Women & Children’s Services

Indiana University Health Paoli Hospital offers a family-focused childbirth environment for you and your entire family, featuring one room for labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (often called LDRPs). We encourage partners, siblings and even grandparents to be part of the excitement.

Visiting hours for maternity are noon to 2 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. However; partners, spouses, grandparents and siblings may visit at any time.


The New Life Center offers free prenatal classes for expectant parents who are planning to deliver at our hospital. Parents learn about prenatal care, labor, delivery and newborn care. Childbirth classes are offered the first and second Tuesdays of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. at no charge. Sibling classes, to help adjustment to the new baby, are offered the third Tuesday of every month from 7 – 8 p.m.

Meet Our Childbirth Educator: Shannon Salmon

Shannon is a life long resident of Orleans. After high school she attended Anderson University where she majored in Sports Medicine and Education. She graduated Magna cum Laude with Honors in Physical Education. Following college she taught PE and Health and served as an athletic trainer for 3 years. She then returned to nursing school. Since earning her nursing license, she has been employed at IU Health Paoli. She is a certified childbirth educator and works as an OB nurse.  

What to Expect

Rooming In: At IU Health Paoli all newborns are encouraged to "room-in" with their mothers. This promotes mother to newborn bonding. Rooming-in means the baby remains in your room, and you provide care for the newborn, including; feedings, diaper changes, a daily bath. You are responsible for informing the nursing staff when the baby eats and the number of wet/dirty diapers you change. Of course, our excellent nursing staff will be available to assist with care and to answer any questions you may have.

Your baby may be taken to the nursery after delivery for an initial check by your physician and the nursing staff. The baby will be returned to your room as soon as possible. Your baby will also be taken to the nursery for any procedures that need to be done such as circumcision or blood draws. When necessary, the nursing staff may request the newborn be returned to the nursery for evaluation and observation. The nursing staff will discuss this with you if this becomes necessary. If you require a Cesarean delivery, the baby will be watched in the nursery until you are ready to take over care of your baby. While in the nursery, the baby will be brought to your room for frequent visits and feedings.

If you need a cesarean section: IU Health Paoli is more than prepared to assist you should you need to give birth through cesarean section. Sometimes you will know in advance that this will be necessary and we can schedule your delivery. Other times, your physician may help you decide that you need a cesarean during your labor process. In either case, we are prepared and report successful outcomes for this procedure. For your safety and convenience, a surgical suit is located just steps away from our labor and delivery area.

Visiting Hours: Visiting hours are still in place while your baby is rooming-in. However, father, siblings (brothers and sisters), and grandparents may visit at any time while the baby is in your room. You may have other visitors during open visit hours of noon to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Family members who hold the baby must first wash their hands.

Infant Security: IU Health Paoli is proud to report that the latest technology is in place to ensure the safety of your newborn. The HUGS and KISSES system allows an electronic connection between mother and baby through wrist and/or ankle bands. If a newborn is removed from the secure area, multiple alarms will sound. The system also ensures that mother and baby are correctly reunited if separated for any length of time.

Length of Stay: Although there are exceptions, the length of stay for routine vaginal deliveries at at IU Health Paoli averages between 24 to 48 hours following delivery. Cesarean patients are typically with us a little longer following delivery.

Hearing Screens: All newborns receive a hearing screening before discharge. This helps staff and parents determine whether he/she has any hearing deficits. The sooner hearing problems are discovered the quicker appropriate treatment can begin. Any newborns found to have hearing problems will be referred by their doctor or health care provider for follow-up treatment.