Family Birth Center
Congratulations on your journey of becoming a parent. We at Saint Mary's value this very special time and want you to feel supported from now until post-delivery. As a patient of the Family Birth Center, we want to ensure your experience exceeds expectations. Use this booklet to learn more about the pregnancy and childbirth experience and how our providers help make your journey to parenthood memorable.
The Importance of Pre-Registration
To make the birthing process simpler, we recommend pre-registering. The process is easy and an appointment is not required. Simply visit our admitting desk at 235 W. Sixth Street during regular business hours to register. Please bring a photo ID, insurance card, anticipated due date and contact information of your pediatrician (if you have selected one) when you register.
When your delivery day arrives, all you need to do is go straight to Labor and Delivery on the second floor of the main hospital. Once on the floor, use the telephone to alert our staff that you have arrived and they will check you in to a room. No other registration is required at this time.
What to Expect When Delivering at Saint Mary's
Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in a woman's life and we are proud you have chosen Saint Mary's as your place of delivery. From the moment you walk in to the Labor and Delivery unit, you will feel at home. Our team of nurses will guide you through the process and ensure you are comfortable and supported during your labor experience. We also offer midwifery options so you can choose exactly how your delivery will go. After your new baby arrives, you will be assigned a post-partum room where our team of nurses, lactation consultants and your pediatrician will visit you throughout your stay. We understand there will be many new faces you will meet and encourage you and your family to ask questions by simply pressing your nurse call light. Our goal is to support the health and wellness of you and your new baby.
For the comfort and safety of our patients, we ask that you limit visitors to three at a time. We encourage visitors to come only during the hours of 9 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Additionally, when a visitor arrives to the unit they will be required to provide a password to receive entry into the Labor and Delivery rooms.
Patient Support Services
Each month, we offer several ongoing educational classes, forums and presentations on a variety of women's health topics. These presentations are designed to inform and educate women about the unique health issues they face. All women are welcome.
Please visit presentations and/or classes to register.
Saint Mary's Donor Milk Program
Babies who are in the TJ and Debbie Day NICU at Saint Mary's receive specialized care. In order to keep those babies growing and thriving, we provide a donor milk program for those who may not be able to receive milk from their mother. Your contribution can help.
What is the Donor Milk Program?
If you are a nursing mother that has a milk supply in excess of what your baby needs, you can help other babies and mothers who need it. Mothers of premature babies often can't produce the amount of milk needed. By donating your breast milk, you can provide potentially life-sustaining benefits to the babies fighting for their lives.
Our Donor Milk Program is operated by Prolacta Bioscience. Prolacta tests and processes all donated milk in order to supply premature babies with an exclusive 100% human milk diet. Donating milk is done in the privacy of your home. Once you are qualified as a donor, Prolacta provides breast milk storage bags as well as shipping coolers with pre-paid shipping labels. Every shipment they receive is cross-matched with that donor's DNA profile, screened for bacteria, and tested for drugs of abuse and other substances. It is then pasteurized, labeled with nutritional value and sold to our NICU
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the use of human milk for all preterm infants.
How Does the Donor Milk Program Help NICU Babies?
Breast milk helps all babies to grow healthy and strong.
- It supplies necessary nutrients in proper proportions
- It protects against allergies, sickness, and obesity
- It protects against diseases, like diabetes and cancer
- It protects against infections, including ear infections
- Is easily digested
How Do I Become a Donor?
Click here to learn more about our Donor Milk Program.