Family Birth Center Conveniently Located at UH Elyria
Expecting a baby is a joyful time that brings excitement and anticipation. At University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center’s Family Birth Center, our goal is to provide a memorable and fulfilling experience while welcoming a newborn. We understand that new parents have many questions, so our knowledgeable and caring staff are available to assist and offer answers whenever needed.
The journey to motherhood includes many decisions, from naming the baby to what color to paint the nursery. Choosing to deliver a baby at UH Elyria Medical Center’s Family Birth Center is a decision that will ensure that both mother and baby will receive the best birthing experience and care possible.
Maternity Care in a Comfortable Environment
Every maternity suite at UH Elyria Medical Center’s Family Birth Center is specifically designed to deliver efficient care. If a Cesarean delivery is necessary, two surgical suites are nearby with certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) on-call 24 hours a day. The birth center also includes a Level II nursery with specially trained nurses and physicians for babies who need special care.
In the Family Birth Center, patients experience the joy of childbirth – from labor and delivery to recovery and postpartum care – in one of our 18 spacious maternity suites. Each suite is decorated to look like home while continuing to provide the safety and technology of our award-winning hospital. Additional room features include:
- Guaranteed privacy – our maternity suites are all private rooms, and include a private bathroom
- Hydrotherapy in one of our six rooms equipped with specialty whirlpool tubs
- Dedicated area for the new baby to receive care and treatment following the delivery, without leaving the room
- Special accommodations for Dad or another family member to stay with the new mother for the entire length of her stay
Infant Care After Your Baby Arrives
New mothers are encouraged to keep babies with them in the room; however, the newborn nursery is also available. Keeping baby close provides the opportunity to practice infant care with assistance from a licensed nurse. Dad, or support persons, are also encouraged to get involved in the newborn's care. In addition, lactation consultants are available to assist with breastfeeding.
Recognized for Breastfeeding Services
The birth center at UH Elyria Medical Center has earned several distinctions for its emphasis on lactation support for mothers and babies. This includes being recognized as a Five-Star Hospital and a Maternity Care Best Practice Award "Bag-Free Facility" by First Steps for Health Babies, a breastfeeding initiative by the Ohio Hospital Association and the Ohio Department of Health. UH Elyria Medical Center is also an International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA)-recognized hospital for its dedicated lactation support program.
Baby Friendly Hospital
As a Baby Friendly USA-designated facility, UH Elyria Medical Center is committed to creating the best possible environment for helping mothers successfully breastfeed their babies. We also offer a variety of breastfeeding resources to help promote and support breastfeeding and mother/baby bonding.
A Secure Environment for a Growing Family
UH Elyria Medical Center is committed to infant security within the Family Birth Center. Through the use of a high-tech security system, obstetrics staff members will know where each baby is at all times. Special entrances with control doors prohibit non-authorized persons from entering the unit. Those permitted to enter must supply a special pin number and palm print identification. Visitors may enter through the main visitor lobby but may only be granted access into the unit by our personnel.