Family Maternity Center
Offering the perfect blend of comfort, compassion & technology to welcome your baby!
Having a baby is one of life’s most special events. We respect each family’s values, beliefs and choices and want you to be comfortable and secure throughout your stay at our North Spokane maternity and childbirth center. We are honored to be a part of helping your family grow and thrive!
The Family Maternity Center at Providence Holy Family Hospital offers beautifully decorated private rooms, designed to create a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere throughout labor, delivery and recovery. (Click here to take a Virtual Tour.)
Our caring and experienced nurses and staff, including a breastfeeding specialist, are ready to help with feeding, diapering and comforting your newborn, answer your questions, and provide guidance and instruction for mom's recovery.
What to Expect Upon Your Arrival
When arriving during the day, come directly to the Family Maternity Center on the second floor of Providence Holy Family Hospital and check in at the desk. (Please call your doctor with questions or concerns during business hours, in case he or she prefers that you come to the office rather than the hospital.)
If you arrive at the hospital at night — between 8:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. — check in at the emergency room, as other entrances will be locked. You will then be directed to the Family Maternity Center.
Upon arrival, you will be evaluated in our triage area. It is much like an emergency department for labor and delivery—where we determine what stage of labor you are experiencing and the appropriate care. Due to limited space, we ask that you bring only one support person with you into this area; if you have additional guests, they are welcome to wait in our family waiting room during your evaluation. As soon as you move to one of our more spacious patient rooms, your guests may join you there.
While in triage, you will be asked to provide a urine sample, which provides information about your current health. Next, a fetal monitor will record your baby’s heart rate and your contraction pattern. Your nurse will complete a physical assessment, and a physician may also evaluate you. Depending on your situation, you may have a vaginal exam to determine cervical dilation and additional tests may be performed. We will keep you updated and informed every step of the way!
Based on the results of your triage evaluation, you may go home or be admitted to an antepartum room (if it isn’t quite time for your baby to be born) or a LDRP (labor, delivery, recovery and antepartum) room.
- Antepartum means “before childbirth.” Our antepartum rooms allow care for women experiencing complications with their pregnancy and who need frequent medical evaluation and care. Click here to learn more about our home-like Antepartum suites.
- If you are in labor, or scheduled for an induction, you will be transferred to a Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum (LDRP) Room; which are large enough to accommodate various medical staff as well as family and friends you want with you during your labor and delivery. You and a designated support person will receive identification bands, which are a part of our security system to make sure you and your new baby are safe.
As long as you and your baby are stable we welcome your birthing plan, encourage walking, birthing balls, or using the jetted bathtubs for relaxation. We also welcome doulas or other support people that you desire.
Families are allowed to stay (with mother's permission), offering many opportunities for early bonding; they may witness the first bath, weighing, measuring and baby's first pediatric exam.
Room Service is provided, and we will respect and honor your special requests for music, soft lighting or to have children or other family members present at the birth.
As the nursing staff continues the admission process, some very private questions will be asked. If you prefer, your family and friends can wait in one of our family waiting rooms during this assessment. Similar to triage, we will monitor your baby’s heart rate and your contraction pattern, and start an IV in case you require IV fluids, pain medication or anesthesia. Our staff will keep you informed and involved, explaining everything that happens during your labor and delivery.
After Your Baby Arrives
After your baby is born, you will spend the initial recovery time getting to know your new baby. This is a time when your baby is very alert and we encourage skin-to-skin bonding and breastfeeding right away. As long as your baby is doing well, we will we wait to weigh your baby and do assessments until you have had a long chance for initial bonding. This is an important time for you and your baby, and we want you to embrace the occasion.
Our priority is you and your baby. We will respect your wishes as much as possible throughout the delivery!
- Photography is welcome and encouraged as soon as the baby is delivered. Please be respectful of the medical staff when you ask to pause for photography during procedures. We also offer professional photography of your new baby if desired.
- When you and your newborn are settled, you can let our staff know when you are ready to receive other visitors. If family or friends arrive after 8:30 p.m., please have them check in at the emergency entrance.
It is important to get as much rest as possible while you are in the hospital. We encourage you to limit your visitors at night so you and your new family can adjust to each other and rest. A sleeping sofa is available for your support person. (For everyone’s safety, please do not invite others to sleep on the floor.)
- Our nurses will teach you how to care for your baby and yourself during the postpartum period. Our nursing staff is skilled at helping you with nursing, if you choose to breastfeed. Lactation specialists — experts in breastfeeding — are also available.
- “Rooming in” (keeping your baby with you at all times), is our normal practice, however if your baby is admitted to the special care nursery, we encourage frequent feeding and as much bonding as medically possible. We want you to visit frequently and provide care for your baby. (For the safety of both you and your baby, we cannot allow you to spend the night in the nursery.)
- Your baby will receive an ID band matching your and your support person’s bands to ensure security. Only people with the appropriate Providence Holy Family pink name badges are authorized to take the baby to or from your room.
- Your baby will receive hearing and blood screening tests before going home. We will also check bilirubin levels.
On the day you go home, please have your ride arrive one hour before you are to be discharged. We try to discharge in the morning; however, based on the advice your physician and pediatrician, a later discharge time may be possible.
Occasionally, your pediatrician may want to keep a baby in the hospital for 48 hours for observation. If this happens, we will do our best to provide a room for you to stay with your baby during monitoring.
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this special event!