Last month, Saint Thomas Health opened The Birthing Center at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital. The Birthing Center is Nashville's first in-hospital natural birthing center, providing expectant families both the comfort of a home-like environment while also having the security of specialized clinical staff in the same building.
The new center includes three birthing suites with full-sized beds where expectant families can experience a home-like birth. In addition to personalized lighting and music, the in-room amenities include spacious labor tubs, refrigerators, large flat-screen televisions, essential oil diffusers, and additional features to ensure comfort and relaxation. The Birthing Center is staffed by physicians, midwives and nurses who help families develop a birthing plan to create their own personalized experience. The service is designed for low-risk moms and healthy babies, and consent from the patient's physician and pediatrician is required.