Pregnant in Tucson? Researching which hospital or birth center would be a good fit for your upcoming birth? We are proud to bring you the most comprehensive look at the FIVE different labor & delivery options in our city.
We’ve listed all five below in alphabetical order with a brief Q & A…answered by the center’s staff.
- Address: 350 N. Wilmot Rd, Tucson
- Phone: 520-873-3000
“Women’s Care at Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital is designed to provide excellent care in every phase of childbirth, with the most advanced medical capabilities. Our continuum of care includes comprehensive prenatal through postpartum care with perinatology services for high risk pregnancies. We offer a warm, home-like atmosphere for every woman’s personalized care throughout her stay.”
WHAT ARE THE ROOMS LIKE? They are very spacious and include all the latest technology available, as well as a large comfortable bed for mom, a walk-in shower, and a pull-out couch for others to spend the night. The colors and lighting were designed to promote relaxation and comfort. Rockers, birthing balls, and water massage tubs are available for new moms to promote comfort and relaxation.
BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT? Certified Lactation Consultants are available 7 days per week to support the new mom and baby.
HOW SOON CAN MOMS RETURN HOME POST-DELIVERY? The length of stay for mom is very individualized based on a mutual decision between her and her physician. Typically vaginal births stay two nights, c-sections stay three.
- Address: 5979 E. Grant Rd., #107, Tucson
- Phone: 520-795-9912
“We are most proud of the fact that we offer so many choices to families in Tucson. Our certified-nurse-midwives are credentialed at Tucson Medical Center as well as the birth center, and have a philosophy that each woman and family will experience the best care when they are making their own health care decisions.”
WHAT ARE THE ROOMS LIKE? The rooms each have a queen size bed with complimentary furniture and a huge birth tub, plus a separate bathroom. We use birth stools, balls, rocking chairs, music, and other comfort measures that are portable and can be used in any space by any family.
WATER BIRTHS? Ours is the only facility in southern Arizona offering water births—approximately half of our babies are born in the water!
EATING & DRINKING PERMITTED DURING LABOR? The mother may eat and drink as she chooses.
BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT? Breastfeeding is a priority in our work with mothers and babies. The Centers for Disease Control ranked us at 98/100 in their most recent mPINC survey (well above Arizona’s average 79%). We start talking to families about breastfeeding at their very first prenatal visit and continue to offer education throughout the pregnancy. Babies are not routinely separated from their mother and stay skin-to-skin for most of their stay at the birth center. Our birth facility complies with the World Health Organization’s infant feeding best practices. We have antenatal lactation consultation available for registered clients. We offer a free support group for babies and their loved ones twice a week. All the nurses and midwives maintain a high level of competency for evidence-based breastfeeding support.
HOW SOON CAN MOMS RETURN HOME POST-DELIVERY? We are a short-stay facility, licensed as outpatient, so our families go home within a few hours of birth. The home-like facility has strict guidelines for eligibility: you have to have prenatal care with the midwives, you have to be very healthy and without risk factors, and you have to demonstrate preparedness for going home early. Moms and babies have close follow up postpartum with registered nurses performing home visits, assessment, breastfeeding support, and newborn screening. Our mothers who birth at Tucson Medical Center have the full range of options that TMC offers, including the longer stay, epidural anesthesia, and VBAC.
Patients are guided in their length of stay with regards to their condition and their babies’ condition.
UPDATE FOR 2017 – A family practice physician has joined the birth center staff! She is available to family members of all ages for primary care.
Northwest Medical Center
- Address: 6200 N. LaCholla Blvd., Tucson
- Phone: 520-742-9000
“The Women’s Center at Northwest is a free standing, fully supported birth/newborn/ and women’s surgical inpatient facility in Tucson. It opened in 2000 with all private rooms, 24/7 in-house Anesthesia, 27/7 respiratory support, 24/7 Neonatology support, dedicated lactation consultants, Master’s prepared Social Worker’s to assist women and their families. Parking is very close to the main entrance. We provide 24/7 specialized tracking security system for the babies’ safety, WIFI for visitors and the family, and special celebration meals (either Dinner/Lunch or B’fast).
The LDR model of birthing is utilized. All mothers and their infants transfer from the labor/delivery room to a mother/baby room within 2 hours of birth. Babies stay with their mother, not in a nursery (unless the baby needs special care).”
