Obstetrics at the WCH Women’s Pavilion
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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. Find out more:
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.
Meet Our Obstetrics at the WCH Women’s Pavilion
All information is subject to change based on the day to day COVID-19 implementations.
We hope this helps answer some of your questions. Thank you so much for choosing Wooster Community Hospital. The Women’s Pavilion staff are so excited to meet you and help welcome your new baby. This is such an exciting time for you and your family, and we are so grateful to be a part of it and meet any needs you may have. If you still have questions or concerns, please call our Unit Program Coordinator Nicole Sword BSN RN IBCLC at 330.202.5548.
WCH Women’s Pavilion Q&As
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We have received many calls from our expectant mothers with questions about the COVID-19 virus and wondering how this may affect their delivery and hospital stay. We want to assure you that we are anxiously awaiting your arrival and will continue to provide excellent patient care as we always have.
- Are there going to be rooms available when I come in to deliver my baby? YES! WCH Women’s Pavilion is open for business. We are ready to take care of you and your baby when the time comes to deliver. We are taking all recommended precautions for your safety and currently we have plenty of space for all our upcoming patients.
- Am I going to be allowed to have visitors during my stay in the Women’s Pavilion? Currently, Women’s Pavilion is restricting all visitors on our unit to protect our moms and babies and are closely following the Center of Disease Control recommendations. We suggest informing your family and friends now that these restrictions are in place, so they are prepared to support you in different ways. Social distancing is needed to protect your family during this time but other ways family and friends can support you are: preparing meals, shopping for needed supplies you may need during your maternity leave, caring for animals left at home, caring for your other children, etc. Most family members really appreciate knowing ways they can help you.
- What about my support person? Will he/she be permitted to be with me during my hospital stay? We are allowing and encouraging a healthy support person to be with you throughout your entire hospital stay in the Women’s Pavilion. We do ask that you choose only one person who will support you throughout your entire stay.
- How long will the visitor restrictions be in effect? It is unknown at this time how long the visitor restrictions will be taking place.
- Will I be asked to leave the hospital shortly after I deliver my baby? Women typically stay on average 1-3 days after delivering a baby depending on their needs and their type of delivery. This has not changed. The health of you and your baby at time of discharge is still our top priority. Many families have been choosing to leave the hospital sooner to recover at home and this has also been supported by our healthcare team.
- Will I have breastfeeding support available during my stay and after? Our breastfeeding (lactation) team is available during your hospital stay and beyond. To promote social distancing, we encourage our moms to use our WCH TodayCare App to connect with our consultants virtually from their home! They are available day and night on that platform and patients love it! https://www.woosterhospital.org/telehealth-todaycare/
- Can I still come for a hospital unit tour during this time? We have canceled all scheduled tours at this time until further notice. We will be sure to inform the community when our restrictions have been lifted and tours can resume.
- Will you still be offering childbirth and breastfeeding classes? Our unit-based classes that include childbirth preparation, breastfeeding, and sibling classes have all been rescheduled at this time. March classes were canceled, and most patients were rescheduled to April and May. Our unit is exploring other avenues to get you the information you need to feel prepared for the birth of your new baby. We are looking into additional resources for our patients currently.
- Will I be separated from my baby during my hospital stay? We still encourage mother, baby and support person to be together throughout the hospital stay. Mothers and babies who are sick are looked at on a case by case basis and Center of Disease Control recommendations will always be discussed with you at that time.
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, part of the Wooster Community Hospital Health System. 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.
Safe Sleep Is Good4Baby
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).
First Steps for Healthy Babies
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 about our OB services, call the Women’s Pavilion at Wooster Community Hospital at (330) 202-5548.