Family Birthing Center
The Family Birthing Center offers eight private labor / delivery / recovery / postpartum (LDRP) suites where mothers and their new arrivals spend their entire stay, as well as three additional private suites. And, although the LDRPs are almost as comfortable as home, they also are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to make sure baby's arrival goes as smoothly as possible. If the need arises, a cesarean birthing suite is nearby for surgical deliveries.
The Center is staffed by nurses who are specially trained in maternity care. Anesthesiologists are available 24 hours a day, and nurse midwives work in conjunction with obstetricians, neonatalogists, pediatricians and family practitioners.
The emphasis on family continues after your "special delivery" arrives. Each LDRP offers a couch that converts to a sofa so Dad can spend the night, and a gourmet feast allows new - or not-so-new - parents to share an intimate dinner before they leave St. Luke's. There's even a personalized blanket for baby to commemorate this special time.
For more information about the Family Birthing Center and its maternity classes, or to schedule a tour of the department, call 419-891-BABY (2229).
Maternity and Family Education
Pregnancy is a time for many changes in your body—and in your life. The Family Birthing Center at St. Luke's Hospital provides classes to help you prepare for your new baby. Offered primarily in the evening, they are taught by experienced, certified educators.
For more information or to register for a class, please call 419-891-BABY (2229). Because class size is limited, please register early in your pregnancy.
Childbirth Education ($50)
This four-week class helps parents-to-be prepare for their baby's birth. Topics include the labor and birth process, Lamaze techniques and medical options, newborn care and breast feeding. You'll also take a tour of our beautiful Family Birthing Center.
Breast Feeding ($15 per couple)
(No charge when taken with Childbirth Education)
This 2-1/2 hour class reviews the benefits of breast feeding for mom and baby. Instruction and tips are offered to help make this experience comfortable and successful. Information about breast pumps and tips for working mothers will also be provided.