New Beginnings Family Birth Care

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At Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, we believe that birth is one of the most joyous and exciting times that a family will share. Our goal is to do all that we can to ensure that the birth experience reflects the needs and desires of every mother and family.

New Beginnings Family Birth Care offers innovative, state-of-the-art care in a comfortable, nurturing, family friendly environment. The New Beginnings model provides a unique birthing experience for each mother and her family. The center offers:

  • 14 labor/delivery/recovery rooms
  • 30 postpartum beds
  • 26-bassinet well-baby nursery
  • 28-bassinet Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • 2 Cesarean section delivery rooms
  • State-of-the-art antepartum diagnostic center

The experienced staff works to create a positive and supportive environment. Among the features of the Saint Francis birth experience:

  • Fathers or other support persons are invited to share in the labor experience
  • Unlimited visiting for partners
  • Sibling visiting in the postpartum rooms
  • Rooming in for newborns
  • Sibling classes to prepare siblings for baby's arrival
  • Childbirth education classes
  • Lactation consultant

For infants with medical problems, there is a special care nursery on site and access to the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit within the pavilion. The unit offers parenting rooms and feeding rooms where parents can visit with their infants.  

Birth care services are provided in The John M. Gibbons Pavilion for Women, located on the fourth floor of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Patient Care Tower. The pavilion is named in honor of John M. Gibbons Jr., M.D., for his leadership as director and chairman of Saint Francis Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology from 1970 to 1994 and in recognition of generous gifts from the department, the Gibbons family, and the Catherine and Frederick Peyser Trust.