About Our Unit
The only one of its kind in Syracuse, the Birth Place is the choice of low-risk families who want to have their baby in a comfortable, homelike setting. The Birth Place is the next best thing to being home for your special delivery. At your request, friends and family, including the baby’s siblings, are welcome to participate in this special event. You will labor and give birth in a comfortable queen-sized bed in one of our three private bedrooms.
With care provided by our team of attentive nurses, skilled physicians and certified nurse-midwives, we balance human touch with medical technology, giving you confidence in your ability to give birth. Our nurses will provide you with one-on-one continued support during your labor and birth.
While you are in a labor, you may take a warm bath in our whirlpool tub or shower in your own private bathroom. Other options include the use of music, birthing balls, birthing stools, low lighting and rocking chairs. You are free to wear your own clothes. Women and their families are provided the freedom to take a stroll or meet family in the waiting room if they desire. We encourage you to change positions and activities to facilitate the delivery of your baby. Our staff will help you to give birth with as few interventions and medications as possible. If any change does occur in your plan of care, we have access to all Labor and Delivery services next door. In addition, the Level III Intensive Care Nursery is always available.
Babies are placed skin to skin with mom at delivery and (as long as the baby is healthy) the routine newborn exam is delayed. This allows parents time to bond with their new baby. It also provides mothers who are breast-feeding the opportunity to give baby its first feeding.
Moms and babies stay together. All baby care and exams are done in your room. During your stay, our nurses will provide information on infant care, breast-feeding, parenting and care of yourself. All education is tailored to meet your needs; partners and family members are included as much as you would like. The Birth Place has lactation consultants on staff and the Breast-feeding Support Center is available seven days a week, and also after you are discharged.
Your partner or support person may spend the night with you. For you and your family’s comfort and convenience, the Birth Place has kitchen facilities and a lounge. Our room service menu is available from 6:45 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. with meal selections delivered to your room. We also have a stocked kitchen for snacks.
The day after you go home, a Birth Place registered nurse will call you to make sure you and your baby are doing well. If you live within 30 road miles of St. Joseph's, a Birth Place nurse will visit you at home within 48 hours of your discharge. Other arrangements are made for families living more than 30 road miles from the hospital.
Is The Birth Place Right for You?
If you think the Birth Place might be for you, discuss it with your physician or certified nurse-midwife. If you don't have a pregnancy care provider, we can send you a list of physicians and midwives who deliver at the Birth Place by calling 315-448-5515.
Once you have your physician's approval, call us at 315-448-5399 for information and an appointment.
Two orientation classes to the Birth Place are required:
one at around 28 weeks and a second at 36 weeks. The first visit includes a tour of our facility and time for you to ask our staff questions. During the second visit, we'll review your own special plan for your baby's birth. If the Birth Place is the place for you, call us at 315-448-5399 anytime.