WHAT ARE THE ROOMS LIKE? We have birthing balls and peanuts, rocking chairs, a select number of spa tubs, and there are showers in every room. The LDR rooms are approx. 225 sq. feet in size. Every birthing room and post-partum room includes a comfortable sleeping couch for the dad or partner to rest. The bed is a standard birthing bed.
WATER BIRTHS? We do not perform water births at Northwest.
EATING & DRINKING PERMITTED DURING LABOR? Eating and or drinking is a physician decision.
BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT? We have always had Lactation Consultants who round daily on patients requiring special attention. Additionally, every RN has received special education to assist all mothers with breastfeeding. Approx. 79% of all of our mothers elect to breastfeed their infants.
HOW SOON CAN MOMS RETURN HOME POST-DELIVERY? Mother’s stay post -partum is based on their condition.
- Address: 5301 E. Grant Rd., Tucson
- Phone: 520-327-5461
“TMC’s Labor and Delivery features a full team of professionals, all extensively trained in caring for mom and baby, including any rare crisis situations. Specialists are standing by 24 hours a day, every day, to handle any high risk pregnancy and deliveries. On-site specialists include perinatologists who are experts in maternal-fetal medicine, dedicated Labor & Delivery anesthesiologists, and neonatologists who care for babies needing extra assistance in TMC’s nationally renowned NICU (Newborn Intensive Care Unit), just across the hall.”
WHAT ARE THE ROOMS LIKE? TMC’s spacious Labor and Delivery rooms are all private, with built-in seating where birth coaches can rest. All the rooms are furnished with a peaceful motif, including all that is required for a safe, comfortable delivery: birthing balls, large beds that are fully convertible to handle any birthing position, and huge shower stalls for comfort in labor. Four of the rooms also have large bathtubs. Personalized birth plans are encouraged and welcomed.
WATER BIRTHS? Generally, TMC does not offer water births.
VBACS? TMC is able to support Vaginal Birth After Cesarean for previous c-section moms who wish to pursue trial of labor, and has many successful VBACs each year. Not all hospitals offer this option.
EATING & DRINKING? TMC does not encourage eating in later stages of labor.
BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT? TMC employs at least eight lactation consultants, all RNs and all internationally board certified (IBCLC). TMC is the only hospital in Southern Arizona to receive the prestigious global IBCLC Care Award for its outstanding Breastfeeding Support Program. All new moms who wish to receive a breastfeeding consultation will be seen, with consults available seven days a week. Lactation consultants also teach prenatal breastfeeding classes, and host new moms and their babies at weekly breastfeeding support group meetings. Outpatient consultations are available by appointment. TMC also provides a retail shop near Labor & Delivery (the Desert Cradle) that offers breastfeeding pumps, books, and supplies.
HOW SOON CAN MOMS GO HOME POST-DELIVERY? TMC expects stays to last about two days for a vaginal birth and two to four days after a cesarean birth.
BLOOD CORD DONATION Tucson Medical Center is the only hospital in Southern Arizona to collect donated umbilical cord blood as part of the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program. Expectant parents have the option of donating their baby’s umbilical cord blood to the Be The Match registry where it could save the life of someone with a life-threatening disease who needs a stem cell transplant. Donating cord blood does not hurt the mother or the baby. It does not change your labor or delivery and donation to a public bank is free.
University of Arizona Medical Center
- Address: 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson
- Phone: 520-694-8888
WHAT ARE THE ROOMS LIKE? Each patient labors in her own private room with fabulous mountain views (the best in town)! Labor rooms range in size from 219 to 267 sq. ft. Rooms are equipped with chairs and sleepers and private shower/bathroom. Regular birthing beds to keep patients safe. Birthing balls are available in each room for patients who desire to utilize them and families are encouraged to bring in whatever supplies they feel will assist in their birthing experience.
WATER BIRTHS? At this time, we do not have water births available.
EATING & DRINKING PERMITTED DURING LABOR? Eating and drinking is decided on a case by case basis through discussion of plan of care between the patient and her physician.
BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT? Immediate breastfeeding encouraged for those mothers who choose to do so. Lactation consultants are in the hospital and are available whenever needed. Patient may also request to be seen. Some nurses have completed the IBCLC (International Breastfeeding Certified Lactation Consultant) program, and all nursing staff attend lactation in-services.
Of course, the sixth alternative would be to deliver at HOME (which is an option in Tucson). If birthing at home interests you, you may want to contact Acacia Midwifery & Women’s Health Services, All Natural Birth At Home, and/or Amy Zenizo.
Best wishes for a safe and peaceful labor, delivery, and recovery!