The Birthing Centers at DMC Women and Infant Services combine nationally recognized obstetric care and advanced technology with luxurious comfort and compassionate, personalized care. With multiple locations to choose from, there’s no better place to have your baby.
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Also available at the DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital Birthing Center:
- Michigan’s only intensive care unit for pregnant women
- A birthing tub for water labor and/or water birthing
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
What to Expect
Here’s what you can expect when you arrive:
- Arrive at the Hospital Lobby — our lobby is open 24 hours a day to receive women in labor or pregnant women who are having problems. Please have your support person drop you off at our front lobby door. You will be asked to sign in and you will receive a pass for the Labor Reception Center (LRC). If you are feeling comfortable, you may wait while your support person parks the car. If not, we will escort you by wheelchair to the LRC and will give your support person directions to join you when they arrive in the building after parking.
- Labor Reception Center (LRC) — this is our “triage” area. You will be put on a monitor to check your contractions and may also have a vaginal exam and ultrasound, usually by one of our doctors or midwives. At this time you may have other procedures done based on what is happening with you or your baby and we will call your doctor to inform him/her of your status. Your doctor will let us know if you should be admitted.
Please note that during your time in the LRC, your support person will be asked to step out of the room and wait in a special waiting area. As soon as we can, we will call them to join you. Please remember that this is a triage area only, not a delivery area; your support person will not be missing out on your delivery.
- Depending on your pregnancy and delivery preferences, we offer multiple options for your Labor, Deliver, Recovery rooms:
Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Post-Partum (LDRP) — the LDRP is for our low-risk, vaginal deliveries. If you would like to deliver on this unit, you must let your doctor or midwife know of your plan to deliver here and you must be receiving prenatal care during your pregnancy. There are seven of these rooms available, including a labor/birthing tub. You will enter a room on this unit in labor and you and your baby will go home 36 to 48 hours after you have had your baby. There is no need for you to leave your room while you are on this unit, assuming everything goes as expected, and it is often the same nurse that cares for you in labor who will care for you and your baby the next day.
- Labor, Delivery, Recovery (LDR) — both high- and low-risk babies are delivered on this unit. Approximately two to three hours after you deliver your baby on this unit, we will transfer you, your baby and your support person downstairs to one of our Mother/Baby Units where you will spend the rest of your stay recovering and bonding with your baby.
- Mother/Baby Unit — we have two 20-bed Mother/Baby Units in which you and your baby share a private room and bathroom. Each room is equipped with a sleep chair for your support person. You will be able to call and order your meals from a menu that will be provided to you, and have the opportunity to have professional photographs taken of your baby. A discharge class is offered every morning at 10 a.m., where you will learn important information to care for yourself and your baby when you first return home.
Other things to consider:
- Support Person — Following delivery, you will be asked to identify one person as your “support person.” This person will have 24-hour visitation privileges for both you and your baby while you are hospitalized. He/she will be given a green identification bracelet to wear that matches yours and your baby’s – your support person needs to keep this bracelet on for the duration of your hospitalization. The support person may also stay overnight as long as he/she is over 18 years of age.
- Three family members or guests are allowed in the room with you during labor and delivery; shortly after delivery you will be able to invite other family members or guests into the room.
Labor and Delivery Options
DMC Women and Infant Services offers the following alternatives to a “normal” hospital birth:
- Water Laboring/Birthing – DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital is one of the only hospitals in Michigan that offers both water labor and water birthing options. Depending on your pregnancy, you may choose to labor in the tub and have a traditional delivery on a bed, or labor and deliver entirely in the tub.
- Showers During Labor – Depending on your pregnancy, you may choose to shower during labor. Showers are available in each of our private LDR rooms. Showering during labor can help you relax, minimize labor pains, reduce discomfort from contractions, and often helps women progress toward delivery.
- Birthing Ball – Depending on your pregnancy, you may choose to use a birthing ball during labor. A birthing ball is a large exercise or physical therapy ball that can help women get into positions that may alleviate discomfort, help position the baby for delivery, prevent back strain, and encourage the progression of labor.
Please discuss these delivery options with your physician or healthcare provider. Note that water laboring and birthing are generally only offered by Certified Nurse Midwives at DMC Hutzel Hospital.
Harris Birthing Center
Every mother deserves skilled, knowledgeable treatment, delivered in a beautiful environment that combines sublime comfort with state-of-the art capabilities. One area hospital lives up to that high standard: DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital. The Merle and Shirley Harris Birthing Center at DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital has earned a reputation as one of the area’s best obstetrics programs. Widely regarded for our highly trained staff and our extensive capabilities, we’re also favored by mothers for our decidedly personal approach.
Tours & Classes
Free tours of The Birthing Center are available at the following times:
- Daytime Tours are available the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month at 11:30 a.m. from Hutzel Women's Hospital Lobby. Registration is NOT required.
- Evening tours are available the 3rd Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. from Hutzel Women's Hospital Lobby. Registration is NOT required.
All tours depart from the main lobby of DMC Harper-Hutzel Hospitals. Parking is available in the parking structure at a minimal cost. For any tour, please come to the main lobby and let the front desk know that you are there for a tour. Please sign in and get a pass. Plan to arrive a few minutes early and expect the tour to last around an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the size of the group.
Learn about our birthing, breastfeeding & baby care classes