Otsego Memorial Hospital Birthing Center 

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. Our goal is to make our families as comfortable as possible, meeting their medical needs and offering emotional and educational support through labor, delivery, recovery, and mother-baby care.

The Best Beginning

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 individualized care and personal attention. We strive to provide the best possible beginning for your new family in a friendly, supportive, and nurturing atmosphere.

Level 1 Nursery

Our Birthing Center has a Level 1 nursery. The nursery is used to attend to the needs of healthy infants and identifies, stabilizes, and transfers infants who need a higher level of care. Maternal transfer occurs based upon evaluation of risk factors and physician recommendation.

Birthing Center Services

Birthing Center services include:

  • Breastfeeding consultations and support
  • General nursing care and education
  • Infant circumcision
  • Labor observation
  • Maternal and fetal external and internal monitoring
  • Outpatient non-stress tests
  • Pre- and post-op surgical care and follow up

Birthing Center Staff

Our staff works in collaboration with obstetricians, pediatricians, and family practice physicians, as well as other physicians for consultative care to provide the optimal patient experience.

Our nurses are experienced in all aspects of family-centered maternity nursing. In addition to maintaining exceptional technical abilities, our experienced nurses and physicians are sensitive to each individual patient’s needs.

Nursing staff is here 24 hours a day to provide support, education, and medical care. 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 on staff.

Infant Safety

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 Birthing Center, 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.

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. Our staff will work with patients to ensure privacy and respect during visiting times. 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.

Visiting Guidelines

  • Visiting hours are from 11 am to 8 pm to allow you time to rest and learn about caring for yourself and your baby.
  • The baby’s siblings are welcome to visit, but are not allowed to spend the night and must be in the company of a supervising adult.
  • 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.

Childbirth and Parenting Education

Parenting classes compliment information you’ll receive from your health care provider during your prenatal visits. We recommend participation in childbirth preparation and breastfeeding classes.

Journey to Parenthood Classes

As you prepare for the birth experience, we encourage you 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 include:

  • Birthing Center tour
  • Breathing exercises
  • Breastfeeding
  • Caring for the new baby
  • Cesarean birth
  • Labor and delivery
  • Nutrition
  • Postpartum care of the mother
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Testing done during third trimester

Private Childbirth Preparation classes are available upon request. 

Learn more about upcoming classes.

Online Childbirth Preparation Class

If you are interested in signing up for our Online Childbirth Preparation Class, please fill out a request form and we will follow up with you as soon as possible.

Sign Up for Online Childbirth Preparation Class