Birthing Care, Menomonee Falls
At Community Memorial Hospital’s Birth Center, located in the Women’s Health Center, we are committed to relationship-centered birthing care. We know how important your family is to you, so we do everything we can to ensure your family feels safe and comfortable here during delivery.
When a patient is in labor, we identify her support person right away so we can include him or her every step of the way, and we encourage the support person to sleep in the room to be available for the patient.
After delivery, the baby stays in the room with the mother; however, if mom needs a break, the baby will be in good hands in our nursery. If complications should arise during pregnancy, Medical College of Wisconsin specialists in high-risk pregnancies (perinatologists) see patients at Community Memorial, working collaboratively with the patient’s doctor to help keep mom and baby healthy.
For babies who need extra medical care, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin board-certified, fellowship-trained neonatologists work on site at Community Memorial to provide the specialized care infants may require. Our Level II NICU provides a caring environment designed with the whole family in mind.
We provide a number of breastfeeding and baby care services for pregnant women and new moms, including:
- lactation consultants
- breast pumps for rental or purchase
- physical therapy
Our Delivery Team
Your baby’s birth will involve a number of people, including:
- Caring, experienced registered nurses, many of whom are certified in labor and delivery or special care for newborns
- Obstetric technicians who are specially trained to assist with deliveries
- Board-certified lactation consultants who are available for in-hospital education and follow-up care
- A discharge coordinator who works with mothers who have special concerns
The Birth Center is built around 13 spacious labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) suites. Each suite welcomes families with soft, warm decor, arched ceilings and tall windows that fill the room with natural light. A private ceramic-tiled bathroom with a large shower features a hand-held shower spray that massages and soothes. A comfortable couch opens to an extra bed for the baby’s father or a family member to spend the night.
Rest and Bonding
We believe it is important for mothers and babies to have private time, so between 2 and 4 p.m. daily, we dim the lights in the unit and minimize nurses’ checks. However, friends and family can still see baby during visiting hours.
Community Memorial Hospital contracts with BabyBeauty Photography to take newborn and family photos. A photographer is available to photograph every baby with the parents’ permission. Parents can purchase prints directly from BabyBeauty. Visit the online baby gallery.
Special Care for Newborns
All our nurses are certified in neonatal resuscitation. If unexpected complications arise, our staff will work closely with our neonatologists, available 24 hours a day, who will determine the best place for care. Our Level II NICU has the technology needed to provide long-term care for babies.
In 2001, the Wisconsin legislature passed a Safe Haven law allowing any parent to anonymously surrender an unharmed infant to a hospital, fire station, sheriff's office, police station or emergency medical services provider within three days of the baby’s birth. At Community Memorial Hospital, parents can bring infants to the Emergency Department or the Birth Center and be safe from criminal liability.
You can pre-register by completing the Birth Center Preadmission Reservation. Please mail this form to the Birth Center at Community Memorial Hospital between the 16th and 20th weeks of pregnancy.
The admitting office uses this information to start your chart, which will be ready for your review when you come to the hospital. In addition to reviewing the information you previously provided, you will also need to make a copy of your insurance card. If you have any questions about the information requested on the form, contact the Admission Office at Community Memorial Hospital, 262-257-3883.
Arrival at Community Memorial Hospital
You and your doctor will decide when it is time for you to come to the hospital. When you arrive at Community Memorial Hospital, enter at Driveway “A.” Enter the building at the door marked INPATIENT REGISTRATION/EMERGENCY and go to the inpatient admitting area. After completing the admission procedure you will be taken to the Birth Center on the second floor. Review a list of what you should bring to the hospital for mom and baby.