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

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.

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.

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. View the virtual tour here.

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. Tours are also offered every first Thursday of each month at 1:30pm promptly in the front lobby and 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 for a 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.

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. View the virtual tour here.

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