Labor and Delivery

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 or click here to register.
  • 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.