At Elkhart General Hospital’s Center for Women and Children, we recognize that childbirth is a very personal, totally unique experience for the entire family. Therefore, our comprehensive program puts you in charge of this very special event. Accurately titled family-centered maternity care, our program includes a wide variety of options from which you can choose, allowing you to decide just how to bring this precious new life into your family.
Special Beginnings Maternity Center
- Labor Delivery Recovery Postpartum (LDRP) Suites
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- Hugs and Kisses
- Lactation Services
- Complementary Gifts
Childbirth Education Classes
At Elkhart General Hospital, maternity care doesn’t start with the delivery of your baby. We offer services for expectant families months before they actually enter the hospital. Expectant parents may attend our special classes and receive instruction on such topics as breastfeeding, the labor/delivery process, infant CPR, and sibling preparation, as well as complete follow-up care for mother and baby. Use our calendar of events to find upcoming classes.
If you're thinking about having a baby, you should select a physician who meets your needs as soon as possible. Call our toll-free referral line at 888-344-6773. We will provide you with a list of highly-qualified, board-certified obstetricians upon request. A physician’s guidance is very helpful in the preconception planning stage and absolutely essential throughout your entire pregnancy.
Pregnancy & Kegel Exercises
Learn how to do Kegel exercises. During pregnancy, the pelvic floor muscle naturally relaxes some to help prepare for the delivery of the baby. As your uterus grows, it strains the surrounding muscles and ligaments. Pregnant women can benefit greatly from strong pelvic floor muscles. A strong PFM can help make childbirth easier, specifically during the pushing stage of labor. Kegels teach a woman how to both contract and relax their muscle. Relaxing the PFM during childbirth as the baby moves through the birth canal can also help reduce tearing.
Maternity Center Prepaid Package
If you are without maternity benefits, Elkhart General Hospital is offering a $4,280 Maternity Center Prepaid Package that includes obstetrical services by participating Elkhart General physicians and hospitalization charges while at Elkhart General. Please note there are limitations to qualify for this reduced package rate.