Pregnancy, Childbirth & Postpartum Care
From infertility care to genetic counseling, prenatal testing to expert management of high-risk pregnancies, we offer comprehensive, warmly personal prenatal care. Our infertility and reproductive endocrinology specialists achieve pregnancy rates in the nation’s top one percent.
Genetic Counseling & Prenatal Testing
Our Antenatal Diagnostic Center offers genetic counseling services and ultrasound tests.
Our Norwalk Hospital Antenatal Counseling Center provides personalized and compassionate care, focused on the health and well-being of both you and your unborn baby. Accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), we offer the full range of prenatal testing, diagnostic and genetic counseling services, including:
- Diagnostic services to test for Down syndrome, trisomy 18 and trisomy 13, as well as other genetic disorders
- Ultrasound services throughout pregnancy to help manage any medical or obstetrical complication of pregnancy
- Genetic counseling
- Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists available to provide consultation regarding any complication of pregnancy
- Fetal echocardiography services
- Amniocentesis and CVS
Our genetics counselors, all masters’-level and board-certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling, provide information about hereditary diseases and birth defects, to families, individuals and prospective parents. Genetic counseling includes a comprehensive review of your medical, family and/or pregnancy history and an evaluation of your risk factors. Genetic testing options and the risks and benefits associated with testing are explained in detail.
Registration for Hospital Stay
Expectant mothers who plan to have their babies at Norwalk Hospital are asked to register between the 20th and 24th week of pregnancy by calling Patient Registration at 203-852-2077, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Have your insurance information available as well as insurance pre-certification number, if required.
Support During Your Pregnancy
The Childbirth Center offers varied programs to respond to the educational needs of expectant and new mothers, fathers, grandparents, children and siblings—before, during and after admission to our hospital. For more information, call 800-399-PATH or 203-459-4687.
- Tour of the Childbirth Center for Expectant Parents
This tour consists of the Labor and Delivery Room, Postpartum Unit, and Nursery, and is conducted by our nursing staff.
Free/no charge. Registration required. Call 1-866-NHB-WELL.
- Prepared Childbirth Class
This educational series, led by certified childbirth educators, is designed for expectant couples. Content includes Lamaze-style breathing, relaxation techniques, stages of labor and delivery, and a tour of Norwalk Hospital’s Childbirth Center.
Please register in advance.
Schedule: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $175. Registration required. Call 1-866-NHB-WELL.
- Refresher Childbirth Class
Instructed by a certified childbirth educator, this class provides an update and review for expectant couples anticipating the birth of their second or third child. Content includes:
- Lamaze-style breathing
- Relaxation techniques
- Stages of labor and delivery
- Newborn care
- A tour of Norwalk Hospital’s Childbirth Center
This class also provides information for parents seeking to have a vaginal birth after a cesarean section.
Schedule: Offered on a weeknight, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Meet in the Main
Lobby. Fee: $40. Registration required. For schedule, please call 1-866-NHB-WELL.
- Breastfeeding Class (Due to COVID-19, this class will be held virtually.)
This 2-hour class, taught by a RN certified lactation consultant, is offered to all expectant mothers, fathers and grandparents and includes:
- Normal process of breastfeeding
- Parental adjustment
- Normal newborn cues and reactions
At Norwalk Hospital, we know that every birth is special! Though equipped with advanced technology, our Childbirth Center is designed to provide a lovely, homelike environment for the finest birthing experience in Fairfield County. From our tasteful accommodations to extra personal care from expert obstetricians and other birthing professionals, we know how to pamper mothers and their new babies.
Our expert labor and delivery staff provides warm and nurturing care in an environment designed to help you safely welcome your baby into the world. Norwalk Hospital provides a full-time OB-GYN Hospitalist program staffed by board-certified OB-GYNs who are in the hospital 24/7, 365 days/year, and available to assist your own OB-GYN whenever they are not immediately available in the hospital.
