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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. 

Learn more about our birthing, breastfeeding & baby care classes.

Hutzel's Hospital Birthing Center Stories

Mom Thanks Hospital Staff Saving her Son's Life

by System on Jun 6, 2019, 21:39 PM

“He's not crying but nobody's telling me anything. There`s all this commotion and everybody's moving around in the room. The doctor tells everybody in the room to be quiet and hush. I still hadn’t heard him cry.”

At 28 weeks of pregnancy, Charlene Pettway had just given birth to baby Braylen, who weighed two pounds, two ounces. He was breathing but perilously premature. He would spend three months in the Hutzel Hospital neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and the special care nursery before coming home to grow into the active, healthy two-year-old he is today. Charlene credits the dedicated, skilled hospital staff with his survival.

“It was already a humbling experience to leave your baby in the care of people that are not family, that you don't know and you have to trust them as far as your child is concerned,” she said. “It was like he had a floor full of aunties who were able to look after him.”

At age 35, Charlene and her husband weren’t even trying for a baby. One evening she felt queasy while dining out with her mother who said, “Maybe you’re pregnant.”

Skeptical, Charlene stopped at the drugstore and bought a pregnancy test kit. “Yeah, right,” she said when she saw the results, then went out and bought six more kits. The results didn’t change. She called her husband at work and said, “We’re pregnant.”

“With a baby?” he asked.

Charlene says she was “bumping along” uneventfully with her pregnancy. Her age categorized her as being at risk but there were no signs of difficulty in her pregnancy until, at 26 and a half weeks, her water broke. Her sister rushed her to the hospital (“It’s usually a 15-minute ride. It took us five.”) There doctors said she’d give birth in the next day or two and painted a grim picture for her.

 “They said the baby could have spina bifida, that he might be blind, that he wouldn’t be able to walk; he wouldn’t be communicative. They were telling me all the bad things that could happen,” Charlene said.

“So I’m crying, my mom’s crying because I’m going to have this baby within the next 24 to 48 hours and he’s too little to survive outside the womb.”

Doctors put Charlene in a hospital bed and managed to delay Braylen’s birth by 10 days. She was celebrating her birthday with family members when a nurse, during a routine check on her condition said, “Charlene, I can’t find Braylen’s heartbeat.” They quickly moved Charlene from the maternity floor to the delivery room. Little Braylen arrived soon thereafter.

“The nurse brought him over and – I’ll never forget this – he’s wrapped in plastic. And I looked up and said, ‘Hi, Braylen, it’s mommy,’ and he opened his eyes.”

Over the next three months, a loving hospital family nurtured Braylen.

“The NICU and the special care nurses are phenomenal women,” Charlene said. They are the best I've ever seen in my life. They made me part of the process. They let me do things like take his temperature, weigh his poop, feed him and all the things I thought I was not going to be able to do.”

The nurses arranged a special exit when Braylen was ready to go home.

“I didn't get the experience to be wheeled out of the hospital with the carrier in my lap with my baby,” Charlene said. “But the nurses did it for me. They let me sit in a wheelchair. They put the carrier in my lap and they wheeled us out and they clapped as we were leaving. I knew what the other moms felt like when they took their babies home.”

Braylen was a happy surprise for his parents, but he wasn’t the last one. Charlene is pregnant again, this time with a girl.

“She caught us completely by surprise,” Charlene said. Based on doctor’s analysis of Braylen’s circumstances, they have Charlene taking progesterone and weekly intravenous iron infusions. At 33 weeks, she anticipates a normal gestation for little Baileigh Rose.

“This baby has been a cake walk compared to the last one,” she said.

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