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Women & Children's Center

A Childbirth Uniquely Yours

Preparing for a new baby is an exciting time. Our physicians and nurse-midwives, nurses and other medical professionals believe every childbearing experience is unique. We work in partnership with you to design a care plan tailored to you and your baby. 

Our spacious and comfortable Birth Center welcomes more than 1,100 babies each year, making us the most popular center on the Seacoast.

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital is the first hospital on the Seacoast recognized as a Baby-Friendly Hospital, providing an optimum level of care and support for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. 

A Birth That's Right For You

Only you know what birth plan is right for you. Our philosophy is to partner with you to help you achieve the labor you envision.

Women’s perceptions of labor pain vary, so do their choices about pain management and comfort. We have many options for non-medicated and medicated labor to help you through the process. Some options include:

  • Jacuzzi for comfort during labor (we do not do waterbirths) 
  • wireless fetal monitoring
  • birth balls
  • pain medications
  • nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
  • epidurals

All babies whether vaginal born or cesarean born, who are transitioning well, are placed skin-to-skin with mom for at least one hour immediately after birth.

Individualized Care in Private Suites 

Warm, inviting, private rooms offer mom, baby and family all the comforts of home. Babies room-in with mom and dad so our nurses can educate the whole family on new baby and mom care. We provide room-service style meals so that mom may order her food according to her own schedule.

For safety and security, all entrances to the Birth Center are locked and visitors are invited in with your permission only. Security cameras monitor the hallways.

Support available during your stay, includes:

  • RNs and Certified Lactation Consultants trained to provide breastfeeding education and support to you if you choose to breastfeed.
  • A Discharge Preparation Class to help you feel safe and comfortable bringing your new baby home.

Breastfeeding Support

As a Baby-Friendly Hospital, we are committed to helping you achieve your breastfeeding goals. More than 80% of our mothers begin breastfeeding, a rate that is well above the national standards. 

This support begins from the moment your baby is born. Placing your baby skin-to-skin on your chest after he or she is born is shown to help establish successful breastfeeding and bonding as your baby transitions into the world. If skin-to-skin is not possible when the baby is born due to special medical needs, the practice is still beneficial when it becomes medically possible.

Every family is supported by caring nurses with extensive breastfeeding education, and board certified lactation consultants are available to support you in breastfeeding and answer your questions. Once you and your baby go home, our lactation consultants are available by phone to offer on-going support. 

Learn more about our support for breastfeeding moms and babies

Hannaford Special Care Nursery

Should your baby need an additional level or care, our Level II Special Care Nursery offers family centered care to encourage bonding and attachment between newborns and parents while preparing for the transition to home.

The nursery features a stabilization area, six private special care rooms for preterm babies or babies experiencing complications. The rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art monitoring systems, radiant warmers, bassinets and sleeping sofas so mom can stay with her baby. There is also a specially-designed family suite with areas for dining, showering and visiting with family. 

Home Visiting Nurses

The hospital offers every woman a home visit with a maternal-newborn nurse. The nurse will call to schedule the visit within a few days of discharge. During the visit, she will do a complete physical exam of both mother and baby, and answer any questions that the new family may have. Each visit is individualized to meet the woman's specific needs.

Childbirth Education

Our education and support programs are geared toward helping you prepare for childbirth and embrace your new roles as parents. Tours of the Birth Center are given during all childbirth classes. Tours are also scheduled twice per month. See the full schedule of Childbirth Education Classes

New Parents Support Group

Come and meet other new parents and discuss topics of concern to you. These groups are led by lactation consultants and child life specialists. The group meets most Mondays from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. No registration is necessary for this class. Visit Childbirth Education for more information. 

Contact Us

We want to assist you in feeling prepared, comfortable and confident. Should you have any questions or want to schedule a tour, please contact our Maternal/Child Resource office at (603) 609-6964 or Lyndi.Sargent@wdhospital.com


 

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Newborn portraits that capture the love and joy your new baby brings.

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What's Your Plan? - Creating a Birth Plan

Join us on May 10 for a discussion about birth planning with Dr. Janet Perkins and childbirth educator Lyndi Sargent.

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