The Childbirth Center at Norwalk Hospital

Birthing CenterChoosing where to have your baby is an important decision. At the Childbirth Center at Norwalk Hospital, you’ll find a superb facility and respected team of physicians and nurses committed to providing the safest care and most comfortable environment for you and your growing family.

Here’s a closer look at why thousands of Fairfield County moms have made us their first choice when it comes to where they welcome their newest family members.

During your stay with us, your comfort and wellbeing are priorities. That’s why we offer an array of thoughtful amenities, designed to help you rest and bond with your new baby. These amenities include:

  • Beautifully appointed private rooms, each with its own shower, soft lighting and pleasing artwork
  • Complimentary massage therapy for moms
  • Wireless internet access
  • Flat-screen television in each room
  • Comfortable sleeping accommodations for your partner
  • Dedicated lounge where family and friends can await the new arrival
  • A private celebration meal (breakfast , lunch or dinner) for two prior to discharge
  • On-demand dining throughout your stay so you can order meals off a menu when you choose (snacks are available between meals)
  • Your partner may order breakfast and share this meal with you each day
  • Breastfeeding support by our skilled maternity staff and our board- certified lactation consultant.

From the moment you decide to have a baby—or discover that one is on the way— our experts are here to help you every step of the way.

  • If you need help getting pregnant: Norwalk Hospital offers a full range of infertility care resources from reproductive endocrinologists with advanced training in diagnosing and treating fertility issues
  • If you need obstetrical care during your pregnancy: If you do not have an obstetrician/gynecologist, you can choose from among the dozens of highly qualified Ob/Gyn specialists who practice at Norwalk Hospital
  • If you prefer to have a nurse-midwife: We provide the only nurse-midwifery service in lower Fairfield County. Our certified nurse-midwives can serve as primary care providers before, during and after pregnancy; they attend about 300 deliveries a year, and are available 24/7. Our midwives have office hours Monday through Friday and see patients for routine gyn care as well as obstetrical care.For more information or an appointment, please call 203-852-3073.
  • If you need genetic counseling: We have a team of genetics counselors—all master’s-level and board-certified—who provide information about hereditary diseases and birth defects to prospective parents and families.
  • If your pregnancy is considered high risk: We have a team of maternal-fetal medicine specialists with expertise in managing complicated or high-risk pregnancies, including prenatal diabetic monitoring.
  • If you need prenatal testing: Our Antenatal Diagnostic Center provides personalized, comprehensive prenatal testing, including:
    • Ultrasound services, including fetal echocardiography (we are accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)
    • Amniocentesis
    • Chorionic villus sampling
    • Diagnostic services to test for Down syndrome, trisomy 18 and trisomy 13, as well as other genetic disorders

Our Childbirth Center offers the best of both worlds: It’s equipped with today’s most advanced technology, yet it’s designed to provide a warm, homelike setting to give you the most comfortable birthing experience possible.

  • Individual birthing rooms ensure your privacy and comfort
  • Sophisticated obstetrical equipment and monitoring systems ensure a safe delivery
  • Cesarean birth suites are located adjacent to the birthing rooms
  • Our expert labor and delivery staff provide warm, nurturing care
  • With our full-time, 24/7 OB/GYN Hospitalist program, board-certified OB/GYNs are in the hospital around the clock, and can step in if your own OB/GYN isn’t immediately available
  • We celebrate the arrival of each newborn by playing Brahms’ Lullaby chimes over our public announcement system

Pain management

Norwalk Hospital’s team of obstetricians and anesthesiologists offers you a variety of safe, reliable options for pain management during labor. A board-certified anesthesiologist is present in the hospital 24/7, so these options are available to you whenever you may need them:

  • Nitrous oxide:Nitrous Oxide analgesia provides pain and anxiety relief during labor. It can be used at any stage of labor, right up to birth. It wears off within seconds and has no adverse effects on you or your baby.For more information speak with your provider.
  • Epidural: An epidural provides safe, effective pain relief during labor through birth.
  • Spinal: Spinal anesthesia is commonly used for planned caesarian birth.

Should your newborn require intensive care, Norwalk Hospital’s Jeffrey Peter Bauer Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is staffed 24/7 by an experienced team of board-certified neonatologists and pediatric physician assistants from Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Norwalk Hospital’s skilled NICU nurses.

