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Birth Center

Welcoming new beginning with nurturing hands and caring hearts. The Santiam Family Birth Center is designed to offer a quiet, personal child birth experience with a qualified, compassionate medical staff. We encourage the whole family to participate in the joy of their new beginning. Delivering parents are encouraged to ask questions and participate in deciding on the treatment options available to them. Parents are supported to keep baby in their private patient room and experience as much skin-to-skin contact as possible for bonding.

Our Services

Your Birthing Team

Your birthing team will consist of a physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, 24-hour care with our nursing staff, and Board-certified Anesthesiologists for pain management. You will experience centralized monitoring, and in-house breast-feeding assistance.

Birth Center Tours

Dates: First Tuesday of every month
Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Santiam Hospital – Birth Center
1401 N 10th Avenue
Stayton, Oregon 97383

Birth Center Phone: 503.769.2175

Pre-Admission

Santiam Hospital strongly encourages you to educate yourself as much as possible before delivery, and to consider making a birth plan. Your actual labor and delivery may not go exactly as intended, but it is helpful to have an idea of what to expect, and a list of your desires for each aspect of labor and delivery. The more active your role in the planning stage, the more empowered you will feel during the birth.

Post-Admission

Hospital Discharge Process
Before you and your new addition leave the Hospital, one of our nursing staff members will share discharge information and follow up instructions with you. You will be asked to sign the discharge instructions and will be provided with the copy of the instructions. You we encourage you to ask as many question as possible before going home.

Back Home
Parenthood is breathtaking and challenging. Adjusting to change can be a challenge. We offer helpful services that can help this transition and new adventure.

FAQ

When should I come to the hospital?
When you think labor is beginning, time your contractions. Mild contractions usually begin at 15-20 minutes apart and last 45-60 seconds each. Once you reach active labor (strong contractions that are 3-5 minutes apart and last 60-90 seconds for at least an hour), it is time to make your way to the birth center. You should also head to the hospital if your water breaks, if your baby is less active than usual, if you start having regular contractions before 37 weeks, or if you have vaginal bleeding, severe headache, vision changes, pain in your upper abdomen, or abnormal swelling.
Should I call first?
It is helpful if you call to let us know you’re on your way. You can call your OB provider, or the hospital directly.
What are your visiting hours?
Our standard visiting hours are from 8:00 am – 9:00 pm, but we provide quiet time for our new families from 1-3pm to promote bonding and rest.
How long should we expect to stay in the hospital?
After a vaginal delivery, you can expect a stay of approximately 24-48 hours. Standard stays after a c-section are 48 hours to 3 days.
Can I walk around during labor?
Yes! We offer a telemetry monitor that allows you to be completely mobile while continuing to monitor your labor.
What should I bring?
Here are some items that can help make you more comfortable during and after labor:

  • Comfortable socks, clothing, or your favorite pillow
  • Your own music, movies, books, and other entertainment you enjoy
  • Optional labor items
  • A coming-home outfit for yourself and for your baby

Your partner should bring some supplies, as well! Such as:

  • Wallet
  • Camera/Camcorder
  • Change of clothes & toiletries
  • List of contact names
  • Birth plan
  • Reading material or other entertainment
  • Gifts for mom and baby
  • Car seat

The hospital will provide blankets, onesies, diapers, wipes, and pacifiers for your baby during your stay.

Information on the Zika Virus

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Questions about registration?
If you have questions about registration please call the Admitting Department at (503) 769-2175.
Financial Concerns?
or financial concerns please contact us at 503-769-9231. Please click here to download our financial brochure
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Put your baby to sleep on his or her back
  • Breast-feed your baby
  • Maintain a smoke-free house and car
  • Use a firm mattress for your baby’s crib
  • Use tight-fitting crib sheets
  • Keep your baby’s sleep area warm, but not overheated. (Keep it at a temperature comfortable to you.)
  • Think about using a clean, dry pacifier when placing the infant down to sleep. Do not force the baby to take it.
    If you are breastfeeding your baby, wait until your child is at least one month old before using a pacifier.
  • Do not place pillows or stuffed toys in the crib.

Once you have done what you can to reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS, do not let the fear of SIDS spoil your joy
and delight of having a new baby. For more information on SIDS see the information below or call SIDS Alliance at1.800.221.7437 or “Safe to Sleep” at 1.800.505.2742 or visit their website at www.nichd.nih.gov/sids.

Safe to Sleep®

Safe to Sleep® started in 1994 as the Back to Sleep campaign, with the goal of educating parents, caregivers, and health care providers about ways to reduce the risk of SIDS. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month and 1 year of age. Find out what you can do to reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death.

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Purple Crying

The Period of PURPLE Crying® is the phrase used to describe the time in a baby’s life when they cry more than any other time. The Period of PURPLE Crying begins at about 2 weeks of age and continues until about 3-4 months of age. There are other common characteristics of this phase, or period, which are better described by the acronym PURPLE. All babies go through this period. It is during this time that some babies can cry a lot and some far less, but they all go through it.

Learn More about Purple Crying

Doctors

About

Santiam Hospital is a not-for-profit, 40 bed acute-care hospital located in Stayton, Oregon, which is a short 12-mile drive east of Salem, and serves more than 30,000 people annually from the communities of Stayton, Sublimity, Aumsville, Mill City, Jefferson, and the surrounding areas.

Contact

customerservice@santiamhospital.org

503.769.2175

1401 North 10th Ave.
Stayton, OR 97383