The Family Birth Center at Sutter Amador Hospital was designed with families in mind. Our all-in-one labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum rooms feature natural decor in a serene setting —providing an ideal backdrop for your baby's entrance into the world.
Your Birthing Experience
Your healthcare provider works with you to make choices for your birthing experience based on your individual needs and desires. These choices encompass all aspects of the labor, birth, recovery and postpartum experience. You may choose your own options for birthing as long as they are safe choices for you and your baby.
We keep all mothers, babies and significant others together after delivery so you can experience this special bonding time as a family unit. Every effort will be made to accommodate your birth experience choices. You and your baby’s welfare are of utmost importance to us in determining if we can safely offer your choices at any given time. Discuss your expectations with your family and healthcare provider during pregnancy.
We encourage you and your family to make a plan for your labor and delivery experience, and notify your nursing team of this plan upon arrival at the hospital. Each of our patients labor, deliver and recover in a large, private room, where your partner and family can attend the birth. For our patient’s comfort, we usually allow up to five people in the labor room.
Options during labor include fetal heart rate monitoring while walking and around the clock access to childbirth anesthesia, including patient-controlled epidural analgesia, walking epidurals, intrathecal narcotics and traditional epidural analgesia. We have three dedicated operating rooms available for cesarean section births, should the need arise.
Once you’ve given birth, you and your baby are given an initial assessment of your condition by a registered nurse. We then encourage immediate skin-to-skin contact with your baby to help establish breastfeeding. We offer an uninterrupted hour of time after the birth of your child for you and your family to begin bonding with your little one.
To help encourage bonding and breastfeeding, your baby stays with you in your room. Our registered nurses are trained in breastfeeding and may refer you to our certified lactation consultants if you have complex breastfeeding issues. During your stay, we focus on giving you and your family all the information you need to care for yourself and your baby once you go home.
Each private postpartum room includes a bathroom with a shower and toilet, a sleeping space for your partner or support person and windows to enjoy natural sunlight. If you have a vaginal birth, your hospital stay is generally about one or two days. After a cesarean section birth, you can expect to stay approximately three days. In every case, the decision on when you go home is made by you and your physician based on you and your baby’s medical condition.