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.

Take a virtual tour of our hospital here

Family-centered care

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.

Mother-baby nursing

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 gestational age.

Pregnancy App

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, 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.

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 Tuesday 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 Health System.

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 Park Boulevard.