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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

From the NICU to Pink and Princesses

by System on May 28, 2019, 21:48 PM
“The doctor sat down with my husband and me and said, 'OK, here's what we know. You have gone into labor and you are now very high risk. In fact, you're so high risk you are not going home.’”

With that, Vickie Korsak, age 40 and 24 weeks pregnant, went directly to a bed in Hutzel Hospital’s. For two more weeks she fought off labor, with each hour buying time for her daughter’s survival. Today that child is five years old, hitting nearly all her development benchmarks and in love with pink and princesses.

Happenstance played no role in Vickie’s choice of a Wayne State Medical School doctor and the Detroit Medical Center. She knew that her “advanced maternal age” increased her risk.  She did her research, learning that the National Institutes of Health’s Perinatology Research Branch is housed at WSU.

“A lot of the perinatology research that is coming out is worked on right here in Detroit by the Wayne State doctors who make rounds at Hutzel,” she said. “How can you beat that? I was set up to deliver at Huron Valley Sinai, knowing that if I ever had an issue I could go to Hutzel. They have a level NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) but they also have a maternal-fetal ICU. So they don't just take care of critically ill babies they take care of critically ill moms-to-be.”

This advertising industry executive leaves nothing to chance. When she got married at age 36 and decided to have a child she left a large agency to start her own firm, for flexibility. She got pregnant right before the wedding then miscarried on her honeymoon.

“The obstetrician said, ‘these things happen,’” she said, “But I couldn’t take the status quo for an answer. Either I shouldn’t have gotten pregnant or I shouldn’t have miscarried.” WSU’s Dr. Elizabeth Puscheck, revealed that she had fibroids. She had surgery to remove them, miscarried again and decided to try Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). Seven months later she was pregnant.

“It was the most exciting thing that ever happened. It felt right. It felt like this one was going to stick and sure enough it did,” she said. But around the 24-week mark, Vickie was hammered with excruciating pain. A fibroid had grown back. She learned later that extreme pain is a form of trauma and trauma can cause a woman to go into labor, which is what happened to her. Almost coincidentally she was at Huron Valley at the time, where doctors stopped her labor then ordered her into bedrest at Hutzel.

“I had no problem,” she said. “Remember, I'm the one who researched this, just in case. I'm ready for this.” She expected and got “the big things:” world class care, technology and expertise.  But it was the little things that she never anticipated. Like the woman in the kitchen who would call if Vickie hadn’t ordered a meal in time or the woman who cleaned the room and shared photos of her grandchildren.

“They anticipated things I didn't know I needed and never would have thought of but made everything much more comfortable. It was much more homelike and warmer. It felt very familial while I was there.”

At 26 weeks and four days, Vickie’s daughter, Gianna, emerged and cried, then spent 9 weeks in the NICU.

“Hutzel has the highest level of nurseries, that are able to deal with the tiniest and sickest of babies. Then at the other end you have Children’s Hospital. So if there’s something surgical that needs to happen, it’s not a matter of hours that they’re transporting children, it’s a matter of minutes.

“These babies today are not the exception. My story is the norm. We send these babies home.”

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