Woman Holding Her Newborn

Family Birthing Center

Support through labor and delivery

The birth of a child is nothing short of a miracle. Whether you're expecting your first baby or have been through childbirth before, you deserve the best care and support in making your miracle happen.

The Family Birthing Place consists of four warmly decorated suites, which resemble a master bedroom more than a medical center room. You will enjoy one comfortable, private suite for your labor, delivery and recovery stay, without changing rooms. We've added many of the comforts of home, so you can relax in a Jacuzzi bath, watch a movie or play soothing music on the stereo.

To prepare for your delivery, we offer a childbirth preparation class. Learn more here.

Birthing suite

We realize the birth of a child is often a family affair. Each suite includes a soft, leather recliner so your birthing partner can be with you at any time. Our nearby waiting room welcomes your family and friends. While we encourage your baby to be with you as much as possible, our nursery is available for the baby when you need to rest.

Visiting and feeding

Visiting and feeding hours are entirely up to you and the baby. We encourage short visits between the hours of 9 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Our experience

Our staff were directly involved in the development of our unit. They are committed to making your birthing experience everything you've hoped it would be. Our staff of experienced maternity nurses know how to turn knowledge into a warm, caring family feeling.

However, if you should need that extra degree of care, our surgical and anesthesia teams provide 24-hour coverage. A Level 1 nursery is also available.

Neonatal transport to intermediate nursery

Most babies are born healthy, but sometimes a newborn starts life with special needs. To care for these babies, Adventist Health Tillamook offers registered nurses certified in neonatal resuscitation and infant stabilization. For babies requiring advanced care, we work with hospitals in the Portland area to facilitate transfers to their neonatal intensive care units.

Return to nursery

To ensure a safe first week after birth of all newborns, we offer a follow-up appointment 48 hours after discharge. This follow-up visit allows the nursing staff to screen and assess you and your baby for things such as eating problems, breastfeeding issues and jaundice. We provide the support and TLC many moms need after discharge. Referrals for any identified concerns will be facilitated by the nursing staff. This visit also provides time for you to ask any additional questions about you or your baby's care.

Breastfeeding Support

Robin Becker, RN, IBCLC, is a labor and delivery nurse, an international board-certified lactation consultant and mom of three. Robin would like to help you get breastfeeding off to the best start by meeting with you and with your partner, family member or support person.

  • Prenatal education visits: We offer an education visit to help you know what to expect with breastfeeding and help get you off to the best start. We cover how to make sure your baby is getting enough milk and how to position baby for the most comfort in feedings. Common challenges are discussed, with strategies of how to overcome them.
  • Hospital visit: You can request to see the lactation consultant if you have concerns or questions about breastfeeding while you are in the hospital. It can be reassuring to have someone observe a feeding and offer suggestions to enhance comfort.
  • Outpatient visits: After you go home, you can call and make an appointment if you would like help with common challenges like engorgement, nipple soreness or other concerns you may have. We can also help you with planning pumping and milk storage for when you go back to work and with weaning when you and your baby reach that stage.

For an appointment, call 503-815-2289. You may also leave a voice mail message at 503-815-7488 or email BeckerRL@ah.org. Appointments are available Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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