Welcome to the Hutzel Women’s Hospital Birthing Center
Having a baby is an exciting and special time for you and your family. Our team at DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital Birthing Center combines nationally recognized obstetric care with luxurious comfort and advanced technology. In fact, DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital has been ranked multiple times by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best obstetrics and gynecology hospitals. Hutzel is also home to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Perinatology Research Branch, and in partnership with Wayne State University, is one of the top teaching and research hospitals in Michigan.
Our OB specialists and labor and delivery staff at the Birthing Center are ready to serve you with warmth and understanding, as well as expertise, technical skill and clinical judgment that are vital to a positive delivery experience.
Plus, DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital specializes in normal and high-risk care of moms and babies and offers Michigan’s only intensive care unit for pregnant women. Our partnership with DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan also offers peace of mind in that the most advanced critical care services are readily available for infants born with special health needs just minutes away from our Birthing Center.
Our comprehensive labor and delivery services also include:
Private, spacious post-partum rooms
Showers in LDR rooms for added comfort during labor
Mother / Baby Unit – for moms and babies to share a private room
Comfortable sleeping accommodations for birthing partners
A birthing tub for water labor and/or water birthing
A photographer is available to take professional photographs of your baby
Nurses with advanced training and certification in breastfeeding support, fetal monitoring, obstetrics and neonatal care
Advanced surgical suites designed for C-sections
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for babies born prematurely or who require more advanced medical attention
Special Care Nursery for babies that require closer monitoring
Maternal Special Care unit – Michigan’s only intensive care unit for pregnant women
Tours, Classes and Events for expectant parents
When you deliver your baby at Hutzel, a special class is offered every morning where you will learn important information to care for yourself and your baby when you first return home
High-Risk Pregnancy / perinatal care—At Hutzel Women’s Hospital, our team of maternal and fetal medicine experts specialize in high risk deliveries, providing pre and post natal and advanced neonatal care through our relationship with the NICU at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, located just steps away from the Hutzel Birthing Center.
Partnership with DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s 500 pediatric specialists and the most advanced critical care for babies born with congenital or special health needs
Labor and Delivery Options
Every expecting mother wants to have a unique birthing experience that meets her needs. Hutzel Women’s Hospital is pleased to offer a variety of alternatives to to a “normal” hospital birth:
Water Laboring – Warm water helps muscles relax during labor, which sometimes minimizes pain and often speeds the labor process.
Showers During Labor – Depending on your preferences and 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 – 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.
Music Therapy – Patients may choose to bring and play soft music during their labor. Music has been shown to reduce anxiety and pain, and is soothing to many women during labor.
Please discuss labor and delivery options with your physician or healthcare provider.
Tours & Classes at DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital
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 the Harper-Hutzel Women's Hospital Lobby. Registration is NOT required.
Evening tours are available on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. from the Harper-Hutzel Women's Hospital Lobby.
All tours depart from the main lobby of DMC Harper-Hutzel Hospitals. Complimentary self-parking for birthing center tour participants is available in the adjacent structure (tickets will be provided to you when you attend the 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.
To schedule a tour, please fill out the form on the page.
Please Note: Due to temporary flu season restrictions, there will be no visitors under the age of 12 allowed on the birthing center tours. Thank you for helping keep our families, visitors and staff healthy!
Birthing, Breastfeeding and Baby Care Classes at Hutzel Women’s Hospital
Whether you’re expectant parents for the first time or the fifth, we offer multiple Family Life Education classes to help you prepare for life with a baby. We believe the birth experience is shared by the entire family.
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