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Maternity and Childbirth

Mother and BabyWhy do more women choose to deliver at UHS than at any other hospital in the area?

Perhaps it’s the high-technology equipment we have to care for moms and babies or our highly skilled and dedicated physicians, or maybe it’s our maternity nursing staff judged by some to be the best in the region. It’s all that and more!

From our soothing home-like labor and delivery suites to our bright and comfortable maternity rooms, we’ve created a cozy, family-centered environment at both UHS Wilson Medical Center and UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital.

Yes, at UHS we deliver more babies than other hospitals in the area. But more important, all our experience, all our attention goes into delivering one baby at a time—yours!

Childbirth at UHS Wilson Medical Center

UHS Wilson Medical Center is the only hospital in the region with a perinatologist and neonatologists on staff. 

Our Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UHS Wilson Medical Center is certified by New York state and provides the region’s highest degree of care for sick or premature infants, with neonatologists in the hospital around the clock. 

Take a virtual tour of our Birthing Center any time of the day or night.

We offer laboratory services, ultrasound and anesthesia 24 hours a day. And, with technologically advanced monitors we can track you and your baby throughout the delivery.

Maternity and Childbirth at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital

Births take place on the Maternity unit at Chenango Memorial Hospital. The unit has labor/delivery/postpartum/recovery rooms, a whirlpool bath to ease labor, nursery, and a kitchen for laboring patients. The Maternity and Women’s Health Center teams work together to provide a secure and safe environment in which the birth process becomes a family event.

At UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital, the Women's Health Center provides compassionate, individualized care to women of all ages. Our skilled OB/GYN practitioners offer the highest quality, patient focused medical and surgical care. 

Chances are your baby will come into the world healthy and without complications, and you’ll never need the advanced services and technology we offer. Still, it’s comforting to know that if something unexpected happens during your pregnancy, labor or delivery, UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital is connected to the advanced technology offered at UHS Wilson Medical Center.

Childbirth and Sibling Classes at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital

Childbirth Classes

Let’s get ready to have a baby! This class is an in-depth trip through the entire birthing process. This class includes different methods, positions, techniques, and possibilities during labor. Parents often feel more informed and confident after going through this series of casual classes. Preparing yourself, your partner, and your family is a little easier when you have an idea of what to expect.

There are 4 classes in this program, scheduled over 4 evenings from 6:30 – 8:30pm. This class takes place in the Basement Conference Room on Chenango Memorial Hospital’s lower level. Registration is required. Please call 607-337-4145 for more information or to register.

Sibling Classes

There are about to be many changes in your house with the arrival of a new sibling.  This class is specifically for that future big brother or sister.  A little special time with them before the birth will help them adjust and prepare for the new role they are about to have placed upon them. This family atmosphere is always a favorite among parents and the hands-on classes are scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Prenatal Care in Sidney and Walton

Expectant moms in the Sidney or Walton area can receive their prenatal care locally. Dr. Manish Shah, sees patients at UHS Primary Care in Sidney and UHS Primary Care Walton.

Planning Your Pregnancy

Now, more than ever, moms-to-be have a whole array of resources available to them. If you’ve just learned you’re pregnant, now is the time to start looking into where you’ll deliver, choosing a doctor for yourself and your baby and brushing up on how to have a healthy pregnancy and a happy baby.

At Wilson Medical Center we want the very best for you and your newborn, and we offer several resources to help you sort through some of these details.

Birthing Center tours let you explore our maternity unit so you can get to know us before you deliver; call us at 607.763.6101 to set up a tour.

You can also take a virtual tour of our Birthing Center any time of the day or night.

Baby yourself at one of our fun and informational baby showers offered each month. As our guest of honor you’ll receive gifts and prizes, talk to maternity nurses and other expectant parents, enjoy refreshments and even receive a free chair massage. For more information call 607.763.5092 or visit our class schedule and search for the keyword “baby showers.”

