Family Birthing Center
A special time experienced in a special place

Family Birthing Center

Whether you are a first-time or experienced mom, the doctors, midwives and nursing team at the CMH Family Birthing Center are committed to helping you and your family have the best labor and birth experience possible.

Preparing for Your Baby

While pregnancy and birth are a natural part of life, we recommend that you receive prenatal care starting early in your pregnancy. Doing so helps give your baby the best possible start.

During your prenatal care visits at the CMH Women’s Center, you will meet our team of obstetricians and nurse midwives. You will also be encouraged to take prenatal classes. These classes are free to women who plan to deliver their baby at the CMH Family Birthing Center. As a precaution due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, CMH is offering free online childbirth education through May 31, 2020. Here is the link to register

Before your baby is born, you may call the CMH Family Birthing Center to schedule a tour at 503-338-7581.

During Labor and Delivery

We offer many drug-free options to help you manage pain during labor, including birthing balls, squat bars, Jacuzzi tub, showers, aromatherapy and more. We also understand and support women who choose a medicated birth with IV medications or epidurals. If you are including a private doula as part of your birth plan, we welcome the opportunity to work with this individual and the rest of your support system. 

You and your baby are in good hands at the CMH Family Birthing Center. Our obstetricians and nurse midwives are supported around the clock by the anesthesia team and CMH pediatricians. The nursing staff is specially trained in labor, delivery, neonatal resuscitation, neonatal stabilization, postpartum and breastfeeding care.

After Baby Is Born

We encourage:

  • Care Partners: Mother’s support person should stay with mother and baby as much as possible to help and learn.
  • Visitors: As a Planetree Gold-Certified Hospital, visitors may be with you whenever you choose. Please remember that your baby’s immune system is still new so ask all visitors to wash or sanitize their hands before holding or touching your baby. Also, please ask that visitors who are sick or have a contagious disease wait until they are well before visiting.  This is for your safety as well as your baby’s.
  • Rooming In: Healthy moms and babies should stay together. Keeping your baby in your room gives you time to get to know each other before going home, and it gives you a good start with breastfeeding. Your baby will be safer and happier having you nearby.
  • Skin-to-Skin Contact: When mom and baby are both doing well after birth (vaginal or c-section deliveries) we encourage baby to be placed skin-to-skin with mother for the first hour after delivery. All routine procedures (weight, measurements, footprints, and medications) will be delayed until after this precious time. Keeping baby skin-to-skin helps baby’s transition to the world by helping to control his or her temperature, heart rate, breathing and blood sugar. Skin-to-skin also helps to get breastfeeding off to a good start.
  • Breastfeeding: All of our nurses are trained to assist you in breastfeeding and answer your questions. When extra care is needed, we have two International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants who are available five (5) days per week. They can visit with you before you go home, or you can make an appointment through our Lactation Program at any point after you go home.
  • Tobacco-Free Campus: CMH is a totally tobacco-free campus. We understand that you may use tobacco products; however, while you’re at CMH, we ask that you do not use tobacco products on hospital property. We will happily assist you by providing aids such as nicotine patches, nicotine gum, candy, etc., to help you quit during your stay.
  • Safe Sleep for Your Baby: Always place your baby on his/her back in crib, ensure that there are no blankets, clothing, pillows or stuffed animals close to baby. Please do not sleep with your baby in the hospital bed. Our beds are much narrower than yours at home, and you will be tired from delivery. In addition, you may have received medications that make you extra sleepy.

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