Family Birthplace

Family Birthplace

Memorial's Family Birthplace staff delights in joining our patients to celebrate the birth of each new baby. The first baby was delivered at Memorial in 1950, the year the hospital opened. Since then, Memorial has developed one of the most comprehensive and sophisticated maternity care programs in Washington

For decades, Memorial has been the hospital Yakima's families have continued to trust to bring new life into the world. In the last decade the hospital has delivered more than 28,000 babies. From joyfully welcoming new arrivals from the beginning of pregnancy through labor and delivery, and all the parenting and growing stages along the way, our team will help fathers- and mothers-to-be plan and look forward to the special time of childbirth.

As one of the four perinatal centers in our state, we offer the comfort of knowing a team of specialists is nearby should there be any complications with mother or baby. Being designated as one of four perinatal centers in the state means that Memorial's Family Birthplace also offers specialty care for at-risk infants.

Nurses estimate more than a third of the babies that are treated in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) were born to parents who expected a healthy delivery, and did not anticipate that they might need extra care and skilled nursing. The fact that a neonatologist is just a floor away puts delivering mothers at ease.

Expectant parents can take a virtual tour of our beautiful Family Birthplace where the entire labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care takes place in one of our private rooms. By taking a few minutes to create familiarity with the Family Birthplace in the last few months of pregnancy, expecting parents can ask questions and benefit from a comprehensive understanding of Memorial's state-of-the-art facility and Family Birthplace team.

Memorial's Family Birthplace looks forward to helping families welcome their new little ones into the world.

Family Birthplace provides the following services:

  • Prenatal Programs and Services:
    • Family planning.
    • Genetic counseling.
    • Childbirth education.
    • Pre-registration and childbirth planning.
    • Lactation consultants.
  • Labor, delivery and postpartum:
    • Private birthing suites.
    • NICU.
    • ABC clinic is changing to Healthy Beginnings Care Center, a wellness center for parents and their newborns in January 2015. Patient appointments at Healthy Beginnings will be available by physician referral as part of their regular maternity care. The appointment will be scheduled before patients leave the hospital after delivery. To enhance the patient experience, the center will be open additional hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Patients will have the opportunity for up to six infant visits (if necessary) with the original physician referral.

Childbirth Education And Learning Classes

Meet Our Childbirth Educators

  • Christine
  • Kari
  • Rosanne
  • Lori
  • Trini
  • Rodger
  • Courtney

Childbirth Education classes cover what to expect during late pregnancy, labor delivery and postpartum. Learn relaxation and breathing techniques, comfort measures and discuss medication options for delivery. Please note: You should end your classes one month before your due date if possible. Included with your childbirth class (at no additional charge) are two of our one-time classes.

Baby Basics Diapering, bathing, feeding; there's so much involved with in caring for a newborn! Learn all the infant basics, what you can do to be organized and gain insight into recognizing baby's "cues."

Successful Breastfeeding Before baby arrives, give yourself a head start by learning helpful breastfeeding techniques and solutions for common breastfeeding problems. Breast pumps will also be discussed. Dads/support person are asked to attend.

Boot Camp for New Dads Veteran dads (experienced fathers who bring their babies) orient rookies (fathers-to-be) on the realities of fatherhood. Topics addressed are caring for new moms, importance of teamwork, dad's role, baby care, crying babies, postpartum adjustment and safety.

View our Childbirth Education and Learning classes* here.

*Winner of 2011 eHealthcare Leadership Award for Best Interactive Site and Best Health/Healthcare Content.

E-Learning: Childbirth Education Online!

Memorial Hospital offers online childbirth classes as a perfect alternative for those who cannot attend a conventional childbirth class.

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Please note pre-registration is required.

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Click here to view a demo of our online Childbirth Education Classes.

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