Our NurseDirect physician referral service can help you find an obstetrician, family doctor, pediatrician or infertility specialist who is right for you. Our registered nurses also provide health and wellness information. Call us at 607.763.5555.

Genetic counseling is available through our Blood Disorders Center for couples with a family history of heredity health problems.

During Your Pregnancy

Educational classes are offered for expectant moms, dads and others. Classes focus on prepared childbirth, labor, delivery, breastfeeding, infant care, big brothers/sisters and infant CPR.  

Birthing Center tours let you explore our maternity unit so you can get to know us before you deliver; call us at 607.763.6101 to set up a tour.

You can also take a virtual tour of our Birthing Center any time of the day or night.

Now is the time to start thinking about the type of delivery you want so you can create the birthing plan that is right for you. Remember, at our Birthing Center we offer a full range of options including water labor, water birth and pain relief medications such as epidurals. Once you understand your choices, you and your provider can develop a birthing plan together.

Baby yourself at one of our fun and informational baby showers offered each month. As our guest of honor you’ll receive gifts and prizes, talk to maternity nurses and other expectant parents, enjoy refreshments and even receive a free chair massage. For more information call 607-763-5092 or visit our class schedule and search for the keyword “baby showers.”

The Big Day

We offer a full range of birthing options, so you can create the birthing plan that best suits your special needs or desires. Options include water labor, epidurals and a birthing chair.

UHS Wilson Medical Center offers soothing home-like labor and delivery suites and bright and roomy maternity rooms for your comfort. Once you’ve delivered your baby, your nurse will help you move to a room on the Maternity Unit that is better suited to bonding with your new baby and greeting visitors. Birthing rooms are semi-private and each is equipped with its own bathroom. Maternity rooms are also semi-private with their own bathroom.

Our comprehensive security program incorporates card access, security patrol, specially trained staff, a parent/baby banding system and camera surveillance to ensure your baby is well protected.

Since support is essential to the birthing experience, doulas or volunteer labor supporters are available to provide emotional and physical assistance during labor. Breastfeeding support is provided by our maternity nurses, with additional help available from certified lactation specialists.

Our visiting policy helps protect your infant and ensures you get the rest you need. Our visiting hours in the Maternity Unit are:
  • A father or significant other stay overnight.
  • Other visitors may visit between 2:00 and 8:30pm.
  • Except for siblings, there should be no visitors under 14 years of age. This is to ensure the health of the newborn.

New parents can purchase baby photos; nurses on our Maternity Unit will provide information about this service. You may also publish a photo of your infant, along with vital statistics about the baby’s weight and time of birth on the Our Babies section of our website.

Since babies are born at all hours of the day and night, our Meals by Request service lets you order anything you want from our special menu at any time, just like room service

Neonatal Care

If your newborn is premature, or has a serious illness, injury or birth defect, a neonatologist may assist at the time of delivery and in the subsequent care of your newborn. If a problem is identified before your baby is born, a neonatologist may become involved to consult with your obstetrician in your baby’s care during your pregnancy.

At Wilson Medical Center we have neonatologists available 24 hours a day. We also have the area’s only New York State Certified Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This means we have the people and technology to provide the highest levels of care for even the tiniest of new arrivals. This will give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your baby has the most advanced care available—just in case.

After You Go Home

We provide a variety of support services and information to help you once you take your newborn home:
  • Call us at 607-763-5555 to have one of our RN-certified lactation specialists help with breastfeeding
  • Use our Breastfeeding Education and Support Center in the Stay Healthy Center at Oakdale Mall
  • Call our 24-hour Parents’ Support Line at 607-763-6660 at any time
  • Speak directly to a registered nurse by calling our NurseDirect physician referral and health and wellness information line from 7:00am to 9:00pm every day at 607-763-5555, or stop by the UHS Stay Healthy Center located in the Oakdale Mall, Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 7:00pm; or Saturday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. 
  • Learn about our physical therapy services that can help you recover from your pregnancy and birth.

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