Wesley’s BirthCare Center is a freestanding facility especially designed for women who are expecting a low-risk birth. It is located just north of the main Wesley building, on the north side of Murdock.
The BirthCare Center has 20 birthing suites. Labor, deliver, recovery, and the subsequent stay all take place in the same comfortable room where mother and baby stay together. To make the suites more like home, each includes a family room and private bathroom in addition to the mother’s room. The center has two kitchen areas and a playroom for young brothers and sisters. Tours of the BirthCare Center are available.
Guidelines for choosing the BirthCare Center
The BirthCare Center is an appropriate choice for you if:
- Your pregnancy is uncomplicated and labor is not premature, and
- You have had regular obstetric care, and
- You have chosen a physician for you and your baby.
- Other risk factors may prevent you from delivering at the BirthCare Center. Please discuss these with your doctor.
Women admitted to the BirthCare Center must be in active labor or their water must have broken (amniotic fluid must be leaking). Sometimes it is difficult to decide when to come to the hospital. If you think you may be in labor, call your doctor or come to the BirthCare Center. If you are not in active labor you may return home, where you will be more comfortable.
If complications develop while you are at the BirthCare Center, your doctor will decide whether to perform the delivery at the BirthCare Center, where emergency cesarean section rooms are available, or transfer you to the Wesley Women’s Hospital, which is connected to the BirthCare Center by an underground walkway.
If you plan to give birth at the BirthCare Center, park on the west side of the center. Leave your suitcase and purse in your car trunk until after the birth. If you need help quickly, park at the main entrance of the center and go directly inside.