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Family Birthing Centers

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I register at the hospital?

You will receive pre-admission paperwork from your physician's office or you can pick it up at the St. Charles Family Birthing Centers.


Will I have a private room?

Yes. You will have a private room during your labor, delivery and recovery. Our comfortable birthing suites, which also provide room for your husband or partner to spend the night, feature warm, soothing interiors and large windows to let in natural light.


What are my options for labor and delivery?

Many of our delivery and recovery rooms are equipped with deep Jacuzzi tubs for laboring mothers. We offer many options to help you cope with the progression of labor.


Will my baby stay in my room?

Yes. We want mother and child to spend as much time together as possible to help develop a strong bond. Your baby will stay with you in your birthing suite.


What are the visiting hours at the Family Birthing Center?


  • Immediate family may visit 24-hours-a-day.

  • Children up to and including age 11 must be with an adult.

  • Friends and relatives may visit from 11 a.m.–8 p.m.

Note: In Bend, we've set aside 1–3 p.m. as a rest period for new mothers.


How safe is my baby in the Family Birthing Center?

We provide the highest level of security to ensure your baby's safety. All Family Birthing Center doors are camera-equipped to monitor people entering and exiting. Babies are never left alone, and we regularly check identification bands for mothers and babies.


May I have my birth videotaped?

For safety and legal reasons, St. Charles Health System cannot allow video cameras in delivery or operating rooms. You are welcome to take other types of pictures.


How do I get my baby's birth announcement published in the newspaper?

You'll receive a form authorizing us to release your birth information to local newspapers.