Family Birth Center
About the birth center
Designed with the comfort of patients and needs of staff in mind, the birth center offers many services and amenities:
The Obstetrics & Gynecology clinic is connected to the birth center. In the event of an emergency, women can be transported immediately to the hospital, saving valuable time.
Labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum rooms
Ten private labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum rooms offer a homelike atmosphere that combines the highest level of comfort with advanced obstetrical equipment and technology. Nine rooms have a whirlpool bathtub, so you can benefit from a soothing bath. There is plenty of space for family members who wish to be with you during and after labor and/or delivery. At mealtime, you and your support person can order room service meals from the inpatient menu.
Babies needing a higher level of care are transferred to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, where a highly trained and experienced team will provide seamless care.
Family waiting room
The family waiting room is equipped with many comforts of home. It allows family and friends who are not in the room with you during labor a special place to wait for the arrival of the new baby. It also provides a welcome place for dads, children, grandparents and other visitors to sit if you need to take a break or rest.
To provide the safest environment for your new bundle of joy, the birth center is a locked unit. Upon arrival to the unit, visitors should push the button or pick up the phone to be granted access.
The Family Birth Center is equipped with the Hugs & Kisses infant security system. Each infant wears a comfortable tag attached by a soft tamper-proof strap around his or her ankle. You wear a device on your wrist. When the tag and device are combined, they automatically confirm that the correct baby is with the correct mother. This system also allows staff to know where each baby is at all times.
A nourishment center with snacks, as well as a refrigerator and microwave, is available for you.
Lactation and breastfeeding resources
Lactation counselors and an international board-certified lactation consultant are available to provide support and assist with breastfeeding needs during your stay. Support is also available on an outpatient basis after you go home.
Tour the facility
Tour the Family Birth Center at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin, or call Mayo Clinic Health System at 507-434-1380 to schedule an in-person tour.