Childbirth & Maternity Services

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We have a long, proud tradition of excellence in Women’s Health Services in the Alma G. Hatch Women’s Center at Windham Hospital.

From the state-of-the-art birthing rooms to surgical suites and procedure rooms for diagnosis and treatment of a wide array of medical problems, Windham Hospital offers women a nurturing environment, caring, experienced staff members, and all the latest technology. It all adds up to exceptional service and support…for the birth of your new baby, for medical interventions, or for later-life situations.

Visiting the New Family
During the hospital stay, both Mom and Baby need time to bond, learn, rest, and recover. You can help make this an easier process for them by observing the visiting policy below, which was created to optimize our patients’ care and comfort.

Family-Conscious Visiting Policy
There are several stages in the Maternity Unit experience. With the mothers’ permission, a support person may stay throughout labor, delivery, and recovery.

Labor/Preparation for C-Section
Laboring women or women admitted to the hospital for a C-section may have up to three support people in the room during labor or preparation. During this phase, the atmosphere around the mother is kept as calm and quiet as possible.

C-Section Delivery
One support person may be in the operating room during the delivery.

Delivery
Immediately after birth, the infant is dried and placed skin-to-skin with the mother. This helps the newborn baby stabilize and begin bonding.

Recovery
The first hour following delivery is devoted to recovery. If needed, this time may be extended to permit optimum recovery. Skin-to-skin contact between Mom and Baby is maintained when possible. Mothers are encouraged to breast feed or bottle feed Baby as soon as they are able.

Post-Partum
This is the remainder of the time Mom and Baby are in the hospital. Mothers are encouraged to have their babies “room in” with them. This rooming in helps Mom and Baby learn each others’ rhythms and cues. The visiting policy during this time is as follows:

Support Person(s)
May come to the unit at any time. One person may stay overnight in the new mother’s room.

Grandparents/Siblings of the New Baby
May come in any time after delivery and recovery. Any sibling under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult, other than the patient, at all times.

All other family and friends
Visiting hours are from 12 noon to 8 p.m.
Please contact the patient before you arrive at the hospital, to make sure your visit is enjoyable for all. We limit the number of visitors to four people at a time, in addition to the support person. All others are welcome to wait in the Atrium/Main lobby. Children under 12 years of age are not allowed in the Maternity Unit unless they are siblings of the newborn baby.

And for Expectant Parents:

Childbirth Education Classes
The best time for an expectant mother or parents to register for classes is in the beginning of the 4th month of pregnancy. Call 860.456.6894 to register. Minimum number of students per class: 2

One-Day Childbirth Education Classes (6 hours)

Lamaze Refresher Classes (4 hours)

HypnoBirthing, Monday evenings 6:30 to 9 p.m. (contact Kathy Glucksman, BSN, IBCLC, HBCE at 860.875.4957)

We offer these classes on a rolling schedule or by arrangement:
  • Prepared Childbirth Class (Lamaze)
  • Childbirth Refresher Class
  • Sibling at Birth (private class for children who wish to be present for the birth; minimum age: 5 years old; sibling must complete class prior to the delivery)
  • Adoption Class (care, feeding, home preparation)
  • Unit Tours: visit our state-of-the-art facility and meet our professional staff
Contact Childbirth Education, 860.456.6894 for any of the above classes

Breastfeeding classes (private or group setting)
Contact Pam Yerkes, Lactation Consultant, 860.456.6973 

Infant & Child CPR (basic life support & safety class)
Contact Nursing Education, 860.456.6859, for class information.

Fees vary for each class and are adjustable for those on financial assistance. Please call 860.456.6894 for further details.