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Birthing Center

Childbirth is one of life's most important experiences and Columbus Regional Health's Birthing Center provides a full range of baby delivery services to support your needs before, during and after giving birth. Our experienced nurses and physicians understand the needs and concerns of parents expecting a new baby. We provide family-centered mother and baby care as we welcome over 1,100 babies each year.

Birthing Center

At our birthing center located at Columbus Regional Hospital, mothers have home-like baby delivery rooms that allow you to remain in one room for the entire childbirth process. The private rooms are furnished with the comforts of home, including a fold out bed for your partner or family members who want to stay overnight. Behind closed doors each delivery room has state-of-the-art equipment for normal deliveries.  Also, if you require a cesarean delivery, you are transported directly to surgery and afterward returned to your own private room. After giving birth you can rest, with your baby at your bedside, and greet family and friends in privacy and comfort.

Our birthing center staff is cross-trained to provide labor/delivery, postpartum and newborn care to accommodate and support the birthing options you request. After giving birth to your baby, our nurses teach you how to care for yourself and your baby, and our certified lactation consultants help moms get off to a good start.

Beginning in 2012, Columbus Regional Health's Birthing Center was selected by the March of Dimes to be part of a group of 100 hospitals nationwide included in the "Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait" campaign.  Hospitals that are part of this group adopted a policy to reduce medically unnecessary elective inductions and cesarean deliveries scheduled before 39 weeks of pregnancy.  Studies have shown that babies that are born after 39 weeks have a lower risk of lifelong health challenges.

Nursery Care

The Birthing Center provides two levels of nursery care. Our Basic Nursery provides care for normal newborns. Each delivery room in our Special Care Nursery is equipped with Central Cardiac Monitoring to care for high-risk babies and babies requiring emergency care. Also in Special Care, an infant ventilator and a CPAP machine provide babies with ventilator support who need assistance to overcome breathing difficulties. Two sleeping rooms are available for parents whose babies need additional care and cannot go home right away.

Baby-Friendly

Columbus Regional Health's Birthing Center is officially designated as baby-friendly by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI). A baby-friendly designation means Columbus Regional Health follows a series of guidelines, practices and policies that offer every mother the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies, and assists mothers who cannot or choose not to breastfeed with the information and skills to alternatively feed their babies safely.

The guidelines include following an evidence-based ten-step process, that supports bonding between babies and parents, education on safe and healthy feeding practices and ongoing care of babies. Following the established ten-step process supports lifetime health benefits for moms, babies and the community.

Special Accommodations at the CRH Birthing Center

Two examination rooms are located in the Birthing Center and are used primarily to address special needs which might arise during pregnancy, such as determining the onset of early labor, evaluating medical problems or special testing. A physician lounge with a screen for fetal monitoring of each patient is also located in the Birthing Center, as well as four physician sleeping rooms, so your doctor can be nearby when needed.

Medela Pump Offering

The Columbus Regional Health Birthing Center has partnered with the Home Health Depot to launch the Medela Pump supply program for moms in the birthing center. The Medela Pump In Style Advanced- with its two-phase technology- is covered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This program offers the ability for moms to easily order a pump while in the birthing center and have a lactation consultant show them how it works. This is a great opportunity for moms to make sure they have the correct breast shield (breast pump flange). At this time Home Health Depot accepts all insurance types including medicaid but at this time cannot accept UHC, Aetna, Humana or Cigna insurance.

Peer / Lactation Support


Nurse n' Chat is a time to meet with lactation consultants in an informal setting, meet other moms or to simply weigh your baby. Nurse n' Chat meets at Mothering Essentials on 424 Washington St. (above Locketts) in downtown Columbus, IN.  An elevator is available.

Nurse n' Chat meets on the 2nd Friday of each month from 10:30 am - noon and the 4th Wednesay of every month from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Providing Safe Mothers' Milk

When a mother's milk is not available, pasteurized human donor milk can provide a healthy alternative. Human donor milk contains multiple immune properties not present in formula. In addition, it reduces the chance of infection, necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a life-threatening intestinal condition, and sepsis and can reduce the length of a hospital stay.

