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.