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Family Birthing Center - Baton Rouge

When you deliver in the Ochsner Family Birthing Center - Baton Rouge, you are safe in the center of one of the nation's top-ranked health systems. The Birthing Center is located on the 4th floor of Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge, giving your medical team access to all the resources of a full-service hospital, just in case you need extra help during delivery.

You are welcome to design your own birthing plan, in partnership with your provider. We want your delivery day to meet all of your expectations.


Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge was the FIRST birthing facility in the state to be recognized as a Baby-Friendly designated birth facility.

Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (“BFHI”), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this prestigious international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

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Labor and Delivery rooms are twice the size of normal hospital rooms to create the experience of home for mother and baby.

The Family Birthing Center includes:

  • 6 large birthing rooms
  • 2 nearby operating rooms
  • 2 suites with built-in birthing tubs
  • 14 patient rooms
  • All private rooms
  • Level-3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), with a "starlight" ceiling
  • 4 observation rooms
  • Family waiting rooms for Labor and Delivery and NICU

Colleen Newman, MSN  talks about Midwifery

The Family Birthing Center is staffed by seven board-certified OB/GYN physicians plus a collaborative midwifery practice with six certified nurse midwives and one advanced practice nurse. Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge will be the only hospital in the area to offer a midwifery program to its patients and provides a number of alternative birthing options.

Contact Us

To schedule a tour of our unit, call 225-236-5893. To schedule an appointment for same day access to one of our providers, call 225-761-5239.

The Family Birthing Center is located at Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge

Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge  is a fully accredited hospital offering all-private rooms, 24-hour emergency care, as well as advanced specialty care including cardiology and orthopedic procedures.

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Certified Nurse Midwives

A certified nurse midwife and doctor meet with expectant moms during their pregnancy.

Certified Nurse Midwives are experts in traditional vaginal birth and have a deep trust in women's bodies and the birth process. They encourage women and their families to actively participate in their healthcare by providing individualized education, counseling, pre-natal care, labor and delivery, and postpartum support.

Certified Nurse Midwives believe that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes. They feel that labor is best experienced in a place where women feel safe and have attendants that they know and trust. All aspects of a woman are involved in pregnancy and childbirth including her feelings, hopes, fears and physical, spiritual and practical needs, as well as those of her partners.

The birth process is unique to each woman, and we are founded on these beliefs. Our board-certified OB/GYN physicians support this philosophy and are readily available for assistance if it becomes necessary.

Other Birthing Options

We support each patient's choice including natural birth, water birth or medicated birth. Birthing tubs, showers, birth balls and birthing chairs are available, as well as monitoring that allows patient mobility.

In addition, our Certified Nurse Midwives offer well-woman services including yearly exams and birth control.