Family Birth Center

At Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women, we believe it is important for women to have choices and to be in control of their pregnancy and birth experiences, which is why we provide family-centered maternity care. Close attention is paid to personal preferences.

The Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women's Family Birth Center offers 24 modern labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum suites specially designed to accommodate women through every phase of the delivery process in southwest Louisiana. The Family Birth Center, staffed with registered nurses who are skilled in high-risk deliveries, also includes three surgical suites for cesarean section deliveries. Take a virtual tour of our hospital here.

A portable bassinet, equipped with oxygen and warming lights, is located in each suite. Except when medically necessary, the baby never has to leave the mother.

Family Birth Center: Southwest Louisiana's Leader:

Encourages The Use Of Birth Plans: Birth plans help a mother make choices about her care and communicate these choices to her physician and the Family Birth Center staff long before the day your baby arrives.

Recognized for 39 Week Initiative: As further commitment to healthy pregnancies and deliveries, Memorial for Women was recognized by the March of Dimes and Louisiana Hospital Association for the work it has done in eliminating unnecessary early deliveries. The hospital has eliminated all early elective deliveries before the 39th week of pregnancy for the past three years. We are one of only 18 hospitals in the state and the only one in southwest Louisiana to meet the criteria for recognition. March of Dimes created the hospital recognition banner program to recognize hospitals that have achieved optimal success in the elimination of non-medically indicated elective deliveries before 39 weeks gestational age.

Offers a Pregnancy App: Download our FREE iPhone, iPad or Android app and stay connected with us throughout your pregnancy and beyond. Our app features weekly milestones via push notifications, animations and videos, personal journal with social media capabilities and trackers for appointments, weight management, contractions and immunizations. Search Memorial Mommy in your App Store.

Gives Individualized Labor Support: Activity, positioning, walking and special techniques, such as the birth ball, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy and massage, can shorten labor, reduce stress and decrease the need for pain medication.

Favors Your Decision To Choose Your Method Of Pain Control: Whether a mother chooses natural childbirth, pain medication or an epidural, the Family Birth Center supports her decision.

Supports Your Decisions About Breastfeeding: Should you decide to breastfeed, our nurses are specially trained to enhance the breastfeeding experience while promoting the healthiest beginning for each baby. Memorial for Women has achieved Louisiana’s highest breastfeeding quality designation. The Gift designation is awarded statewide to Louisiana birthing facilities who improve hospital practices and policies that are aligned with the evidence-based, internationally recognized Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding of the WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Policy development, education of staff, patient education and provision of discharge resources for breastfeeding mothers are key components of the program. Read more here.

Allows You To Decide Who Is Present For The Birth: Our private, spacious labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) suites allow a mother to choose who - and how many - will be present at her baby's birth.

Offers A Baby Lounge Nursery: Each mother can choose to keep her baby in the room or have the baby brought to the Baby Lounge Nursery, our well-baby nursery. The length of time is completely up to the mother.

Prepares Families For The Entire Birth Experience: From a Prepared Childbirth Class to Breastfeeding Class to Infant CPR, expectant parents have a variety of classes to choose from, making the journey to parenthood more rewarding. Browse our calendar for available class dates. Tours are also offered every first Thursday of each month at 1:30pm promptly in the front lobby. Tours are also offered after each Prenatal Class. If these times do not work for your schedule, please call 337-480-7243 to make an appointment or take the virtual tour.

Provides The Highest Level Of Care Should Complications Arise: Physicians who specialize in high-risk pregnancies and premature babies are on staff, and Memorial for Women's facilities are equipped for high-risk and cesarean births.

Offers Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum Suites: For the duration of your delivery and hospital stay, your birthing experience takes place in a spacious, modern, private labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum suite. The LDRP suite is designed to provide a nurturing, supportive, and home-like environment for you, your baby, and your family, yet is equipped to handle your personal and medical needs. Take the virtual tour.

Encourages Customized Birth Plan: At the Family Birth Center we want your birth experience to be based on your choices. To achieve this goal, we have created an outline to assist you in developing your very own Birth Plan. Please use this guide to define exactly how you want your birth experience to be.

Once you have completed your Birth Plan, make a copy and bring it to your next doctor's appointment. You will want to discuss this plan in detail with your physician so that there are no surprises on your big day. Once you and your doctor have agreed on all the particulars, have your doctor sign your Birth Plan and bring it with you when you arrive at the Family Birth Center for your delivery.

Please note that the Birth Plan you create is not a binding agreement. You may change your decisions at any time you wish. However, a well thought-out plan is the best guarantee that the delivery of your baby will go according to your wishes. With the exception of an unexpected medical emergency, we will work very hard to ensure that your plan is followed as closely as possible. Tours of the Family Birth Center can be scheduled by calling our Childbirth Educator at 337-480-7243.

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Memorial for Women
1900 W. Gauthier Road
Lake Charles, LA 70605
(337) 480-7000