It’s also important to know that health outcomes for the premature and special-needs infants we care for are consistently among the best in the nation.

Our Level III NICU is fully equipped with the most advanced technology and helpful resources. Should your newborn need other specialists, our NICU team has streamlined access to the range of experts available at Norwalk Hospital including our developmental center.

Support Services available for NICU families:

The Tiny Miracles Foundation: A non-profit with a mission to help families of infants born prematurely in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information call 203-202-9714.

Tours of our birthing center are available. There is no charge for the tour, but registration is required. Simply call us at 866-642-9355.

To help you be prepared for what pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood will bring, we offer an array of educational and support programs, including:

  • 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, newborn care and a tour of Norwalk Hospital’s Childbirth Center. Advance registration required.
    - Held on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    - Cost: $175 per couple
    - For more information and to register, call 866-642-9355
  • Prenatal breast feeding class: Taught by our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) and offered to expectant families. Topics include: building and maintaining milk supply, what to expect in the early days, the benefits of breast feeding
    - Cost: $25
    - Free to registrants of the Prepared Childbirth Class
    - To register, please call 866-642-9355

  • Moms Circle: Mothers with newborns are invited to attend this free weekly support group that addresses issues such as sleep changes, adjusting to motherhood, returning to work and time for self.
    - Held Wednesdays from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Pediatric Conference Room, 4th floor
    - To register, please call 866-642-9355

  • Support after discharge - New Mothers Help Line: This 24-hour telephone help line provides support for new moms after they go home from the Childbirth Center. 
    - Call 203-852-2323 anytime, day or night
    - For breastfeeding questions, please call 203-852-3390.
    - For Medela breast pump rental inquiries, call SWC Pharmacy at 203-852-2690.

  • Newborn channel video and print library: Our patient-education library provides easy-to-understand programming on a variety of topics including newborn care, immunizations, pregnancy, postpartum care and more.
    - The video library is available 24/7 on any device with a Wi-Fi connection (if prompted, enter password 02030): www.thenewbornchannelnow.com

Other Resources

If you would like to have your baby at Norwalk Hospital’s Childbirth Center, we ask that you pre-register between the 20th and 24th week of your pregnancy.

Simply call Patient Registration at 203-852-2077. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8: a.m. to 6 p.m. Be sure to have your insurance information available as well as an insurance pre-certification number, if your plan requires it.

Some helpful information for family members and friends who may wish to visit you while you’re in the hospital:

Visitor policy

  • A partner or significant other may stay overnight to help care for you and your baby. There is a pullout bed in each of our private rooms.
  • Other family members or friends may visit between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • If you wish to limit visitors, please notify the nursing staff
  • Children must be supervised by an adult (other than you!) at all times
  • Anyone who is sick should not visit you and your newborn while you are in the hospital

Parking

  • If you are in labor or arriving for a scheduled cesarean section, you are welcome to park in designated spaces (reserved by a special sign) in the parking area adjacent to the Childbirth Center. These spaces are available to you 24/7.
  • On the day you go home, you (or the person driving you) may also park in these designated spaces.
  • Family members and visitors are asked to park in the main visitor parking area (we ask that they do not use the parking lot in the back of the maternity unit because it has limited space and is reserved for patients visiting their doctors located on the floor below the maternity center).

For the safety of our patients and their babies, we pay careful attention to the security of our facility:

  • A security guard is stationed at the Childbirth Center entrance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Our Labor & Delivery Unit and Maternity Unit are locked at all times, and accessible by using the intercoms located at the entrance to each unit
  • Labor & Delivery and Maternity are equipped with state-of-the-art infant security systems
  • All Norwalk Hospital staff wear photo ID badges that are clearly visible

Medication safety

Unless your doctor instructs you otherwise, please do not bring any medications to the hospital. For your safety, medications ordered during your stay at Norwalk Hospital will be supplied by the hospital pharmacy and dispensed from the nursing station.

  • Medications brought from home may not be taken while you are hospitalized unless ordered in writing by your physician and given to you by your nurse
  • If you have medications with you, have a family member take them home or ask the nurse to store them in the hospital safe