Labor and Delivery
Our seven private birthing rooms are comfortable and homelike; they are also equipped with advanced obstetrical equipment and monitoring systems to ensure a safe delivery. Our caesarian delivery suites are located just down the hall.
We consider every birth to be special! We celebrate the arrival of each newborn by playing Brahms Lullaby chimes over our public announcement system, thanks to the generosity of the Babies Alumni and Volunteer Services.
Afterward, you’ll enjoy in-suite amenities, including beautiful single rooms with private baths and showers, massage therapy for infants and mothers, wireless internet access and flat-screen televisions.
Registration for Hospital Stay
- Please pre-register for childbirth before you reach the 30 week mark in your pregnancy.
Have your insurance information available as well as insurance pre-certification number, if required.
At Norwalk Hospital’s Jeffrey Peter Bauer Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) we’re proud to offer exceptional intensive care for newborns that is attentive, personalized, warm and caring. This Level III neonatal intensive care unit is staffed by an experienced team of neonatologists and NICU nurses 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
All of our neonatologists—physicians who specialize in the care of premature and high-risk newborns—are board-certified in neonatology.
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (Connecticut Children’s) and Norwalk Hospital have joined together to create a new pediatric alliance, and Connecticut Children’s neonatologists are now providing around-the-clock inpatient medical care for children at Norwalk Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). When babies leave the NICU after treatment, neonatal patients are supported by Neonatal Neurodevelopmental Follow-Up Program and Medical Transition Program which help pediatricians provide the unique care these newborns need.
Our neonatal stations are equipped with custom-designed support modules and built-in bedside monitoring systems. Large windows that overlook the Long Island Sound let in plenty of natural light, which has shown to be beneficial for critically ill infants.
Health outcomes for our preemies and special-needs infants are consistently among the best in the nation.
Our NICU has an isolation room, a procedures room for special tests, a conference room for parents to meet with the neonatal team, and “on-call” rooms so we have neonatologists and specialists onsite, 24/7.
As necessary, our team works with specialists throughout Norwalk Hospital, including pediatric neurologists, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, audiologists, radiological technologists and ultra-sonagraphers.
Our NICU is dedicated to meeting the emotional needs of the family. Our “family room” allows close friends and relatives to gather together in support of the parents. Our “parent’s room” provides a place where parents can be alone with their baby. A private breastfeeding area allows for one-on-one, in-depth discussions between mothers and our lactation consultant.
Parents Available To Help, Inc. (PATH) is a statewide nonprofit organization that provides parent-to-parent support and information to families of children with developmental and health-related needs, lifelong disabilities, parents challenged with high-risk pregnancies, premature births or the loss of a child. For more information, please call 800-399-PATH or 203-459-4687.
The Tiny Miracles Foundation: For information, please call (203) 202-9714.
Please click here to Support our NICU.
Once you’ve given birth, we’ll help you settle comfortably into a private room, where we will provide care and support as your new family gets acquainted.
Each room is designed for your comfort, with soft lighting, pleasant artwork and a homelike décor. Every room includes amenities to help you rest comfortably and bond with your new baby:
- Comfortable sleeping accommodations for partners
- Flat-screen television
- Wireless Internet access and telephone
- Private bathrooms with showers
- Special features such as a whirlpool tub
- Family lounge (a separate welcoming area for families awaiting the new arrival)
- Complimentary massage
We provide a private celebration brunch for two prior to discharge that includes linen napkins, china and champagne flutes delivered to your room on the day of your choosing. This elegant meal gives parents a chance for a few private moments before going home with their new baby.
Though the days and weeks after birth are a joyous time, they can also be stressful as both you and your baby adjust to a new and different world. Norwalk Hospital is here with expert care and supportive services for your whole family. Our pediatricians and pediatric specialty physicians provide tender, loving care from the very first moments of life.
Information and Support
We offer a variety of programs and materials to meet the educational needs of every member of your family.
