The Family Birth Center offers a range of birthing options tailored to you. We want to help you create a childbirth experience that is as unique as you are. Safe, expert care is coordinated by you and your health care team. Santiam Hospital & Clinics also offers in-room tubs for labor. You will have the option to move about the room, to change birthing positions, and to use the exercise ball. If you desire medication during labor, 24-hour anesthesia coverage is available for epidural pain management.

In-Room Water Tubs

Santiam Hospital & Clinics offer in patients’ room water tubs for labor. The benefits of laboring in water are numerous for both you and baby. The act of immersing yourself in a spacious tub of warm water will immediately soothe the body, allowing buoyancy and a loss of gravity to assist with labor. Position changes are easier, there is a sense of privacy in the water, and your partner can even support you in our labor tubs.

Laboring in water encourages widening of the pelvis, and helps with the baby’s descent through the birth canal. A potential benefit of laboring in water is decreased pain during labor; with relaxation, less adrenaline is produced, while beta-endorphin and oxytocin, the body’s natural pain-relievers, are increased.

Benefits for Mother

  • Warm water is soothing, comforting and relaxing
  • In the later stages of labor, water has been shown to help relax a woman’s body and to increase her energy level
  • The effect of buoyancy lessens a mother’s body weight, allowing free movement and new positioning
  • Immersion in water often helps lower high blood pressure caused by anxiety
  • The water seems to reduce stress-related hormones, allowing the mother’s body to produce endorphins which serve as pain-inhibitors
  • Since the water provides a greater sense of privacy, it can reduce inhibitions, anxiety and help ease pain
  • As the leading laboring woman relaxes physically, she is able to relax mentally with greater ability to focus on the birth process
  • Water causes the perineum to become more elastic and relaxed, may help reduce the incidence and severity of tearing or need for an episiotomy leading to stitches

Benefits for Baby

  • Provides an environment similar to the amniotic sac
  • Eases the stress of the birth thus increasing reassurance and sense of security

Cesarean Section Operating Room

Santiam Hospital’s cesarean section operating room is fully equipped, state-of-the-art, and within steps of the Labor & Delivery area. We also offer “Gentle C-Sections” at Santiam Hospital. Your partner will be allowed at your bedside during the procedure. This also allows the mother and partner to see baby during delivery. Mom and baby will be able to experience skin-to-skin contact and begin breastfeeding as soon as possible within the recovery period. Baby will stay with mom and birth partner in the C-section operating room until both can be safely transferred to their private patient room. 

About C-Section OR

  • A C-Section can be scheduled or emergent
  • Your spouse/partner can be at your bedside during the C-section
  • The C-Section OR is a fully equipped, sterile environment
  • Baby will stay with mom in the C-section OR until both can be safely transferred to their private patient room

Santiam Hospital & Clinics Offers “Gentle C-Sections”

  • Our Gentle C-Sections procedure allows Mom & birth partner to see baby during delivery
  • Mom and baby experience skin-to-skin contact and may begin breastfeeding immediately upon delivery
  • Baby, Mom & birth partner may stay together in the same private room

This hospital has the most wonderful staff! From the receptionist, doctors, nurses, everyone I’ve met have been the most caring and understanding individuals I’ve ever met. Ps the people who work in the kitchen who make the meals are outstanding!!


Our family has been patients for many years. The doctors, nurses, and staff are always friendly, attentive, thorough, and knowledgeable. They really go above and beyond even being able to schedule same-day appointments if necessary.