Bringing a new life into the world is a momentous, miraculous event; our Birthing Center staff believes every birth deserves special attention, respect, and celebration. We have designed our care to provide physical and emotional support through labor, delivery, recovery, and mother-baby care.
Otsego Memorial Hospital has served this community for generations, and welcomes hundreds of additions to the newest generation every year. For up-to-date care that is close to home, many choose OMH Birthing Center for this special experience.
Our Birthing Center delivers inpatient services for antepartum, laboring and post-partum care for adolescents and adults, as well as their newborn infants until the time of discharge. The staff works in collaboration with the obstetricians, pediatricians, and family practice physicians with admitting privileges, as well as other physicians for consultative care to provide the optimal patient experience.
Services include maternal and fetal external and internal monitoring, pre-and post-op surgical care and follow up, and general nursing care and education as appropriate to the individual patient. Antenatal outpatient Non-Stress Tests, labor observation, infant circumcision, and breastfeeding consultations also occur within the Center.
The nursery at the Center is a Level 1 nursery with the purpose of attending to the needs of the healthy infants and identify, stabilize, and transfer ill neonates. Maternal transfer occurs based upon evaluation of risk factors and physician recommendation.
Gayle Smith, RN, BSN
Birthing Center Director
About Our Staff
Our nurses are experienced in all aspects of family-centered maternity nursing. In addition to maintaining exceptional technical abilities, our experienced and skilled nurses and physicians are sensitive to the individual patient’s needs. Our goal is to make our families as comfortable as possible, meeting their medical needs and offering emotional and educational support. Our staff is here 24 hours/day to provide support, education and medical care. And when you return home, a home visit by a registered nurse is available at no charge, in cooperation with the District Health Department. Our Birthing Center gives strong support to breastfeeding mothers: we have an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. In addition to exceptional technical abilities, they are sensitive to the individual patient’s needs. Their goal is to make our patients as comfortable as possible, meeting their medical needs, and offering emotional and educational support.
At Otsego Memorial Hospital, your baby’s safety is a high priority for us. Our state-of-the art security system, the Hugs® Infant Protection System, is coordinated with a security band placed around your baby’s ankle. This painless band can only be removed by one of our nurses.
Here’s how it works: Every infant wears a small Hugs tag on the ankle that is automatically enrolled in the system the moment it is attached.
The facility has a designated “safe area,” usually the OB department, where babies are normally located. All exits from the safe area are protected by door monitors, and a network of receivers picks up messages from the tags.*
*Information provided by Stanley Healthcare Solutions.
Throughout your stay with us, we encourage you to ask questions and let us know what your needs are. Our low nurse-to-patient ratios enable us to provide more individualized care and personal attention. In a friendly, supportive, and nurturing atmosphere, we strive to provide the best possible beginning for your new family.
As you prepare for the birth experience, we encourage your to take our “Journey to Parenthood” classes. Taught by experienced registered nurses, these classes help you to prepare for your growing family. Childbirth Preparation classes cover breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, caring for the new baby, breastfeeding, postpartum care of the mother, Cesarean birth, testing done during third trimester, nutrition, labor and delivery, and a Birthing Center tour. Other “Journey to Parenthood” classes and services include:
Birthing Center Tours
Childbirth Preparation Classes
Breastfeeding Class – taught by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
Infant Care Class
“I’m the Big Kid, Now!” Sibling Preparation Class
Private Childbirth Preparation classes are available upon request
These classes compliment information you’ll receive from your healthcare provider during your prenatal visits. We recommend participation in childbirth preparation and breastfeeding classes. For more information, contact the Center’s nursing station. See Community Education for more information.
Our staff will work with patients to ensure privacy and respect during visiting times, and while guests are welcome in the Birthing Center, new mothers are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity for sleep and relaxation available during the hospital stay.