The Birth Place at SVMC

When it comes to meeting your expectations...we really deliver!


Personalized Care

The birth of your child is a once-in-a-lifetime event. No matter how many times a woman might have given birth, each experience is special in its own way. That's why our goal at The Birth Place is to support your birthing choices, and personalize your birthing experience as much as possible.


During labor and delivery at The Birth Place, our caring professionals work closely with you and your certified nurse-midwife or doctor to accommodate your requests in every way that we can. This is your very special time. So we'll try just as hard as we can to help you joyfully bring your new baby into the world. With guidance from your midwife or obstetrician, you can develop a birth plan to match your particular wishes.


A Family Experience

We know how important it is to have your loved ones with you for the big event. At The Birth Place we welcome and encourage your family to take part in your birthing experience. This includes your partner and older children, parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles, cousins and close friends. Whether you wish to include them in the actual birth, or as vital support people during the rest of your stay, we acknowledge their continuing role in this important time of celebration and adjustment.


A Warm and Comfortable Birthing Environment

From state-of-the-art labor therapy and waterbirth tubs to beautifully furnished and decorated Labor/Delivery/Recovery/Postpartum (LDRP) rooms, The Birth Place is designed for comfort. You'll stay in one room through all phases of your baby's delivery. And, in addition to providing all the comforts of home, each LDRP room is discreetly equipped with the appropriate technology should it be needed during your stay.


We also know how important it is to provide a comfortable environment for your support person to spend the night; each room is spacious enough to accommodate these sleeping arrangements.


When the weather is pleasant, you and your family also spend time out on the terrace, enjoying a view of the mountains as you take in the fresh air and sun.


Your family is also welcome to use our kitchenette, or to relax in the family lounge when you need a break from company.


Professional, Caring Support

We take pride in the fact that we offer a team approach to care. Our nurse-midwives, doctors, and experience birthing staff work closely with each other to give you the best care possible. When we say "experienced birthing staff", we mean it. Our nurses have nearly 600 years of experience as maternal-child health nurses.


We also have highly qualified and credentialed specialists on staff to help make sure your birth experience goes well. Our doctors are certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology or the American Board of Family Practice. Our nurse-midwives are certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board, Inc.; they are registered nurses with advanced training in midwifery.


Our specialists counsel you throughout your pregnancy and support your birthing choices. They offer guidance about nutrition and newborn care and can help you understand the many options available to you to cope with the pain of delivery.



Pain management is an important aspect of your birthing experience. You may wish to manage your entire labor using the breathing and other relaxation techniques taught in prepared childbirth classes, or you might wish to try alternative pain management methods.


Laboring moms can take advantage of the soothing motion and the warmth and comfort of our Jacuzzi-style tubs.  Half of laboring women use a form of water therapy for labor. Our tubs are large enough for you to relax in during labor, as well as have a waterbirth. Water soothes and helps a laboring woman relax.


A woman in labor may also choose pain medicine inserted in a vein or muscle by an injection or injected into the lower part of her back (spinal anesthesia).


In the even that a Cesarean Birth is appropriate, the technology of our sophisticated operating room is reserved specifically for your birthing experience.


Whenever possible, no matter what type of labor you choose, we actively encourage your partner or other designated support person to stay with you throughout your delivery.


A Lasting Relationship

Your stay with us will be relatively short, but we invite you to continue to call on us after you have returned home. Our certified lactation consultants and the nursing staff who have cared for you throughout your stay are all available as you make the transition home. You can reach us at (802) 447-5160.


The Birth Place is housed within the Women's and Children's Services Department, which also provides pediatric and gynecological care. Our nursing staff is cross-trained in each of those areas. So should you or your child require hospital care at a later time, you can take comfort in knowing that you will be returning to friends who know you.


Preparing for the Big Event and Beyond


The Birth Place provides you with the information and support you need to face your birthing experience with confidence, and to get the most enjoyment from your expanding family. We offer the following programs on a regular basis. If you have a need not described below, please call to discuss your concern. To get a current schedule for our programs, call (800) 286-8668 or (802) 447-5277 or visit

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  • Prenatal Interview with The Birth Place Tour

    Our childbirth staff will take you on a tour of the unit, talk with you about what to expect when you get to the hospital, and discuss how you and your baby will be cared for throughout your stay. To arrange your 1-hour visit, call (802) 447-5160.

  • Childbirth Preparation

    Childbirth preparation offers expectant parents a way to experience the miracle of birth with dignity and confidence. The class teaches the physical and mental skills needed to cope with the discomforts of labor and delivery, as well as: anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, labor and delivery; physical and emotional changes during pregnancy and the postpartum period; us of medication and anesthesia; Cesarean births; the role of the support person; a tour of the Woman's and Children's Unit, and more. We recommend you register during your fourth month of pregnancy to start class during your seventh month.

  • Breastfeeding Warmline

    Our internationally board-certified lactation consultants are available to help answer your questions about breastfeeding techniques, positioning, common early problems, breast pumping, and returning to work. Because we know how busy breastfeeding moms are, we offer breastpump rentals and sales, nursing bras, and other breastfeeding products at Women's and Children's Services or by mail order. Give us a call at (802) 447-5160.

  • Car Seat Safety

    Four out of five car seats are not installed correctly. Our child passenger safety technicians will check yours by appointment. Call (802) 447-5160 to make an appointment.

  • Baby Care Basics

    This class series covers everything from proper nutrition to keeping baby safe, healthy, and happy through the first year of life. Becoming a parent is much tougher than most of us expect; come to this program and learn the tricks of the trade. Grandparents-to-be and grandparents also find this class helpful, as safety concerns  about caring for infants have changed.

  • Becoming a Big Sister or Brother

    The prospect of a new baby in the house can bring on a variety of new emotions for the sibling-to-be. Designed for children ages 3-9, this fun-filled program gives siblings an opportunity to find out more about newborns, and to learn how they can be an important and safe participant in the baby's early life.

  • Preparation for Breastfeeding

    A certified lactation consultant leads this session about the benefits mom and baby receive from breastfeeding. Includes hand-on practice and information about what to expect.

  • New Mommies/New Babies

    This class, designed for pregnant and breastfeeding moms and their babies, offers support, guidance, friendship, and laughter as you make the transition into parenthood.

  • Infant/Childsaver Course

    Learn accident prevention, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and first aid for choking as these techniques pertain to infants and children. Nutrition, exercise, and health maintenance will also be covered so that parents can get a head start on raising heart healthy children. Taught by Women's and Children's registered nurses.

  • Sharing to Heal

    A parent support group for those who have had a pregnancy or newborn loss.

  • Wellness Connection Programs

    Southwestern Vermont Health Care's Wellness Connection offers a variety of classes on a range of topics to help you and your family live well and healthfully.  Call (802) 447-5076 or visit for a current schedule.

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