Pregnancy, Childbirth & Postpartum Care
From infertility care to genetic counseling, prenatal testing to expert management of high-risk pregnancies, we offer comprehensive, warmly personal prenatal care. Our infertility and reproductive endocrinology specialists achieve pregnancy rates in the nation’s top one percent.
Infertility and Reproductive Endocrinology
Our physicians are board-certified in both obstetrics and gynecology, as well as reproductive endocrinology and infertility. We offer the most advanced infertility therapies available, including endocrinology, surgical and in-vitro fertilization techniques.
Prenatal Care at Danbury Hospital
Our Danbury Hospital obstetricians are board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. They are assisted by a highly skilled group of registered nurses, physician assistants and technicians. We offer expert maternal-fetal medicine care for the management of high-risk pregnancies, as well as board-certified neonatologists in the hospital 24 hours a day to care for premature or sick babies.
High Risk Pregnancy Care at Danbury Hospital
Women may consult a maternal-fetal medicine physician before getting pregnant for pre-conception counseling or during the pregnancy if concerns arise. Services are available in the Danbury Hospital Family Birth Center and on an outpatient basis.
You may want to consult with a perinatologist for preconception counseling before pregnancy if you have:
- High blood pressure
- Preeclampsia (high blood pressure) during pregnancy
- Other medical conditions that may be affected by or could impact your pregnancy.
Our maternal-fetal medicine physicians also assist pregnant women who are:
- Carrying multiple babies
- Experiencing premature labor
- Concerned about the developing fetus
- Managing an existing medical condition or who develop a medical condition (such as gestational diabetes) that impacts mother-baby health.
We also care for pregnant women who require long hospital stays (observation) to ensure the well-being of both mother and child.
Genetic Counseling & Prenatal Testing
The Antenatal Testing Suite at Danbury Hospital offers genetic counseling services and antepartum (“before childbirth”) tests to assess the health and development of your baby.
Antepartum tests can include:
- Prenatal genetic counseling
- Anatomic level II ultrasounds
- Chorionic villus sampling (CVS)
- Non-stress tests to monitor the baby’s heart rate before the stress of labor.
Childbirth Education and Breastfeeding Classes
Our childbirth education classes, Programs for Parents, give both partners the opportunity to learn about the details of giving birth and to share their joys and concerns with other expectant parents. Instructors from the Family Birth Center explain the changes that occur throughout pregnancy and prepare you for childbirth and what to expect once the baby arrives.
- Programs For Parents 2 day course:
- Childbirth preparation
- Baby care basics
- One-Day Childbirth Preparation Class – Baby Care Basics: Programs for Parents offers a one-day Childbirth Preparation Class. Visit our Events page to learn more and register.
- Breastfeeding Class: Programs for Patients offers a Breastfeeding class for expectant parents. Please call (866) 374-0007 to register.
- Tour of the Family Birth Center: Expectant parents may also tour the Family Birth Center. Registration is required. Please call (866) 374-0007 to register.
At Danbury Hospital, we know that every birth is special! Our Family Birth Center is designed to provide a lovely, homelike environment, while also being equipped with advanced technology if it is needed. From our tasteful accommodations to extra-personal care from expert obstetricians and other birthing professionals, we know how to pamper mothers and their new babies.
We believe in family involvement; we encourage you to bring a family member to support you through labor and delivery.
- Please pre-register for childbirth before you reach the 30-week mark in your pregnancy. Please call (866) 374-0007 to register. Click here to download the Maternity Pre-Admission Form.
- Expectant parents may also tour the Family Birth Center. Registration is required. Please call (866) 374-0007 to register.
Labor and Delivery
Our expert labor and delivery staff provides warm and nurturing care. Our multidisciplinary team, including a doula staff, fosters an atmosphere of kindness and compassion. Anesthesiologists are available 24/7 for pain management; we have two operating rooms for caesarian deliveries.
Each room has its own bathroom and shower, color TV, private phone, and couch, and a large Jacuzzi tub. The latest medical technology is close at hand.
Doulas at Danbury Hospital
For more information about the Doulas Support Program, please call (203) 739-6932.
Doulas are professionally trained in the birthing experience to provide support and encouragement. Women can choose to have a doula during their stay at the Family Birth Center.
With her continuous presence, a doula sets the stage for well-being. She helps women use relaxation techniques to manage discomfort and makes sure they have everything they need during labor and delivery.
