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
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 3 classes in this program, scheduled over 3 evenings from 6:00 – 8:00pm. 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.
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. Please call 607-337-4145 for more information.
Car Seat Safety Checks
UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital is excited to offer Car Seat Safety Checks through the Women’s Health Center. Vicki Steigerwald is our Certified Car Seat Safety Technician and will be glad to answer any seat safety questions you may have. An appointment can be made with Vicki to verify that your seat is installed properly and is the correct seat for your baby or toddler. UHS Chenango Memorial offers this service as a convenience to all our patients and hopes that you will take advantage of Vicki’s experience should you need. To make an appointment with Vicki, please call the UHS Women’s Health Center at 607-337-4128.
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
All prenatal appointments take place at Dr. Shah’s Walton office. The actual birthing process and labor will take place in your private labor and delivery room at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich.
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 and UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital 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 for UHS Wilson Medical Center or 607-337-4145 for UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital 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.”
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.
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.
UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital offers newly renovated and oversized labor and delivery rooms for you and your new families comfort. Once you’ve delivered your baby, it is time to bond with them in the same room. Our labor and delivery rooms are private and each is equipped with a 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.
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.
- Call 607-337-4128 for information about Car Safety and Support in Chenango County.