Obstetrics at the WCH Women’s Pavilion
Comprehensive Maternity Care for Women
The obstetrics unit at Wooster Community Hospital, the Women’s Pavilion, offers exceptional, personalized maternity care for women, where our focus is on families.
The Women’s Pavilion features large, contemporary private birthing suites, breastfeeding support services, and childbirth education classes and facility tours.
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Our top-notch obstetrical team delivers the expert care and special touch you require to make the birth of your baby a cherished, memorable occasion. The nursing staff and providers offer flexibility in the labor and delivery experience to accommodate birth plans and respect your wishes. We have the personal touch and close-to-home feel of a smaller hospital.
At the WCH Women's Pavilion, our unique birthing plans include rooming in, where the newborn’s crib is kept by the side of the mother’s bed, and at least a full hour of uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact is encouraged after delivery.
For the majority of women in our care, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is an option — which allows mothers to choose the birth experience they want to have. In addition, lowering the rate of unnecessary first-time C-sections has been a priority of ours at WCH for years. New mothers recover more quickly after a vaginal childbirth, and the costs are much lower.
The Women’s Pavilion is a Level II maternity service; so, if complications arise before or after delivery, families can be appropriately cared for. Wooster Community Hospital works in collaboration with Akron Children’s Hospital to offer a Special Care Nursery that can care for newborns requiring additional care. This means families will not have to be separated for certain high-risk conditions.
Use this birth preference worksheet to assist you as you plan for the arrival of your little one. This sheet can help you communicate with your healthcare team your desires during the labor and birth experience. We encourage you to go over your preferences with your healthcare providers during prenatal appointments and ask any questions you may have. We also welcome you to bring the worksheet with you to the hospital because we strive to provide each patient with individualized care. We look forward to caring for your family on this special day.
IDEAL FOR PREMATURE BABIES THAT DO NOT REQUIRE A NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT
We understand that having preterm labor or a premature baby can be a stressful time, and we are thrilled to better help our families by offering more specialized neonatal care.
The Women’s Pavilion at Wooster Community Hospital partners with Akron Children’s Hospital to increase the level of neonatal care – the care of babies within the first month after they are born – available within our community. This reduces the need for families to travel and separate seeking appropriate medical care during this critical time in a child’s life.
LEVEL II SPECIAL CARE NURSERY
Our Level II Special Care Nursery is able to care for babies who:
- Were born up to 8 weeks premature (at or after 32 weeks gestation)
- Weigh at least 3 pounds, 5 ounces
- Are physically immature, such as those who have breathing problems or who are unable to properly feed
- Have blood sugar instability
If a baby has moderate or temporary breathing or eating problems or other complications, WCH has everything required to care for the child right in the Women’s Pavilion on the Wooster campus. The baby will not be transferred to Akron Children’s unless the illness is severe.
This level of care is ideal for babies whose mothers go into labor before full-term but do not require care at a high-risk delivery center or Level III neonatal intensive care unit.
The Level II unit at WCH’s Women’s Pavilion is staffed by Akron Children’s Hospital physicians, specialized nurses, and respiratory therapists, who are available 24/7 to all babies born in the Wooster Community Hospital Women’s Pavilion.
If you are planning a home birth but need medical intervention, we have relationships with many midwives in the community and can work with your home-birth provider for a seamless transition in care.
For your obstetrical care, visit the providers at Bloomington Women’s Care, Monarch OBGYN, and Cleveland Clinic Women's Center. They offer a spectrum of OB services including fertility evaluations, miscarriage treatment, pregnancy testing, prenatal health, vaginal and cesarean delivery, and more.
WCH offers package pricing to accommodate family budgets. Not only do we feature competitive pricing but we also provide payment options — payments can be made in installments throughout the pregnancy. Package pricing bundles everything, including doctors' visits, and the hospital provides free transportation services for patients.
The Ohio Hospital Association has launched an exciting statewide initiative, Safe Sleep Is Good4Baby, which advocates that all infants sleep alone, on their backs, and in a crib. The campaign focuses on:
- Modeling safe sleep practices in the hospital
- Educating parents and families about safe sleep practices at home
- Advocating and educating community members about the importance of safe sleep
Wooster Community Hospital is proud to be part of the initiative that aims to reduce sleep-related infant mortality, such as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
WCH’s maternity care center has been awarded recognition for its efforts to promote, protect, and support successful breastfeeding. The First Steps for Healthy Babies program is a breastfeeding initiative by the Ohio Hospital Association and the Ohio Department of Health.
For more information regarding OB services contact Tara Raudebaugh, Director of Women's Pavilion, at (330) 202-5550