Mothers who have doulas present for the birth experience:
- Greater satisfaction with childbirth
- More positive assessments with their babies
- Less postpartum depression
- Increased self esteem
A doula’s presence benefits babies, too, including:
- Shorter hospital stays
- Less likely to be admitted to special care nurseries
- Breastfeed more easily
- Receive more affection from their mothers postpartum
Randomized clinical trials have indicated that the presence of a doula results in:
- 51% reduction in cesarean births
- 25% reduction in labor length
Managing the Discomfort of Childbirth
It's a good idea for you and your obstetrician to discuss your options for pain management during labor early in your pregnancy. Pain management options include:
- Lamaze or Bradley methods
- Position changes
- Breathing exercises
- Whirlpool tub and showers
- Massage, aromatherapy and other integrative medicine services
- IV medications
- Local or regional anesthetics, such as epidural anesthesia
- Patient-controlled analgesics (PCA) if you deliver by c-section.
At Danbury Hospital we are proud to provide advanced support in our Spratt Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the region’s only Level IIIB NICU. With advanced diagnostic imaging and a full staff of pediatric specialists, we’re prepared to “expect the unexpected”, and have the capability to provide care for critically ill infants and premature babies born as early as 23 weeks.
The modern 19,000-square-foot NICU is equipped with the latest technology, including 10 Giraffe OmniBeds, which provides the optimal microenvironment to help babies thrive during the first critical days and weeks of life. Services include high frequency oscillatory ventilation, nitric oxide therapy, surfactant therapy and percutaneous central venous line placement.
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (Connecticut Children’s) and Danbury Hospital have joined together to create a new pediatric alliance, and Connecticut Children’s neonatologists are now providing around-the-clock inpatient medical care for children at Danbury Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). When babies leave the NICU after treatment, neonatal patients are supported by Neonatal Neurodevelopmental Follow-Up Program and Medical Transition Program which help pediatricians provide the unique care these newborns need.The multidisciplinary NICU team includes neonatologists, specially trained neonatal nurses, and respiratory care therapists, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, social workers, pharmacists and pediatric specialists, as needed.
The NICU includes individual patient rooms that can accommodate 19 newborns. The NICU features rooms specially designed for twins and triplets, to keep the family together, and all rooms are equipped with amenities for parents who wish to stay overnight with their babies.
The design fosters family bonding by incorporating dedicated family space and amenities within each patient care room, including a sofa bed and wireless Internet access to accommodate parents who want to stay at the NICU. Single patient rooms are 250-square-feet. Two full bathrooms with showers are located in the family corridor for parents to use when they stay over. The facility also includes a parent respite center where family members can escape to deal with the emotional ups and downs they will face while their baby is treated at the NICU.
Many families who have spent time in our Level IIIB NICU connect at our Danbury Hospital NICU reunion. It’s a happy occasion, allowing members of the Danbury Hospital staff to say hello and enjoy seeing all the growing, healthy and smiling babies born at Danbury Hospital who started off in our NICU.
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Our Maternity Unit
Once you’ve given birth, we’ll help you settle comfortably into a private room, where we will provide care and support as your new family gets acquainted.
Each room is designed for your comfort, with soft lighting, pleasant artwork and a homelike décor. Every room includes amenities to help you rest comfortably and bond with your new baby:
- Comfortable sleeping accommodations for partners
- Flat-screen television
- Wireless Internet access and telephone
- Private bathrooms with showers
- Family lounge (a separate welcoming area for families awaiting the new arrival)
Though the days and weeks after birth are a joyous time, they can also be stressful. Danbury Hospital is here with expert care and supportive services for your whole family.
Our pediatricians and pediatric specialty physicians provide tender, loving care from the very first moments of life. We are here to help you adjust to feeding your new baby, including offering a variety of supports for breastfeeding. Our weekly “Mother/Baby Talk” support group is free to all new mothers.
Center for Breastfeeding
Whether to breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby is one of the most important decisions you'll make during your pregnancy.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, World Health Organization and UNICEF all support breastfeeding as the best way to feed newborns for the first year. Breastfeeding is a natural way for mothers and babies to bond; breast milk also contains all the nutrients, growth factors, hormones and antibodies a baby needs to grow and stay healthy. Infant formula has only about 40 of the natural components of breast milk.
Before delivery, women can take a prenatal breastfeeding class through our Programs for Parents that addresses common questions about breastfeeding. During their hospital stay, women meet with lactation consultants who are available to assist, support and develop individual infant feeding plans. After discharge, the Center for Breastfeeding continues to support breastfeeding families through telephone consultations as well as one-on-one outpatient consultation.
If you are undecided whether to breastfeed or have specific questions and concerns, please contact the Center for Breastfeeding for more information at (203) 739-7777.
Mother/Baby Talk Support Group
Danbury Hospital invites new mothers to attend the free support group, "Mother/Baby Talk." The group meets every Tuesday, from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm at the First Congregational Church in Bethel, CT on Main St. Mothers of newborns up to the age of six months meet to share questions and concerns about issues that arise during the unpredictable weeks and months following birth, including:
- Infant care
- Other postpartum issues
The program is free and welcomes all new mothers, regardless of where they delivered. Registration is required. Please call 203-739-7777.