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Maternity and Childbirth

Why 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 and pregnancy doctors, or maybe it’s our maternity nursing staff judged by some to be the best in prenatal care across New York's Southern Tier. 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 with expert pregnancy doctors at both UHS Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City and UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich.

Yes, UHS pregnancy doctors deliver more babies than other hospitals in the Norwich and Johnson City areas. But more important, all our experience, all our attention goes into delivering one baby at a time—yours!

Childbirth Education Classes

Our free Childbirth Education classes are offered to expectant moms, dads and others. Classes focus on prepared childbirth, labor, delivery, breastfeeding and infant care.

Classes fill quickly, so please register early. We encourage you to register for all of your classes once you reach your fifth month of pregnancy. You should be finished with all of the classes before your due date.

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Childbirth at UHS Wilson Medical Center

UHS Wilson Medical Center is the only hospital in New York's Southern Tier 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.

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.

Childbirth at UHS Chenango Memorial

Our New York birthing center is on the 3rd floor Maternity unit at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital. The unit has private/single patient 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 and Midwife offer the highest quality, patient focused medical and surgical care. 

UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital is directly connected to the advanced Neonatal technology and staff offered at UHS Wilson Medical Center.

Planning Services at UHS Wilson Medical Center

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.

We aren't currently offering in-person tours of our Wilson Birthing Center, but you can take a virtual tour any time of the day or night.

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

Planning Services 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 3 classes in this program, scheduled over 3 evenings from 6:00 – 8:00pm each night. These classes take place in the training room on the third floor of the New York labor and delivery hospital.  Registration is required. Please call 607-337-4145 for more information and to register.

Car Seat Safety Checks

UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital is excited to offer Car Seat Safety Checks through the Maternity Center.  Lesa Allen 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 Lesa 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 our technician's experience should you need it. To make an appointment with Lesa, please call 607-337-4020.

Prenatal Care in Sherburne and Sidney

Expectant moms in the Sherburne or Sidney area can receive their New York prenatal care locally.

All monthly appointments take place with UHS providers in Sherburne or Sidney and the actual birthing process and labor will take place in your own private labor and delivery room at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich.

Birthing classes are available for maternity patients as described previously. These classes will take place as scheduled in Norwich.

Click below to watch this video tour of the newly renovated maternity floor at UHS Chenango Memorial.

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 family's 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 at some locations 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 website.

Since babies are born at all hours of the day and night, our Meals by Request service (currently offered at Wilson Memorial) 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 607-607-763 5306 to have one of our RN-certified lactation specialists help with breastfeeding
  • Call our 24-hour Parents’ Support Line at 607-763-6660 at any time
  • 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.

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