There is no greater joy than preparing for and welcoming a new baby into the family. The Birth Place at CHI St. Alexius Health is dedicated to helping you prepare for the delivery experience as well as providing state-of-the-art care for you and your newborn when the big day arrives.
Prenatal classes such as Childbirth Preparation and Breastfeeding Basics get you off to a good start. The Lamaze class will teach you about the different phases of labor; breathing, relaxation and massage techniques designed to help you through each phase; medications that can be used during labor and how to care for yourself and your new baby after delivery. The breastfeeding class is for you and your support person to learn more about breastfeeding and its benefits for you and your baby.
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The Birth Place room at St. Alexius
Labor, Delivery and Recovery
The Labor & Delivery unit is a secure unit designed with your comfort and privacy in mind. Each birthing suite is spacious enough so your entire family may share in the joy and excitement of welcoming your new baby and is equipped with a relaxing whirlpool tub. You will receive one-on-one care from a highly skilled nurse prepared to handle your birthing experience with care and compassion.
Bonding with your baby is encouraged during the recovery period while you are still in Labor & Delivery. Friends and family are welcome to visit you and meet the new addition to your family. Once recovered; you and your baby will be moved to the Mom/Baby unit. While Brahm's Lullaby plays overhead announcing that a new baby has arrived, you and your family will be escorted to your spacious family-centered room on the Mom/Baby unit. Each room is individually locked to protect you and your baby throughout your stay.
Family and friends can share in your excitement by visiting our online nursery. Birth Place Babies is an online photo album in which you as the parent may wish to have a picture and the birth announcement of your newborn posted for others to see.
While every family hopes and dreams of a healthy pregnancy, labor and delivery, sometimes things take an unexpected turn. Take comfort in knowing that The Birth Place has a Level III NICU providing the area's most advanced neonatal care. An expert team of neonatologists, nurses, specialists and the region's only full-time pediatric cardiologist work together to provide your baby the specialized care he or she needs. Click to download information on keeping your baby safe.
Well Baby Clinic
And for after the birth of your baby, The Birth Place hosts a Well Baby Clinic every Wednesday from 12 to 2:30 p.m. The clinic is staffed by nurses from The Birth Place and a Certified Lactation Counselor. The nurses are available to weigh and measure your baby, discuss feedings and answer questions you may have. The Lactation Counselor is specially trained to offer breastfeeding consultations, support and advice. No appointment is needed and there is no charge for the clinic visit.
Baby & Me - Tobacco Free Program
This program is designed to help pregnant women quit using tobacco. Women are given vouchers for free diapers for up to one year after their baby is born – as long as they remain tobacco-free.