Temporary Visitor Restrictions
During these uncertain times with the COVID-19 pandemic, getting you the care you need is of utmost importance to us. Learn more about the temporary visitor policies and care team adjustments.
Please note our new visitor badge process (outlined below) starting Jan. 16, 2020.
Renovated for Your Family's Comfort
Our new birth center provides the comforts of home alongside the latest technology. We've thought of everything to keep you comfortable and safe.
The Froedtert Hospital Birth Center is located within Children's Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Our obstetricians and anesthesia providers are available in the hospital 24 hours a day.
Most births go just as planned, but in the event there are complications during your pregnancy or labor you will have access to our Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists and Children’s Wisconsin’s state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care unit. With 70 private rooms, it is the largest Level IV NICU in Wisconsin.
The Birth Center's advanced capabilities eliminate the need for transfers to other facilities — whatever the complication — and provide additional assurance to parents and families.
The Birth Center Experience
When you arrive at the Birth Center, our staff will evaluate you to determine the most appropriate plan of care.
Our private birthing suites are designed with the complete comfort and safety of mother and baby in mind. Each room is equipped with advanced technology and equipment, while blending comfortable, home-like surroundings. Your partner is welcome to be at your side during the birth of your baby, and our staff is available to provide all the support and assistance you need.
It is important that you understand your pain management options and remain flexible on choices to manage pain during labor. We offer many options for your comfort throughout labor, from breathing and relaxation techniques and birthing balls, to whirlpool tubs and epidural anesthesia. All pain management options are available 24 hours a day.
If a cesarean birth is needed, our Birth Center offers three state-of-the-art operating rooms located in labor and delivery. Our physicians and anesthesiologists are available 24 hours a day to provide the safest care possible to you and your baby.
Some of our new amenities and patient offerings include:
- Flat-screen television
- Private spa-inspired bathroom
- Convenient room service, offering a wide variety of menu selections
- USB charging stations
- Sleeper sofa available for support person
- Free Wi-Fi
- Access to lactation consultants
After You Give Birth
Our postpartum rooms feature services and amenities designed to allow families the time they need to rest, bond and welcome their new addition in comfort. With welcoming furnishings and a soothing design and color scheme, each suite is equipped with the latest technology while offering many home-like comforts.
Your baby will stay with you after birth, unless he or she needs extra monitoring or assistance. Babies who need a little bit of extra help — such as oxygen or IV antibiotics — receive care in our Level II special care nursery, located within our Mother-Baby Unit. Staff members are available 24/7 to help parents learn how to support and care for their infants.
Babies who need advanced medical support receive care at the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of Children’s Wisconsin, located in the same building as our Birth Center.
Froedtert Hospital Birth Center Classes
We do not currently offer any in-person Froedtert Hospital Birth Center classes or tours. Please take a look at our online birth classes, available from any device connected to the internet. Interactive exercises include videos, helpful tools, checklists and trackers. To register, please call 414-805-3666.
Virtual Pathway to Parenthood Prenatal Education Program
This FREE seven-class series presented virtually by the Froedtert Hospital Birth Center covers pregnancy, labor and birth, breastfeeding, infant safety and infant care, and includes hands-on experience in a simulated nursery. Please call 414-805-4777 (press option 1) for more information on scheduling and program eligibility. Download the brochure and class schedule. These classes are only available to patients delivering at the Froedtert Hospital Birth Center.
Virtual Breastfeeding Classes
The Breastfeeding 101 and Returning to Work and Breastfeeding class are offered through the Pathway to Parenthood prenatal program. The breastfeeding classes are free to patients delivering at Froedtert Hospital only. Please call 414-805-4777 (press option 1) to schedule your breastfeeding classes. View the class calendars.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Perinatal Group
Mindfulness is an accepting and non-judgmental awareness of thoughts, emotions and present circumstances. MBCT blends cognitive therapy and mindfulness practices. Participants familiarize themselves with modes of thinking that contribute to negative mood states and develop new relationships to thoughts to promote healthier ways of living. Research has shown this approach to be quite effective, including:
- Reducing depressive symptoms, especially in preventing recurrence of depression
- Relieving anxious symptoms
- Lowering stress
- Promoting sleep
- Supporting healthy interpersonal relationships
This group is designed for women attempting conception, those who are pregnant and those who are up to 12 months postpartum. Each session lasts eight weeks and includes at-home daily skill practice. This eight-week group is offered several times per year. For additional information or to schedule an intake appointment, please call 414-805-7296.
Froedtert Hospital Birth Center Visitor Guidelines
As part of our efforts to take the best care of our patients, guests and staff, Froedtert Hospital will phase in a new visitor badge process starting Jan. 16, 2020.
Anyone visiting the Birth Center will need to park in the Children’s Wisconsin parking structure (located at 92nd Street and Watertown Plank Road). Use the skywalk to enter the building and stop at the Information Desk. From there, visitors will be directed to the 7th floor of the Froedtert Hospital Birth Center. Upon entering the Froedtert Hospital Birth Center, visitors will be asked to:
- Stop at the check-in desk.
- Provide a photo ID (applies to those age 18 and older).
- Have their picture taken for a temporary ID badge.
- Wear the badge while in the hospital (please wear badge visibly above the waist).
- Return the badge at the check-in desk when you are ready to leave the hospital.
- Get a new badge if you return or if badge expires. (Badges begin to expire after 16-24 hours.)
Allow a few extra minutes for this check-in process to make the most of your visiting time.
Temporary Visitor Restrictions and Care Team Adjustments
To help ensure the safety of our staff, patients and visitors, the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Birth Center has implemented temporary visitor guidelines during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. These changes are effective March 27.
We are allowing one support person per hospital visit in all areas.
We will be screening all Birth Center visitors at the health unit coordinator desks for COVID-19. If you are a Support Person and, during your screening, you present with any of the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
We will provide you with a mask and encourage you to contact your primary care provider and/or the Froedtert & MCW COVID-19 hotline number at 414-805-2000.
- The mask must be worn at all times, covering your nose and mouth.
- We highly encourage you to not go anywhere else in the hospital.
If you continue to have symptoms, we ask that you continue to wear mask and wash your hands.
IMPORTANT: A known POSITIVE support person will not be allowed to enter the Birth Center.
Help protect yourself and others around you.
- Try to stay in the hospital as much as possible, until discharge.
- If you must leave, please limit your exposure to essential-only areas outside of the hospital.
- PLEASE wash your hands for at least 20 seconds (especially after being in a public place, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing) before returning to the patient’s room.
- Utilize hand sanitizer when soap and water are not readily available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.