Calendar and Brochure
- Click here to download our Women and Children’s Services Childbirth Center Booklet for more details about programs and tours.
- To register for any of our programs, call 1-866-NHB-WELL or visit our Programs Calendar to see when classes and tours are offered.
Mom’s Circle (Due to COVID-19, this group will meet virtually.)
Moms with newborns are invited to attend the weekly group supporting the new chapter of their lives. Discussions may include adjusting to the role of mothering, changes in sleep, returning to work, time for self.
Moms are welcome to attend the weekly group with babies up to 3 months of age and are expected to register monthly. Registration gives us a way to contact you in case the group is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weather.
Wednesdays @ 12 noon to 1:30PM
Pediatric Conference Room, 4th Floor
Open Monthly Enrollment
Seat Count: 15
Register: To register call 866-642-9355
New Mother’s Help Line
Our 24-hour telephone help line provides support for new mothers after they go home from the Childbirth Center. Call 203-852-2323.
Breastfeeding is best for both you and your baby. We’re here to help, with breastfeeding support and lactation consultants.
A certified lactation consultant, or International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), has completed coursework, clinical practice hours, and passed a standardized exam that covers infant feeding, breast anatomy, milk production, management of breastfeeding complications, and stages of infant development. The goal of our lactation consultants is to support, promote and encourage breastfeeding through education and personal support.
Norwalk Hospital’s lactation consultants offer:
- Prenatal breastfeeding classes
- In-hospital bedside breastfeeding support and consultation
- “Help Line” for questions after you have been discharged from the hospital. Call 203-852-2323.
- Mom’s Circle, New Moms Support Group, please call: 866-642-9355 for dates and registration
- Instructions and demonstrations on the use of breast pumps
Our Certified Lactation Consultants
- Michele Romano, MS, RN, IBCLC
To contact our lactation consultants, please call 203-852-3390.
We were among the first hospitals in our area to offer certified nurse-midwifery services, and continue to provide the only nurse-midwifery services in lower Fairfield County.
Certified nurse-midwives are registered nurses (RNs) who have graduated from one of the advanced education programs accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). They must pass a national certification exam and meet strict requirements set by state health agencies. Our certified nurse-midwives all hold postgraduate degrees and are adjunct faculty and clinical instructors to midwifery students at various universities, including Yale and Columbia.
Our four certified nurse-midwives provide a variety of services that include:
- Prenatal care, including outpatient visits and continuous care during labor and birth
- Postpartum care
- Lactation advice
- Gynecologic care
- Family planning
- Nutritional counseling
Our certified nurse-midwives serve as primary care providers during pregnancy. They aim to create a team-based approach with our patients and their families to provide individualized family-centered care with the lowest level of intervention appropriate. They are comfortable supporting women with a wide range of preferences, from un-medicated labor and birth, epidural, and even cesarean section. While the midwives are experts in low risk pregnancy, they also have the experience and knowledge to care for most high-risk complications of pregnancy in collaboration with our team of Perinatologists, OB Hospitalists, Neonatologists, and other medical specialists.
When it’s time to give birth, our certified nurse-midwives provide care during labor and delivery in Norwalk Hospital’s Childbirth Center. They help women to be self-reliant and to trust their own bodies to deliver healthy babies naturally. Our certified nurse-midwives attend approximately 300 deliveries each year, and they are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
WCMG Midwives Office
30 Stevens Street, Suite F
Norwalk, CT 06856
203-852-3073 - Office
203-899-5259 - Fax
As a patient of Norwalk Hospital, we want you to have the information you need to care for your newest addition to your family. Our goal is to educate our patients, families, and caregivers to promote overall wellness and recovery during your stay with us and at home.
Our patient education library provides easy-to-understand programming on a variety of topics including newborn care, breastfeeding, baby development, shaken baby syndrome, circumcisions, immunizations, pregnancy, postpartum care and more! This video library is available 24 hours a day and on any device with a wi-fi connection.
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