Maternity at St. Mary's Hospital - Janesville

At SSM Health St. Mary's - Janesville, our goal is to best support you in all of your labor and delivery goals. We offer a variety of options during labor, in an environment designed to meet your choices and the vision you have for your labor and birth.

Our Birthing Suites

Our quiet, spa-like rooms accommodate both you and your partner. They include a pull-out bed and in-room baby bathing area. In-room massaging showers, birthing balls and guidance positioning of your body are all provided to help ease any discomfort you may have. We encourage parents to room-in with their baby 24/7 and provide breastfeeding support. You can even enjoy an enhanced room service menu with organic and locally sourced options.

Childbirth Options

It’s important for a mother to be involved in her birth plan. We encourage you to research all available options before developing yours. SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital - Janesville offers several areas of low intervention support.

Wireless Fetal Monitoring

For low-risk patients, a laboring mom is not always confined to the bed. When appropriate, you can wear a wireless fetal monitor or an intermittent monitor. This allows you to walk around, try standing positions or even labor in a special laboring tub. This option supports movement during labor, increasing comfort and potentially moving the delivery process along.

Doula Support

Many expectant mothers choose to work with a doula. According to DONA International, a Doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth, Their role is to help you achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible. We welcome this additional support in your birthing suite.

Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping at Delivery

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Janesville practices delayed umbilical cord clamping at delivery, a practice that is shown to reduce anemia in infants.

Mother & Baby: Skin-to-Skin

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Janesville promotes mother and baby skin-to-skin initiation within five minutes of birth and maintained for the first hour, including cesarean-section births. Some of the benefits to this practice include:

  • Contributes to successful newborn transition to extra uterine life
  • Improves infant temperature regulation, blood sugar, and promotes successful breastfeeding
  • Calms both mother and baby

Support Services

We’ll partner with you during your entire pregnancy. Our services go beyond doctor’s visits. We provide childbirth classes and support groups to help you throughout the duration of your pregnancy. These classes include:

Breastfeeding Support

At SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Janesville we protect, promote and support breastfeeding, in alliance with the World Health Organization/UNICEF and Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. We are committed to supporting mom and baby long after delivery.  For questions or an individualized appointment for your lactation concerns, call 608-373-8208.

2015 & 2016 Women’s Choice Award®

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Janesville Family Birth Center team is proud to be the recipient of the 2016 and 2015 Women's Choice Award® as one of America's Best Hospitals for Obstetrics. This coveted, evidence-based designation is the only award that identifies the country's best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women say they want from a hospital.

Whether you’re expecting, or trying to conceive, trust the team at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital - Janesville. We’ll partner with you on this exciting new chapter in your life. Find the nearest OB/GYN today and get started.

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