Family Birthing Center

Family Birthing Center

Opening July 8, 2014

Beautiful Beginnings

Delivering your baby has never been so beautiful!  The Family Birthing Center at Community Hospital, Munster offers deluxe accommodations designed to pamper mothers-to-be throughout each unique stage of the birthing process.  Located in Community's newly-built Parkview Tower, three floors house the Center's Labor and Delivery unit, Neonatal Intensive Care unit, and Mother/Baby unit.

In addition to the modern conveniences and amenities of the Center, patients have the opportunity to purchase spa services such as a manicure or pedicure.  These services are offered by Community Hospital's Spa Pointe and Hair Studio, and can be performed in the comfort and privacy of the mom's room. Spa services may also be purchased as a gift for the new mom during her stay.

Labor & Delivery

A mother's stay begins on the 6th floor Labor and Delivery unit.  Whether it is a natural, Caesarian, or water birth, expectant mothers have peace of mind in their freedom to choose how their babies enter the world.  Our highly skilled expert staff will support mom every step of the way through the birthing process. To accommodate all types of births, the unit features:

  • 12 Labor & Delivery suites
  • 2 Caesarean section suites
  • A  hydrotherapy suite with a warm water immersion tub for labor or a water birth

These suites have been designed with our patients' privacy and comfort in mind, and include the most progressive amenities such as:

  • Custom designed private bathrooms
  • Private closets with built-in security safes
  • Adjustable delivery beds with controlled lumbar pillows
  • Walk-in showers with bench seats, relaxing lumbar jets, and wand effleurages
  • Convertible sofa-bed for guests

Wireless fetal monitoring allows our trained staff to keep a close watch on baby at all times, even when mom-to-be is walking in the unit or enjoying hydrotherapy options. All of the necessary birthing equipment is on hand in each labor, delivery and recovery room, but tucked out of sight until ready to use. 

Following birth, newborns sleep in warming baby beds next to mom, and are continuously monitored using state-of-the-art fetal telemetry technology.

Mother/Baby

After a period of recovery following delivery, moms are transferred to our Mother/Baby Care unit. This unit provides a safe, tranquil healing environment for mothers and their newborns to bond. Here, moms can put the labor process behind them, getting to know their babies and sharing their new joys with family and friends.  

The Mother/Baby Care unit consists of twenty-five private rooms, each designed with modern amenities and garnished with contemporary décor.  This creates a healing, peaceful ambiance that promotes family bonding. All suites include:

  • A sleeper-sofa bed for new fathers and families to stay overnight
  • A spa-like shower to help relax mom
  • Free Wi-Fi access for connecting with friends and family
  • A central fetal monitoring system for observing the health of baby

A beautifully decorated nursery with baby spa where baby's first bath is given sits adjacent to the nurses' station. Parents are encouraged to assist with the bath, and a photograph is taken to capture this special moment. Moms are encouraged to have their newborn stay in the room with them as much as desired. When Mom needs a break, our skilled nursing staff is waiting and ready to help care for baby. 

By the time of discharge, Mom and Dad are fully equipped, educated, and ready to spend time alone with baby.  New parents are provided education and services to prepare for the transition home, such as:

  • Lactation consultants available 7 days per week
  • Newborn education and infant CPR training
  • Complimentary  car seat for safe travels
  • Complimentary sleep sack to promote safe sleeping

At Community Hospital, parents and families can rest assured they are in a safe, secure environment at all times.  The Mother/Baby Care unit at the Family Birthing Center is protected by an advanced surveillance system and locked entry, and provides documentation of all individuals entering or leaving the unit.

Neonatal Intensive Care

Community Hospital delivers the most babies in the area each year, making the hospital the most experienced in the area and one of the leading facilities in the state for newborn care. At twice the capacity of its previous location, the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) offers the same superior quality care as ever before, but allows more room to nurture.  Community Hospital offers Northwest Indiana's only skilled team of nurses, respiratory therapists and board certified neonatologist who are in-house 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure proper treatment for high-risk newborns. Parents with babies admitted to NICU can trust that their little ones receive immediate specialized care, should the circumstance arise.

The unit houses 32 neonatal beds, and includes features that keep newborns healthy and safe.  In addition, the NICU features:

  • 2 Isolation rooms
  • 2 Parent overnight suites
  • State-of-the-Art incubator beds with environmental controls
  • An advanced security surveillance system
  • Private lactation rooms and support 7 days a week
  • Relaxing family lounge with nourishment
  • Locked entry

Less invasive medical interventions, such as high-flow nasal cannulas, are used for premature babies who have respiratory conditions and need help breathing.  These cannulas provide positive pressure to help premature babies breathe without having to keep them intubated as long. Specialty beds that have double walls to maintain humidity convert from a radiant warmer to an isolette, which is better for babies' skin and decreases their chances for infection.

When ready to transition home, parents and critical care infants will have accommodations in a private overnight stay room. This enables baby to stay with mom and dad overnight while being continually monitored by nursing staff. The specially-equipped room gives everyone a practice run before the family returns home.

Critical Care Transport

The hospital has a neonatal transport system to accept critically-ill or premature newborns needing advanced care from other area hospitals. The Critical Care Transport team is specially trained to monitor infant patients with intensive care needs. These newborns can be transported to Community Hospital for specialty care in the Level III neonatal intensive care unit, or to a children's hospital for subspecialty care or surgery if needed.

The Critical Care Transport Team members include a respiratory therapist, physician, nurse practitioner, a physician assistant and nurse trained in specialty care medicine. Members of the team on each transport are based on the individual patient's situation. The transport vehicle, a fully-equipped intensive care level ambulance, enables the team to provide non-stop monitoring and vital life support.

When a critically-ill baby is born and needs to be transported to a higher level of care than a regular or special care nursery, it can be a time-consuming process. This system allow staff to expedite the process by automatically accepting premature and critically-ill babies from the other area hospitals and bringing them to Community Hospital for advanced care, or transporting them to a children's hospital for subspecialty care or surgery in a more efficient manner.

Critical Care Transport Team

The Critical Care Transport Team is highly-trained to provide
vital life support to patients who need access to different
levels of treatment or additional services.

Birthing Center Tours

If you would like to schedule a free tour of the Family Birthing Center, please call 219-836-3477 or toll-free 866-836-3477 to register in advance.  We look forward to meeting you!

You can also send us an email (please be sure to include your name & phone number) and we will contact you to arrange a tour.