Childbirth and Neonatal Services
State-of-the-art Care, Soothing Surroundings
Congratulations. We're honored you're considering Valley Medical Center as the place to begin this wonderful new chapter in your life. Every year more than 3,000 babies get their start here. You'll find Valley Medical Center a resource for birth preparation classes, prenatal fitness, breastfeeding help and advice about parenting and medical care. We appreciate each family's differing needs and we go out of our way to make your baby's birth a joyful, memorable event.
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Fast Facts about The Birth Center at Valley Medical Center.
Visitor policy update 3.25.20: During the COVID-19 outbreak, visitors are generally NOT allowed except in limited cases, like The Birth Center. Birth Center patients are allowed 1 partner and 1 validated doula. Please note: Multiple visitors may not trade-off within a single day to visit or support the same patient. See Valley's revised visitor policy.
It's all in the delivery.
VMC's state-of-the-art Birth Center offers a welcoming experience for the entire family, with a home-like setting that allows you and your family to relax and direct your attention to getting to know your new baby:
- Private, suite-like rooms for labor, birth and recovery
- Free, in-room, on-demand movies
- DVD/CD player
- Wireless Internet access
- Room service meal delivery and a meal voucher for your partner
- Family lounge with cable TV, vending machines, microwave & sink
- Classes in childbirth preparation plus special sessions for grandparents and siblings
- Specially trained lactation nurses to help you with breastfeeding
- Hearing screeners and birth registrars
- A first-class security system so everyone rests easier
- Nurses who know how to teach you and your family to care for your precious new baby
- Childbirth choice with the Midwives Clinic at VMC
Your comfort is important to us.
- Hydrotherapy whirlpool baths
- A full range of options for managing pain, from massage to narcotic-free nitrous oxide* or epidural anesthesia
- Birthing balls and birthing bars to help facilitate labor
- Daybed for family members to stay in comfort
The comforts of The Birth Center are matched by the expert level of care you receive. Our specially trained nursing staff, midwives and OB/GYN doctors provide compassionate, family-centered care in a safe, nurturing environment.
Top notch care for Mom and baby.
- Advanced care for high-risk pregnancies
- A Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for babies who are premature or have special needs
The Birth Center has an obstetric specialist, called a hospitalist, on duty 24-hours a day, 365 days a year for the safety of our patients and new arrivals. This innovative program ensures that a physician is available in the event of an obstetric emergency, including Caesarean births. In the unlikely event your baby requires intensive care—you’re at the right place. Valley Medical Center houses the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit between Seattle and Tacoma, with neonatology specialists (doctors, registered nurses and nurse practitioners trained to care for premature and sick babies) in house 24-hours a day.
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Fast Facts about The Birth Center
Find a doctor who delivers at VMC
Find an OB/GYN | Find a Certified Nurse Midwife Find a Family Medicine with Obstetrics Doctor
Your health care provider will help you establish a schedule of prenatal care for the entire duration of your pregnancy. Our experienced physicians have specialized training in the care of women during pregnancy, labor and childbirth. And, VMC's Certified Nurse Midwives deliver individualized care, with access to state-of-the-art technology, including a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Our patients deliver at Valley Medical Center’s state-of-the-art Birth Center.
Prepare for the arrival of your new baby
Pregnancy, Birth Preparation & Parenting Classes
Have questions about breastfeeding, creating a strong healthy relationship between you and your child or what you need to know as a first-time parent? Looking for gentle stretching and muscle conditioning water exercise during pregnacy? We offer classes keep you fit during pregnancy and build your parenting skills.
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