Congratulations! We realize this is a very special time for you and we are excited that you are considering The Birthing Center at St. Mary's Healthcare - the best place to start your new family. At the Birthing Center you will find a caring, highly skilled staff and a restful environment, in our private rooms that are designed to look more like a home and less like a hospital with a family friendly, safe environment. For your comfort we also offer aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, birthing balls, peanut balls, mirrors, and a squat bar.
St. Mary’s continues their commitment to compassionate holistic care which follows an LDRP (labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum) and "Rooming In" model of care. When it is time to give birth, this approach makes it possible for every woman to be admitted to their own private room where they remain throughout their stay. Sleeping accommodations are available for fathers, too.
You can feel safe knowing that our Midwives, Doctors, and Nurses all work together to collaborate with you and follow your birth plan in order to give you an enjoyable birth experience, as well as following the most up-to-date and evidence-based research and recommendations.
"Delivering" the very best in Maternity Care!"
The "Beech-Nut café" is located in the newly renovated maternity unit - The Birthplace at St. Mary's Healthcare, Amsterdam. The café was designed as a comfortable quiet space for dads and labor support coaches to have a snack, and the new space provides a place of relaxation for labor support coaches so that loved ones can remain close to moms.
Beech-Nut made a $25,000 donation to St. Mary’s Healthcare for the construction of the “Beech-Nut Café” in the newly renovated Birthplace.
“We are deeply grateful to Beech-Nut for their collaborative partnership with St. Mary’s Healthcare and especially The Birthplace. Beech-Nut‘s commitment enables St. Mary’s to continue to bring the highest quality of health care to the Mohawk Valley, now and into the future. Without the ongoing support of Beech-Nut and other community minded businesses and individuals, it would be difficult to bring state-of-the-art care to our patients and person-centered care to the region,” said Al Turo, the Vice President of Planning and Development at St. Mary’s Healthcare.
As a hospital we are “Breastfeeding Friendly,” and on a journey to become a "Baby Friendly" facility to signify our commitment to the community’s health by establishing maternity care practices that support mothers and newborns in early successful breastfeeding.
Our Lactation Center is located on the 4th Floor in The Birthplace. This is a beautiful warm space open for use to all lactating mothers, and moms may use this room as needed.
Working mothers are welcome here and can use the room to express milk in privacy. Our lactation consultants are also available for appointments every Wednesday for any mother who may need special advice or counseling related to maintaining a milk supply while working, or with any needs, or questions related to infant/family nutrition.
Please stop by and visit us at St. Mary's Birth Place. We will be happy to provide a tour of our facilities.
Call (518) 841-7314 to schedule an appointment with one of our Lactation Consultants if needed.
Videotaping & PhotographySt.Mary's Hospital and its staff are delighted to be part of the birth of your baby. Because the birth of a baby is a special time many people are interested in taking pictures and videos. We want you to be aware of Maternity Services policies regarding photography.
Taking pictures during labor and deliveryYou may take pictures before and after the birth of your baby. It is a good idea to discuss ahead of time which pictures you would like taken and which ones you would not. Here are some helpful points for successfullu recording these events:
• Bring extra film, digital cards and batteries. • Cameras must be battery operated - electrical cords present a safety hazard. • You cannot use a tripod during labor and delivery. • Phone cameras must be turned off because their signals can interfere with medical monitoring equipment. • Please ask staff before including them in your photos if they do not wish to be in the picture. • Ask your support person to take only pictures you will want to have - nothing that will be embarrassing later. Are there times when we cannot take pictures?To protect your privacy and so that your family, doctors, nurses and nurse midwives can provide undivided attention to you and your infant during the birth process, no videotaping or photography is allowed during the immediate delivery or stabilization of the newborn. No cameras are allowed in the operating room or during medical procedures.
When is it a good time to take pictures?The birth of a new baby is a special time for a family, as lifelong memories are created. To capture these moments, photos and videos may be taken after delivery and following stabilization of mother and infant. If you have any questions please ask your nurse, doctor or nurse-midwife.
Maternity: Visiting GuidelinesOut of respect for the intimacy of the birth process the following guidelines have been developed to ensure that new Mothers and Fathers are provided with time to rest, recover and learn about becoming new parents following the birth of their child:
A waiting room is available by the elevators and on the first floor for overflow of visitors as needed - we cannot allow families to wait in the halls as this impedes our ability to provide confidential and safe care to our patients in labor.
Thank you for your help and understanding!
Child Birth EducationPrepare for labor and build confidence in yourself and your body! This class will provide you and your partner with resources that will enhance your ability to support oneanother.
Meetings are held in the auditorium of the Carondelet Pavilion. The fee is $60; however, no one is turned away. Most insurance companies will reimburse you, once certificate of completion is submitted.
To register please call Maternity at (518) 841-7314
Infant CPR Classes These are available for new parents and grandparents.
Lactation Support Services These are designed to build a mother's confidence and promote breastfeeding throughout the first year of life. They are available to all new mothers following delivery, and weekly individual appointments.
Call (518) 841-7314 to schedule a Wednesday appointment with one of our Lactation Consultants.
Sibling Preparation Classes A fun class for young children, which includes a visit to "Mommy's" Room at The Birthplace.
The Newborn Hotline Parents can utilize the newborn hotline anytime (518) 841-7315.
To schedule a tour of The Birth Place, to register for any class, or for more information, call today (518) 841-7314