeeding positions.
- Neonatal Nurses: A nurse who works with newborn infants in our Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Level I Nursery who need additional medical support after birth.
- Pediatricians: Providers that work in the birth centers and will examine your baby after delivery, during their stay, and prior to discharge.
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.
Support group meets every Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. via Zoom. 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. To join, go to https://zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID 824-906-1626.
Learn about childbirth, infant safety and breastfeeding. Visit Childbirth Classes of Olympia for more information and registration.
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. 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.
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