Birthing Center

Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Birthing Center consists of three units: Labor and Delivery, the Mother-Baby Unit and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Our Rooms

Mother-Baby has 16 private rooms and four semi-private rooms. Our home-like rooms offer:

  • A sleeping area for your partner in the private rooms
  • Comfortable seating accommodations
  • A baby crib stocked with newborn supplies
  • A TV with VCR/DVD
  • A bathroom with a shower
  • Movies and laptops from the library

Massage During Labor

Massage can help mothers during labor by helping to relax between contractions, reduce pain from tight muscles, and provides emotional support. Studies have shown that massage during labor decreased anxiety and pain. This can help you to relax, resulting in a reduced need for medication, and shorter labor.

In House Care

Massage is available to you while you are still in the hospital. The Therapist can come to your room and is able to treat you in your bed. The Therapist can also show you how you can massage your baby.

Is Massage always appropriate?

There may be times when you are not able to receive massage. You can talk to your doctor and decide what is best for you. For any questions regarding services please contact Patricia Clouse, NCTMB, IU Health Ball Memorial FitnessCenter, at 765.747.3643.

Labor and Delivery

The Labor and Delivery Unit of The Birthing Center at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital features eight private labor, delivery and recovery suites where expectant mothers and their significant others can experience childbirth as a family. The unit includes two fully equipped operating rooms, available 24-hours a day for performing Cesarean Section deliveries and other emergency procedures. There is also a triage/observation area where the assessment and management of pregnancy related or high risk complications at any gestational age can be performed. A perinatalogist (an obstetrician who specializes in the care of higher than normal risk moms and fetuses) is available for consult.

A hydrotherapy is available to provide relaxation for laboring moms.

Our unit is well staffed with highly qualified Registered Nurses experienced in electronic fetal monitoring and certified in CPR, Neonatal Resuscitation and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. As a Baby Friendly Hospital, our staff is also extremely supportive in initiating and maintaining breastfeeding with those parents desiring this preferred method in infant nutrition.

We practice non-separation of Moms and Babies during the entire delivery and recovery period and support rooming-in for all infants to promote bonding and establish breastfeeding. We do have a fully staffed and equipped Level III Neonatal Intensive Care/Special Care nursery available within The Birthing Center, if needed.

After delivery and upon stable recovery of both Mom and Baby, families are transferred to the Mother/Baby Unit located on the same floor of the hospital for continued and exceptional medical, supportive care and education.

Breastfeeding

Our trained lactation and nursing staffs are available daily to assist you in breastfeeding and infant care needs. The IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Birthing Center staffs eight IBCLC certified lactation consultants. They are available seven days a week to assist mothers with breastfeeding. Outpatient clinic visits are also available with our lactation staff on the unit for your breastfeeding issues daily from 8 am – 4 pm, and no appointment is necessary. There is also a follow-up support group called the Mom-Baby Connections that offers education and support for moms and babies on different topics each week. It meets on the hospital campus.

Visiting Information

Partners or a designated support person can visit anytime, as long as the patient is in a private room. If the patient is in a semi-private room, please be considerate of the roommate. Other visitors are encouraged between 11 am – 9 pm.