For Very Special Deliveries
At Southwest General Hospital, we’ve been bringing new life into the world for more than 15 years at The BirthPlace. This year, nearly 2050 babies will be born at our hospital.
To better meet the needs of our expectant mothers and their babies, The Birthplace recently went through a major expansion and renovation. The expansion added six labor, delivery and recovery (LDR) suites, increasing the capacity to 17 rooms. In addition, 14 postpartum suites were constructed, bringing capacity from 20 rooms to 34 rooms. The Level III Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit increased from a 10 bed unit to a 24 bed unit utilizing the entire second floor of The BirthPlace. The project has added approximately 26,920 square feet to The BirthPlace, improving our ability to provide excellent maternity care to all expecting mothers.
There’s a reason that so many families choose us for their maternity care. It’s because we view each new life as a miracle to celebrate, and our experienced team of doctors, nurses and other professionals are dedicated to helping your baby get the best possible start.
Labor, Delivery and Recovery
For the birth of your baby, we’ve prepared a private, spacious, Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) suite. With an adjustable bed, and reclining sleeper for your significant other, our suites are designed to increase your comfort during labor. Each suite is also fully equipped to help ensure a safe delivery and outstanding medical care for the first hours of your baby’s life.
If you require a Cesarean section, we also have surgical suites dedicated to women’s services, so you will be able to deliver your baby in an operating room located right in our maternity unit.
After your baby is born, you have had time to recover, and we know that your baby is doing well, you will move to another private room in The BirthPlace. Nurses in the postpartum unit provide couplet care, where the same nurse takes care of both you and your new baby.
We encourage mothers to keep their new babies in their rooms as much as possible. Rooming in gives families time to bond and helps new parents learn how to care for their infant with the professional assistance of our nursing staff.
Our Level III NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) provides a higher level of care for babies who are sick or who need special medical treatment. Our nurseries are staffed with experienced nurses who have advanced training in the care of newborns.
We offer lactation assistance for mothers who choose to breastfeed. All our nurses are trained in lactation and can help you learn the best techniques for feeding your baby and how to be sure your baby is getting enough milk.
We know you will want friends and loved ones to share in your joy when you welcome your new baby to the world. We maintain a family-centered approach and offer flexible visiting hours and comfortable waiting areas for your guests.
Our comprehensive infant security plan is designed to protect our tiniest patients and to help ensure they stay safe in the hospital.
In addition to other security measures, we use a high-tech electronic surveillance system to keep track of each baby. After birth, we place a small monitoring band around your baby’s ankle, where it remains until you take the baby home. The band, which is completely safe, transmits an electronic signal to a nursing station and alerts nurses if a baby ever moves too close to a maternity unit exit.
We Can Help. If you’re struggling with gestational diabetes, our diabetes care team is here to help. Our free hour-and-a-half-long gestational diabetes management class teaches you how to manage your diet and enjoy a healthy pregnancy. Classes are taught right here in the BirthPlace. Find out more about topics covered and how to sign up.