Family Birth Center
Southwest Lousiana's Birth Leader
At Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women, we believe it is important
for exptectant moms 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.
Memorial's Family Birth Center has the total package, specialized medical
experience in a beautiful, home-like setting. We offer the most progressive
maternity care in Lake Charles with our Mother/Baby Couplet Model of Care.
Tours of the Family Birth Center can be scheduled by calling our Childbirth
Educator at 337-480-7243.
We recognize that the family, however you define it, is mom’s main
source of strength and support. With that in mind, all baby care, including
baths, physicals and pediatrician checks, is completed in your hospital
room. Your doctors, nurses and equipment come to you, at your convenience
and not on the hospital’s rigid schedule. Moms, and families, get
one-on-one instruction and personal assistance with taking care of baby—from
feeding to diapering to care of the umbilical cord. This type of care
promotes family bonding and attachment.
Instead of having two nurses - one for you and one for your infant - mothers
and babies will be cared for as a ‘couplet’ by one mother-baby
nurse. Families spend more time together because your baby won’t
have to leave the room for nursing care, physician exams or shift changes.
Your mother-baby nurse is expertly cross-trained to understand both parent
and newborn needs.
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. The Family Birth Center
offers 24 suites specially designed to accommodate women through every
phase of the delivery process. Staffed with registered nurses who are
skilled in high-risk deliveries, the Family Birth Center has three surgical
suites for cesarean section deliveries. 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.
Our Early Labor department has been newly remodeled and expanded. The area
has grown from three beds to six and has also added two chair stations
to monitor and assess women who are experiencing early labor symptoms.
39 Week Initiative Recognition
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
Educating you about the miracle of childbirth is important along your childbirth
journey. Memorial for Women moms are encouraged to use our Memorial Mommy
App to track their pregancy.Download our FREE iPhone, iPad or Android
app and stay connected and informed 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.
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. No one knows you like
YOU. Whether you choose natural childbirth, pain medication or an epidural,
the Family Birth Center supports your decision.
The GIFT Breastfeeding Designation
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,
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.
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.
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. In addition, you have
the assurance of a full team of specialists and specialties backed by
the largest healthcare system in southwest Lousiana....Lake Charles Memorial
If you are in labor or for an
ob-related emergency, go to Memorial for Women, 1900 W. Gauthier Road, and report
to the early labor & delivery area.
If you have a
non-ob related emergency, go to Memorial Hospital's Emergency Department, 1701 Oak