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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.

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 closet 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 who breastfeed 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.


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 both moms and babies. 

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.

Expectant Parent Classes

Expectant Parents 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.

Saturday Expectant Parent Classes

Offered one Saturday of every month
Time: Saturday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

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 Expectant Parent Classes

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

Thursday classes are divided into five sections and are a la carte. You can attend one, or all of them.

Class One:  Natural Childbirth

A DONA certified doula teaches this class. A doula is a non-medical person who is trained to assist women during the natural process of labor and childbirth. Relaxation exercises, breathing techniques, positioning, and tips for successful natural childbirth are discussed at length.

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

We want to get new moms and babies off to a great start with breastfeeding, so this class is free! This class is a resource for you to learn how to initiate and maintain a successful breastfeeding relationship with your newborn.

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.

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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