Maternity at St. Mary's Hospital - Madison

Preparing for your baby and the changes he or she will bring is a big part of your pregnancy. There are times of excitement and times of overwhelming emotion. From family planning to ensuring a successful delivery, we take care of your pregnancy every step of the way at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Madison.

Birthing Suite Amenities

Families begin their stay in one of our spacious Family Birth Suites – a private, home-like setting where women are supported by nurses who specialize in labor and delivery. Our style of care means your birth experience can be tailored to include the wishes and traditions that are important to you.

Our quiet, spa-like rooms accommodate both mom and her partner, and include a queen bed and in-room baby bathing area. In-room tubs, massaging showers, birthing balls and guidance positioning of your body help to ease discomfort. 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.

Nurses who specialize in caring for moms and their newborns monitor recovery and support families through those important first few days together. 

For more information on our Family Birth Suites, breastfeeding and skin-to-skin care, view our full playlist.

Childbirth Options

Our care approach allows your birthing experience to be tailored to your exact wishes and traditions. We offer many low intervention options to support you during your labor, so speak with your labor and delivery nurse about your birthing preferences, including:

  • Room environment
  • Mobility
  • Visitors
  • Hydration
  • Aromatherapy
  • Monitoring
  • Pain relief options, including nitrous oxide
  • Episiotomy
  • Cesarean section
  • Cord cutting
  • Feeding baby
  • Separation and skin-to-skin contact
  • Circumcision

Many expectant mothers at St. Mary's Hospital choose to work with a doula. Doulas provide informational, physical and emotional support to mom and her family before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible. We welcome this additional support in the birthing suite. Bring your own personal doula or ask us about our doula partnerships.

For low-risk patients, a laboring mom is not always confined to the bed. When appropriate, mom can wear a wireless fetal monitor or an intermittent monitor so she can walk around, try standing positions or even labor in a special laboring tub, or the shower or jetted tub in her room. This option supports movement during labor, which can increase comfort and speed progress.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital - Madison neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) offers state-of-the-art technology as well as comfortable, private rooms for families to bond – creating the perfect environment for our tiniest patients.

Our NICU features:

  • Rooms designed for families with multiples
  • Respite spaces in NICU and our Ronald McDonald Family Room®​ 
  • Faster, more efficient lab testing equipment
  • High-tech Giraffe® Omnibeds
  • Room for up to 38 fragile newborns at a time​

Our neonatologists (doctors who are experts in caring for critically ill newborns) are onsite 24/7. NICU nurses, respiratory therapists and other caregivers support babies' growth and development and also teach families how to care for their newest members.

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital – Madison also serves as a regional referral center. Hospitals throughout south-central Wisconsin turn to our NICU experts when they need advice about a patient. Newborns are often transferred to SSM Health St. Mary's via helicopter or our specially equipped ambulance.​​

Education Classes

The birth of your baby adds a brand new dimension to your life. That's why SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Madison offers special classes to help you prepare for the changes a new baby brings, the care you and your baby will need, and your special time together. Fathers or another support person are encouraged to attend the classes too. It is best to take these classes weeks 28 through 36. Space is limited, so please register early. Classes include:

  • BEST Start Support Group: Breastfeeding Education Support Team
  • Boot Camp for New Dads
  • Breastfeeding
  • Caring for Your Newborn
  • Childbirth Education
  • Postpartum Care
  • Infant, Child, and Adult CPR

Take the next step to prepare for your little one’s arrival and register for a class today.


Guided tours of the SSM Health St. Mary’s family Birth Suites are available and are a great opportunity to learn more about what we offer, as well as to ask any questions about the labor and delivery process.

To register for a tour, please call toll-free 866-SSM-DOCS (866-776-3627).

Whether you’re expecting, or trying to conceive, trust the team at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Madison. 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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