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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

Father's Day Twins Present Unique Challenge for NICU Staff

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

Caroline & Lucas arrived early on Father’s Day 2016, presenting complex challenges to their medical team. Today, they are home -- happy, healthy and loving life!

Preemie FamilyOn June 15, 2014, (Happy Fathers Day!) nearly two months early and after a challenging pregnancy, including bed rest at 19 weeks, numerous hospital stays, and lots of doctor visits, our beautiful twins came into the world. I was already admitted at Hutzel 3 days prior as my water had broken with Caroline, not Lucas, so we had hoped and prayed to keep these babies in as long as we could.  But, on Fathers Day 2014 these babies were ready!

First came Caroline at 9:15 a.m. and she was very quickly whisked away by the Hutzel NICU team to be cared for. Then came Lucas, at 9:16 a.m. Harley, my husband, was able to hold him for just a brief moment, and I was able to hear him cry, before he was also taken to the Hutzel NICU.  She weighed three pounds, 11 ounces and he was three pounds, seven ounces, a good size in the preemie world and especially with twins.

Lucas Caroline
 Lucas  Caroline

The weeks ahead would prove to test our endurance, strength and our faith as these two little miracles fought for their lives, with the help of the dedicated nurses and doctors of the Hutzel Women's Hospital and Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) --those who had done so much to care for the twins during that precious time, those who let us hold our little ones for the very first time, cords, monitors, tubes and all. Being able to hold the babies so closely and bond with them when they needed us most meant so much.

At barely 3 days old, Caroline developed a spot on her tiny ankle and needed to be followed by a Pediatric Plastic Surgeon at Children's. PANDA ONE arrived to take her to CHM. It was overwhelming. I remember this group of people swooping into my hospital room, with our tiny baby girl in a huge transportable isolette, to take her to CHM NICU. They explained everything, and could not have been more compassionate and empathetic.  We were grateful that it was only a short tunnel walk from Hutzel to CHM to see her. 

After only a couple of days at CHM, came the hardest part in this journey when at five days old, Caroline stopped breathing - she coded.  They were able to get her breathing again, but she was intubated and would have tiny bruises from the chest compressions done to save her life. Thank you with all of my heart to those doctors and nurses at the CHM NICU where she spent two weeks being cared for. She made progress every day until she was transported by PANDA ONE back to Hutzel to join her brother, this time in the space right next to him in the Hutzel Special Care Nursery. It was fantastic that not only were they together, but they had graduated to the Special Care Nursery from the NICU!

They continued to grow and thrive, with slight setbacks along the way, but they were getting stronger every day.

Twins at home
 Caroline and Lucas come home.

Lucas had trouble breathing on his own; weaning off the oxygen was like one step forward, 2 steps back.  On July 18, at five weeks old, Lucas was able to come home with us. It was bittersweet to leave our little girl behind as we took this next step with our new family. We knew it would not be long before she would come home with us too. She had proven time and again in her short life that she was a fighter! With heart rate dips delaying her discharge, on July 28th, Caroline joined her brother at home. It's been onward and upward every day since.

Today, nearly three years later, you would never know the struggles these happy toddlers endured in their first weeks of life.

The Twins Today 
 Lucas and Caroline today.

Caroline loves Disney princesses and wearing her girly dresses! She loves singing, dancing, painting and playing in her clubhouse!  Lucas is into building things with Legos, splashing in puddles, riding his bike and climbing everything!  Both loving life!

This was anything but an ordinary pregnancy and I know we would not be here today if not for the dedicated folks at Hutzel, Children's and Sinai-Grace.

Starting with my OB, Dr. Cristina Alfieri, who guided us on this journey from my very first appointment with her almost 5 years ago. THANK YOU. And Dr. Karoline Puder, high-risk specialist at SGH and Hutzel, who also helped us during a difficult time on this journey, THANK YOU.

We are so blessed and thankful every single day as we watch our kiddos continue to grow into the beautiful little people they're becoming.

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