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Birthing Center

845.794.3300 , Extension 2372

The Birthing Center at Catskill Regional Medical Center is a patient-centered, warm and welcoming environment dedicated to enhancing the joy of childbirth. Within the confines of a modern, state-of-the art facility, the obstetrical team strives to provide mothers-to-be and new mothers with both home-like comfort and the latest monitoring technology.

While they put safety and security first, the highly qualified professional Registered Nurses who staff the Birthing Center respect each patient's individual philosophy toward childbirth. Whether or not a patient has requested pain control, an epidural, a whirlpool tub or freedom to walk around during labor, the nurses expertly implement the delivery options that the patient has agreed upon with her doctor. The high level of nursing expertise and understand comes from both experience and training. Many of our nurses have advanced certifications, including midwife training, and have an average of more than 20 years of experience.

During labor, mother and baby are constantly monitored from the nursing station so that any concerns can be quickly addressed. One positive result is that the rate of cesarean sections in the Birthing Center is significantly below the national average, in keeping with the goals of the World Health Organization. However, if a higher than usual level of care is needed, an operating room is nearby.

After the first hour of delivery, new mothers rest, recover and get to know their newborn in one of our seven post-partum rooms. The staff encourages mothers to stay with their babies around the clock for the duration of their hospital stay. Breastfeeding counselors are available, and staff members help new mothers to get successfully started on a feeding routine.

All rooms at the Birthing Center are private, with amenities for both comfort and safety:

• Central fetal monitoring

• Private bathrooms with showers

• Sleeper sofa for significant others

• Table and chairs

• Rocking chair

• Attractive decor and pleasant artwork

• Televisions with VCR/DVD players

Our obstetrics professionals encourage family members to share the occasion, and their warm hospitality makes visitors feel welcome. The comfortable waiting room is equipped with televisions, DVD players, telephones and Wifi.

When new mothers are ready to go home, our case managers are ready to share their knowledge about community resources and discharge planning services. They can help with referrals to community agencies to assist parents who need additional information, guidance, home aides or financial aid. Depending on the family's circumstances, they may recommend agencies such as Public Health Nursing, Healthy Families, Women, Infants & Children (WIC) or the Department of Family Services. The CRMC Case Management Department can be reached at 845.794.3300 ext. 2130.

Make an appointment today with one of our affiliated health care providers to begin planning for one of life's most amazing experiences.

Childbirth Classes for Expectant Parents

Two months before the due date is a good time for expectant parents to enroll in the childbirth classes offered by Maternal Infant Services Network of Sullivan, Ulster and Orange counties. Classes are scheduled at several locations around the region, including Catskill Regional Medical Center. A donation of $25 per couple is appreciated but not required. These popular classes fill quickly, so advance registration is recommended. For dates and locations of classes, call Stephanie Sosnowski at 845-928-7448 ext. 301 or email ssosnowski@misn-ny.org.

Our staff members are available to counsel you as you plan to have your child and after you go home with your new baby. If you would like to learn more about the many services available at CRMC's Birthing Center, schedule a tour or get answers to specific questions, call our 24-hour telephone answer line at 845.794.3300, ext. 2372.


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