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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.

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 parent class provides new parents with information related to Discomforts of Pregnancy, “Is this Labor or Not”, What to expect during Labor and Delivery, Pain Management, Mother and Infant care post delivery and more.

Expectant Parent classes

Weekend Class offered one Saturday of every month
Time: Saturday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Expectant Parent classes specifically for Teens

Weekend Class offered on specified Saturday’s
Time: Saturday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.


Expectant Parent classes specifically for Latinos

Weekend Class offered on specified Saturday’s
Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Thursday Evening classes offered in four-week sessions.
Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

To register, call the Centralized Scheduling office at Columbus Regional Hospital at (812)376-5500 Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 


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. 

Good Beginnings Breastfeeding Class

This beginning breastfeeding class provides new mothers with the essentials needed to start and maintain a breastfeeding relationship with their new baby.  Content focuses on positioning and latch-on skills, starting and maintaining a breast milk supply, and how to know when your baby is getting enough to eat.  We discuss common problems that breastfeeding mothers can experience and help identify the support groups in our community for breastfeeding families.  Classes meet once a month from 7:00-9:00 p.m. This class is free of charge.  For more information or to register for breastfeeding classes, call the hospital's lactation consultant at 812-375-3545.

Breastfeeding - Returning to Work or School

This breastfeeding class provides information needed to maintain the breastfeeding relationship as you return to work or school.  Building on the Good Beginnings Breastfeeding Class, or from your experience breastfeeding your child, this class will focus on pump purchase and rental information, pumping schedules, storage and thawing issues, how to introduce a bottle, stockpiling a milk supply, and how to get the most out of a pumping session.  Classes meet once a month from 7:00-8:15 p.m. This class is free of charge.  For more information or to register for breastfeeding classes, call the hospital's lactation consultant at 812-375-3545.

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