New Beginnings Birth Center
The New Beginnings Birth Center at TMH offers an individualized experience for you and your baby.
Personal, Professional … the New Beginnings Birth Center is your home away from home for the birth of your baby.
Two comfortable and spacious labor and delivery rooms are available with a birthing tub in a separate area for those choosing this delivery opiton. The private post partum rooms have a single or a queen size bed, and your support person is welcome to stay with you. The choice is yours.
If you desire to breastfeed your baby, staff is available to support you and provide educational videos and materials.
Labor is an individual experience and we want yours to be a very special time. While some moms want the experience to be as natural as possible, others may refer a more structured approach. Fetal monitoring, epidurals and Cesarean births are available.
Our staff is also trained in the lastest obstetric techniques, including Neonatal Resuscitation and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Our entire staff is prepared to meet your needs.
Our New Beginnings Birth Center team includes dedicated instructors covering all aspects of childbirth and infant care. Our Prepared Childbirth Class is available during the evenings and on Saturdays, while a refresher course is available for experienced moms. We also offer classes for Waterbirth, Breastfeeding, Infant CPS and Car Seat Safety. A Siblings Class is also provided for the soon to be big brother or big sister.
Please Note: Visiting hours are 10:00 am to 8:00 pm with Quiet time encouraged for all OB patients and their infants from 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm.
(Quiet time is designated for family bonding, rest, and patient education. Visitors are also asked to check in at the OB desk with a staff member, prior to going into a patient’s room)
Security for you and your baby is paramount at Tomah Memorial. Our state of the art Infant security system provides peace of mind so you can focus on the new addition to your family.
View our Childbirth Education Pamphlets
Contact us at The New Beginnings Birth Center for a tour of our department. Call (608) 372-2181 or (608) 374-0220.
Water Birthing is a poppular option at Tomah Memorial. More than 1,000 water births have taken place since the option was first offered in 2001.We were the first in the state of Wisconsin to use the Aqua-Eze tub.
Birthing your baby under water (or waterbirth) in a specially designed tub has made it possible to provide relaxation for women during labor thus decreasing the need for medical interventions. Women who use waterbirth are more comfortable and able to change positions more easily. Water also reduces the incidence and severity of tearing and the need for episiotomies. Birthing in water is not for everyone. All women interested in this option are screened for certain health or pregnancy concerns that might probhit this option.
FOR THE BABY
The baby is allowed the freedom of movement in familiar fluid surroundings as he or she is birthed. The baby's limbs unfold with greater ease during the first moments when leaving their mother's body and upon entering the water. The water allows the baby time to become accustomed to being born.
Lights, sound and touch are gentler under water, and the environment is warm and soothing to the baby. The baby emerges into the water and is supported by the mother, father, or the birth attendant. The baby is then brought to the surface and snuggled on the mother's chest. They are then both wrapped in warm towels and blankets.
The mom's reactions
Women who experienced a waterbirth were amazed at how good it felt, even during the contractions, to be in warm water. Some women had already birthed a baby before using traditional birthing options, and they felt there was no comparison between the two methods.
Families who are interested in birthing their babies in water need to discuss the option with their healthcare provider. Birthing in water is not for everyone. Some women and babies have medical issues that would not allow waterbirth as a safe option. All families are offered a tour of the New Beginnings Birth Center prior to labor and delivery with their teaching visit, and they are invited to inquire about the tub and the waterbirthing option.