St. Luke's was the first Duluth hospital to offer a birthing center. Now the accepted practice for hospitals nationwide, birthing centers offer expectant parents a home-like environment where they can experience their baby's birth. We also offer the use of birthing balls (yoga ball) and showering for relaxation during labor. St. Luke's is the only hospital in the region that offers women in labor the ability to walk the hallways while the well-being of their baby is being monitored.
Our birthing center has private suites where families can share in labor, delivery and recovery. We want your birth experience to be meaningful and satisfying and a healthy beginning for your baby. Everything we do here is to help you be as relaxed and comfortable as possible before, during and after the birth of your baby. The nurses at the St. Luke's Birthing Center work with a wide range of labor coaches and doulas to make your experience as supportive and caring as possible.
Cesarean sections are performed in surgical suites, and then new moms will be returned to their birthing suite to recover. Since May 2013, St. Luke's has been keeping moms and babies together during recovery from a cesarean section to promote skin-to-skin bonding. Find out more about this here.
St. Luke's offers a complimentary "stork dinner" (room service meal) for our new moms to share with one guest of their choosing. We want you to celebrate and relax after the birth of your baby. St. Luke's strives to give our patients the best possible birth experience.
In addition, St. Luke's provides level 2 nursery care if needed. Our level 2 nursery has additional equipment and staff to handle more complicated births. This level of care is for newborns with a slight potential for risk during the delivery. In general, Level II hospitals can provide care to newborns delivered at 32 weeks or at 3 pounds, 5 ounces or more. Level II hospitals also provide care for uncomplicated births. The registered nurses caring for your baby are specially trained in Level II Care.
- Babies in a Level II Nursery may need monitoring for apnea, IV's or special medications, an incubator or other assistance to maintain their body temperature or feeding assistance.
- Level II Staff works closely with families teaching them about any special procedure or medication your baby may need at home.
- Most babies born several weeks early will spend some time in a Level II Nursery for observation.
- Babies with more serious conditions may need to be transferred to a higher level care unit.
St. Luke's also offers a newborn photography service through MOM365. MOM365 is the largest provider of in-hospital newborn portraits in the United States. MOM365 offers you the ability to have a photo session that takes place in the privacy of your room while capturing babies' first special moments.
Here at St. Luke's we have a full lactation program including prenatal breastfeeding classes, postpartum assistance, and our AfterCare Clinic to help you with breastfeeding after discharge. Our lactation nurses are certified as CLCs (Certified Lactation Consultants) and IBCLCs (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). Additionally, any of our nurses are fully qualified and experienced at assisting you and your baby to have a successful breastfeeding experience.
Experienced nurses offer post-delivery and baby care education tailored to meet your needs. There's no such thing as too many questions. Why does my baby sleep so much? Is crying that loud bad for him? Am I supposed to be this tired? They're questions we've heard countless times-we even asked a few when we had our own children-and that's why we can put you at ease.
Early bonding promotes positive experiences for parents, siblings and grandparents. You are encouraged to keep your baby in your room as much as you like. See for yourself. Call 218.249.5605 to arrange for your personal tour of the Birthing Center. Visit our Family Waiting Room where we offer a rest area for families to have a cup of coffee, hot chocolate, or tea and watch television, use the internet or phone, and have access to toys for children.
Visit the link below to view our wide range of prenatal classes here at St. Luke's.