Childbirth & Neonatal Services

Specially trained nursing staff, midwives and obstetric doctors deliver compassionate, family-centered care in a safe, nurturing environment. From childbirth education and delivery to breastfeeding support and Pediatric services, we are here with you and your family every step of the way.

Choose Valley for a remarkable birth experience!

Congratulations. We're honored you're considering Valley Medical Center as the place to begin this wonderful new chapter in your life. Every year more than 3,000 babies get their start here. You'll find Valley Medical Center a resource for birth preparation classes, prenatal fitness, breastfeeding help and advice about parenting and medical care. We appreciate each family's differing needs and we go out of our way to make your baby's birth a joyful, memorable event. 

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Valley Medical Center is an accredited Baby-Friendly hospital. Learn more.

Visitor policy: In most cases, Birth Center patients in labor and postpartum are allowed four asymptomatic support persons. See Valley's revised visitor policy.

State-of-the-art Care, Soothing Surroundings

birthclass-birth-suite-lg.jpgVMC's state-of-the-art Birth Center offers a welcoming experience for the entire family, with a home-like setting that allows you and your family to relax and direct your attention to getting to know your new baby:

  • Private, suite-like rooms for labor, birth and recovery
  • Free, in-room, on-demand movies
  • DVD/CD player
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Room service meal delivery and a meal voucher for your partner
  • Family lounge with cable TV, vending machines, microwave and sink
  • Virtual classes in childbirth preparation
  • Specially trained lactation nurses to help you with breastfeeding
  • Hearing screeners and birth registrars
  • A first-class security system so everyone rests easier
  • Nurses who know how to teach you and your family to care for your precious new baby

Your comfort is important to us. 

  • Hydrotherapy whirlpool baths
  • A full range of options for managing pain, from massage to narcotic-free nitrous oxide* or epidural anesthesia 
  • Birthing balls and birthing bars to help facilitate labor
  • Daybed for family members to stay in comfort

The comforts of The Birth Center are matched by the expert level of care you receive. Our specially trained nursing staff, midwives and obstetric doctors provide compassionate, family-centered care in a safe, nurturing environment. 

Top Notch Care for Parents and Babies

  • Advanced care for high-risk pregnancies
  • A Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for babies who are premature or have special needs

The Birth Center has an obstetric specialist, called a hospitalist, on duty 24-hours a day, 365 days a year for the safety of our patients and new arrivals. This innovative program ensures that a physician is available in the event of an obstetric emergency, including Caesarean births.

Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

In the unlikely event your baby requires intensive care—you’re at the right place. Valley Medical Center houses the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit between Seattle and Tacoma, with neonatology specialists (doctors, registered nurses and nurse practitioners trained to care for premature and sick babies) in house 24-hours a day. Learn more about Valley's NICU. 

Deciding where to have your baby?

Don't assume your hospital offers vitally important services on-site to help ensure you and your baby's comfort and safety. 

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Find a provider who delivers at VMC

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Your health care provider will help you establish a schedule of prenatal care for the entire duration of your pregnancy. Our experienced physicians have specialized training in the care of women during pregnancy, labor and childbirth. Learn more about the different types of obstetric providers at Valley. 

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"All I heard was my son’s cry as he took his first breath."

Misty stopped feeling the baby's movement and went in to see her doctor. She was immediately admitted to Valley Medical Center's Birth Center for an induced delivery.

Read Misty's Story