|Maternity & Childbirth
Maternity & Childbirth Services
If you’re welcoming a new little person into your family, Windham Hospital’s spacious, private rooms offer family-friendly accommodations. Your partner can participate in the entire birth process, from labor to delivery and recovery. The entire process occurs in one room—no disruptive moves—and comfortable furniture gives the room a pleasant, home-style feeling. There is ample room for rooming-in Dads and a private bath in each room. Liberal visiting policies and family lounges allow other family members extra time to get acquainted with the newest member of the family. Whether this is your first child, or your fourth, this is a very special time for you, and our staff will help you make it happen.
Windham Hospital offers a team approach…and we have a dedicated team of experts who see you through every stage of your pregnancy. We offer preparation classes leading up to the birth. Throughout labor and delivery, experienced RNs are by your side, supporting and guiding you. A high-tech monitoring system allows physicians and other caregivers to follow your progress, either in the room or remotely. Following the delivery, our staff offers help and expert advice, including nursing coaching. You and your baby are in the best of hands at Windham Hospital!
Visiting the New FamilyPost-Partum
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, one 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.
One support person may be in the operating room during the 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.
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.
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:
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 pm. 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.
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)
NEW! HypnoBirthing, Monday evenings 6:30 to 9 PM (contact Kathy Glucksman, BSN, IBCLC, HBCE at 860.875.4957)
We offer these classes on a rolling schedule or by arrangement:
Contact Childbirth Education, 860.456.6894 for any of the above classes
- 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
- 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.