Grayling Hospital Maternal and Newborn Center

Mom and newborn babyEach year, about 350 babies are born in Grayling Hospital’s Maternal and Newborn Center. For that reason, a new mother and her baby are often the only patients assigned to a nurse. Mom and baby benefit from the nurse’s full attention, allowing plenty of time for questions to be answered and parenting tips to be shared from experienced staff who have helped welcome thousands of babies into the world.

Personalized care and a “birth your way” model allows you to design the birth experience you want, including assistance from on-site midwives. Our medical team believes birth is a natural process and allows time for that process to occur. Medical staff is always available and fully equipped to intervene if complications arise.  

Maternal and Newborn Center Staff

Our Maternal and Newborn Center staff keeps current with the most up-to-date care for moms and babies. Our obstetricians, family practice physicians, and pediatricians will guide you in planning the labor and delivery of your baby. Our nursing staff and obstetricians are certified in perinatal continuing education and neonatal resuscitation.

Safe Infant Monitoring

New parents are encouraged to have skin-to-skin contact for the first two hours after birth. After that, state-of-the-art GE Panda Warmers are available for use, giving infants a safe place to be monitored during the first critical hours of life as they adjust to breathing on their own. The warmers regulate the baby’s body temperature, monitor blood oxygen levels, and help staff monitor and screen infants for any heart or respiratory complications.

Quiet, Peaceful Surroundings

Private patient rooms on the hospital’s second floor overlook the scenic AuSable River, giving laboring and new mothers a serene, peaceful place to bond with their baby.

Family-Centered Care

Safety for mom and baby always comes first, but our family-centered care philosophy provides for family members to be involved in labor, delivery, and visiting as much as the mother wishes.

Visiting Guidelines

Visits from family members and special friends can be a meaningful part of your experience.

  • Visiting hours are from 9 am to 8:30 pm to allow you time to rest and learn about caring for yourself and your baby.
  • The baby’s siblings are welcome, but other children under age 12 should not visit.  
  • No one should visit if they have any symptoms of a cold, flu, or other illness.
  • All visitors must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before holding the baby.
  • A maximum of four support people will be allowed to accompany the mother during labor and delivery, including the baby’s father.

Childbirth Education at Grayling Hospital

Expectant parents can prepare for the birth of their child during "Giving Birth in the 21st Century." You will learn relaxation and breathing techniques, preparation for labor and delivery, exercises, and what to expect when you come to the hospital. A tour of the Maternal and Newborn Center is included. A pre-delivery visit will be scheduled when you reach between 36-37 weeks. This will include forms and paperwork that need to be signed, another tour, if desired, and a time to ask questions.

Register online for any of the childbirth education classes or call 989-348-0415.

Anesthesia Options for Labor and Delivery

To learn about your options, please download our guide: Anesthesia and You (pdf).

If you have any questions about your anesthesia options, please talk to your doctor. You may also contact the office of Grayling Anesthesia Associates at 989-344-5645.