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.
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.
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
WCH Women's Pavilion Q & A's
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.
We are allowing 2 healthy support people to be with you throughout your entire hospital stay in the Women’s Pavilion. We do ask that you choose the same two people who will support you throughout your entire stay. No children or siblings are allowed at this time.
It is unknown at this time how long the visitor restrictions will be taking place.
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.
Our lactation team is available during your hospital stay and beyond. You can come back to our unit post-discharge with one support person and your baby to see an IBCLC in person or we also offer virtual visits with our WCH TodayCare App to connect with our consultants you’re your home! They are available day and night on that platform and patients love it! https://www.woosterhospital.org/telehealth-todaycare/ We also offer a FREE virtual support group every other Thursday on Zoom! Check out WCH Women’s Pavilion on social media for details.
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.
Our unit-based classes that include childbirth preparation and breastfeeding are being offered virtually! In-person classes may be available dependent on our community’s COVID transmission rates. Sibling classes have been canceled at this time.
We still encourage the 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.