Human donor milk is prescribed for: 
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Feeding intolerance
  • Immunolgic deficiencies
  • Malabsorption
  • Postoperative nutrition
  • Prematurity
Columbus Regional Hospital has partnered with The Milk Bank to make donating easy and has established Columbus Regional Hospital as a convenient place for moms to drop off human milk donations. If you are interested in becoming a donor, please contact The Milk Bank directly at 317-536-1670 or go to www.themilkbank.org/donate to learn more.  

To schedule an appointment to drop off milk call the Columbus Regional Hospital Lactation Department at 812-375-3545. 

Prenatal Class Offerings

These classes provide you with information related to a variety of topics within the pregnancy, childbirth, and newborn spectrum. We offer many class options in order to best fit your schedule and offer a comprehensive prenatal education program.  For a full list of 2015 birthing center classes click here and then select the birthing category.

Saturday Classes

"The Bundle"

Offered one Saturday of every month

Time: Saturday 8 am- 5 pm

This class covers end of pregnancy, prelude to labor, labor, vaginal birth, medical procedures, cesarean sections, postpartum care, newborn baby care, and preparations for going home all in one 8 hour class. It is held on one Saturday of every month. The fee for this class is $50.

This class is divided into four sections. Section one is the end of pregnancy and the beginning of labor. We discuss labor warning signs and when to contact the hospital. The second section of the class discusses labor and delivery. We learn about the birthing process and discuss pain management options. We watch videos of deliveries to help you better understand the process. The third section discusses natural childbirth, including natural labor techniques, breathing exercises, and positioning. The remainder of this section is dedicated to cesarean deliveries and the postpartum period. The final portion of the class is all about newborns. We discuss what happens to baby at delivery, how to best care for baby at the hospital and home, changing diapers, swaddling, and breastfeeding. Finally, we take a tour of the Birthing Center to offer you a view of where your baby will be born.  A lunch break is included. 

Thursday Classes

"Baby-Steps"

Offered in four-week sessions
Time: Thursdays from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

This series of classes covers end of pregnancy, prelude to labor, labor, vaginal birth, medical procedures, cesarean sections, postpartum care, newborn baby care, and preparations for going home. These classes can all be taken, or in an a la carte format, allowing you to pick and choose to meet your individual needs. They are held in 3 separate 2 hour sessions on Thursday evenings.

Class One:  Natural Childbirth

Natural Comfort and Pain Management Techniques: This class is taught by a DONA certified doula. A doula is a non-medical person who is trained to assist women during the natural process of labor and childbirth. This class is specifically about natural childbirth. Relaxation exercises, breathing techniques, positioning, and tips for successful natural childbirth are discussed at length. The fee for this class is $25. 

Class Two A:  Labor – What’s Normal

A Certified Obstetrical Registered Nurse teaches the remainder of these classes. The first section discusses the end of pregnancy and the beginning of labor. Topics highlighted include normal and abnormal occurrences in pregnancy, warning signs, and knowing when to call the doctor.

Class Two B:  Delivery

Topics include vaginal and cesarean births.  Detailed information, videos, pain management, and the process of birth are all discussed in this class.

Class Three:  Postpartum and Baby Care

Topics include how to best care for yourself and your baby in the immediate and early postpartum periods. Newborn care including diapering, bathing, and swaddling are discussed.

Class Four:  Breastfeeding 101

This class covers the basics of breastfeeding, latching, positioning, knowing if your baby is getting what he or she needs, and maintaining lactation upon returning to work or school. This class is held on a Thursday evening approximately every 6 weeks. This is a free class!

For pricing and to register for the above listed classes, call Centralized Scheduling at Columbus Regional Hospital at (812) 376-5500 Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm.

Additional Class Offerings

New Brother and Sister Class

Children ages 3 – 10 who are expecting a new sibling will learn the value of their new position as well as how they can be of help to mom and dad. It is suggested that siblings participate in this class a month before baby’s arrival. Cost for this class is $10 per family, please bring a baby doll.

For information or to register for this class, call Centralized Scheduling at (812) 376-5500 or 1-800-841-4935, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm.

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