About The Family Birthing Center
Our goal at The Family Birthing Center at Good Samaritan Hospital is to provide family-focused care for women and babies in the Dayton area. Our team of experienced physicians, nurses, and certified nurse midwives are dedicated to making your baby’s birthday a warm, comfortable and joyous experience. For over 80 years, Good Samaritan Hospital has been committed to creating a safe and meaningful experience for every patient and family.
From your first tour of The Family Birthing Center, childbirth classes to your baby’s birth and beyond, our goal is to educate and empower new parents to make this the best possible experience for the birth of your baby.
We invite you to take a virtual tour of The Family Birthing Center and see what you can expect.
The Family Birthing Center offers:
- Experienced, highly trained, responsive physicians, nurses and certified nurse midwives
- Flexible birthing options
- Personalized service
- Water birth
- Labor style
- Pain management options
- C-Section room
- Level II Special Care Nursery
- Labor, childbirth, and baby care classes
- Bedside instruction on breastfeeding or formula feeding by board certified lactation consultants
- “Rooming In” (baby may stay with mom in her room throughout her hospital stay)
Every room includes:
- Large, private labor and delivery rooms
- Versatile and comfortable birthing bed
- Private bath and shower
- Flat screen televisions with cable access
- Room service
Before Your Stay
Pre-Registration - Every mother-to-be is encouraged to pre-register through the hospital admissions office before delivering her baby. If you have not registered when admitted for labor, our staff will guide you through the admission process. Pre-registering and completing the forms prior to your due date allows us to expedite your registration when you check-in.
Child Birth Education - We believe the more you know about labor and birth the better you will be able to deal with the challenges each may bring. The caring and professional staff at Good Samaritan Hospital would like to provide you with all of the information and support you need to feel more relaxed and confident in the days prior to, during and following the birth of your child. We offer a variety of classes to help mothers-to-be and their partners learn about labor and delivery, breastfeeding, baby care, and our facility.
If you are experiencing the joys of childbirth for the second time around, we also offer a refresher course. ,See a complete listing including location information and registration costs, or call Carefinders at 1-877-GSH-WELL.
Arriving at the Hospital - The Family Birthing Center is located on the 7th floor of the south building. Expectant mothers ready to be admitted for labor can come in through the emergency room, via the main entrance, or take the elevator to 7th floor and go straight to The Family Birthing Center. There is no need to stop at the registration office.
Initial Evaluation Upon Arrival - Each patient is evaluated in the OB triage area. The triage nurse makes each mother as comfortable as possible during this exam. For privacy, only one visitor is allowed in triage at any given time. Expectant mothers who have broken water or feel the urge to push are immediately taken to a labor and delivery room.
During Your Stay
Your Team - Our nurses work closely with the physicians to offer compassionate, evidence-based patient care that incorporates the latest innovations and focuses on your unique needs. Every labor and delivery nurse at The Family Birthing Center is Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certified. All staff, including nurses, are Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certified.
The Family Birthing Center has two international board certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) specialists who help new mothers learn how to breastfeed through classes and direct instruction. Each lactation consultant has comprehensive training and extensive clinical experience in breastfeeding management and counseling.
During labor, you may have up to four visitors, including the support person. Your support person may stay and sleep in the room before, during and after delivery. A comfortable pullout couch or sleep chair is provided in each room. Your children may attend the labor and birth, but other children under the age of 15 will not be allowed in the labor and delivery suite.
Level II Special Care Nursery - In the rare event that your newborn will need specialized care, rest assured that our Level II Special Care Nursery will provide your family with the comfort and expertise you deserve and expect.
Waiting Areas - There are two spacious, comfortable waiting areas for family and friends while you are in labor. They are located just outside The Family Birthing Center. For your convenience, snack and soda vending machines are nearby if the cafeteria is closed.
Visitation Policy - Family-centered care is fundamental to The Family Birthing Center’s core values. Our flexible visiting hours ensure you have the privacy and safety you desire, as well as ample time to visit with friends and family. After the birth, we welcome family and friends until 8:30 pm. Children who visit must be well and current with their immunizations. All visitors should be free of cold and/or infectious diseases.
Keeping Your Baby Safe - The Birthing Center is equipped with an infant security alarm system to keep your baby safe and secure.
Spread the Word! - Good Samaritan Hospital has made it easier to share the good news of the birth of your child. You can show off your baby in an online “nursery” where all the details and baby pictures are posted for friends and family to see. You simply provide the vital information, birth date, weight and name.
After Your Stay
Going Home - The most important piece of baby equipment you will buy is a federally approved car safety seat. Infants are required to ride in a rear-facing car seat or car bed, depending on their weight, when they leave the hospital. The back seat is the safest place for babies. Proper installation is critical. Many infant seats come with a detachable base that stays strapped into the car when the carrier part is removed. Be sure the carrier always snaps firmly into place before driving.