You’ve organized all the closets at home. You’ve folded those impossibly small clothes. And now it’s time to choose the best place to welcome your baby into the world.
When you have a baby at Lakeview Hospital, you’re choosing peace of mind, top medical care and a comfortable setting for your first days with your little one. At our birth center, you’ll find:
- Private birthing suites (including water birth)
- Multiple pain-management options
- Breastfeeding support services
- Expert neonatal services (24/7)
- Childbirth education classes
- Free on-site parking
We can accommodate vaginal and cesarean (C-section) deliveries, including vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). You’ll find special hydrotherapy tubs for laboring, as well as a water birthing suite for families planning on a water birth.
Some women choose a medication-free delivery. Others want to explore pain management options. At the Birth and Women’s Center, what’s important to you is important to us. We’ll help you understand your options and support your preferred birth plan.
We offer the following pain management options so you can choose what works best for you throughout labor and delivery:
- Nitrous oxide
- Other pain management medications
We also provide a variety of integrative therapies to help you relax and have a more comfortable experience. You can choose from complimentary services like:
- Massage therapy
- Music therapy
Having a water birth means planning to deliver your baby in a large birthing tub in your own private room. Many women find that water birth offers a gentle, empowering labor and birth experience. And studies show that laboring in warm water often reduces the length of labor and the need for medical interventions, like C-sections and episiotomies. The water helps women relax and cope better with contractions, reducing the need for pain medication.
Speak with your provider before requesting a water birth. Whether or not you’d like a water birth, you can always plan on laboring in the tub or shower.
The first few hours and days after the birth of your child are important for your healing, your baby’s health and your bond as a family. We want to help you feel confident in your new role as a parent. We’ll help you learn to care for yourself and your new baby as you get ready to go home. We also offer after-care services to give you continued support as you’re healing and adjusting to life at home with baby.
Our birth center has a Level II Special Care Nursery for newborns who need a little extra care. It’s staffed 24 hours a day by neonatal nurse practitioners who provide tender care and continuous high-tech monitoring.
Breastfeeding is natural, but it doesn’t always come naturally. We’re a designated Baby-Friendly facility, which means we've attained international standards in optimal care for helping moms and babies with successful breastfeeding.
In addition to our on-site lactation consultants, our nurses and nurse practitioners receive hours of hands-on training to support moms and babies who are navigating breastfeeding together.
It’s our goal to make sure you’re ready to breastfeed before you leave the birth center, and that you have continuing support as you adjust to life at home. That’s why our lactation consultants care for mothers during their hospital stay as well as afterward for follow-up care as needed.
Our Baby Café is a free drop-in service designed for moms and babies. You can talk with a lactation consultant, weigh your baby and get all of your breastfeeding questions answered in a relaxing environment among other new mothers. Each session is facilitated by a board-certified lactation consultant.
Baby Café is available every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lakeview Hospital. For more information, please call 651-430-5270.