Labor and Delivery

​​​​a new born child

​​​Comfortable Birthing Suites, Caring Providers

At UW Medicine, we strive to provide a memorable birth experience, and each of our birth centers (labor and delivery units) offers personalized care, a comfortable environment, and highly skilled providers and nursing staff. Our focus is on providing you with the birth experience you desire. We are committed to offering family-centered care, providing choices, and honoring each woman’s birth plan. And should complications arise, we have the most advanced technology available to resolve them.

Our birthing suites are designed to provide a soothing environment that allows you to share the experience with your family and friends in whatever way you choose. We offer a variety of options for managing pain during labor and delivery, whether you choose natural childbirth or the use of anesthesia. Depending on your labor situation, you may choose to walk during labor, use birth balls, soak in a jetted tub or receive an epidural for pain relief. Should you have a scheduled cesarean section, or a cesarean becomes necessary during the course of your labor, our team is ready to support you to provide the safest delivery for your baby.

Once your baby is born, we will continue to do all we can to nurture your transition to parenthood. Your baby will stay in your room with you to promote bonding and support lactation. If your baby is born premature or has special needs after birth, our special care nurseries and neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) provide special monitoring, treatments, technology and staff to care for your baby.