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Maternity Center

Oswego Hospital's Maternity Center offers families a comfortable and homey environment where they can welcome their newborns.

The Maternity Center features attractive private rooms, each with its own bathroom containing a large soaking tub. This environment is complemented by the latest technology. A caring and knowledgeable staff oversees the entire family's needs.

After mom delivers, private postpartum rooms offer her partner the opportunity to spend the night and join in the family's bonding experience. These rooms are private and cheery and also offer their own bathrooms.

Providing care to Oswego Hospital's growing families are the department's 3 board-certified physicians, 2 certified nurse midwives and 3 neonatal nurse practitioners, as well as a patient educator, who is also a lactation consultant.

Feel Like You Never Left Home

Mothers in labor will feel like they never left home at Oswego Hospital's homelike Maternity Center.

As part of that comfort and the bonding experience, the center has a cozy living room setting where new mothers can learn breastfeeding techniques.

Once you return home, if you have questions about your care or your newborn's, the staff is only a phone call away.

Birth Plans

Mother with newborn and physicianOswego Hospital encourages its expecting moms to consider developing a birth plan, which can help you and your birth team outline your goals and wishes. It is a helpful document that allows everyone to have an understanding of your expectations.

You may be surprised by some of the decisions that need to be made during labor, and a birth plan can help you to make them in advance. Creating a birth plan provides an opportunity to explore all the available options and begin to communicate with your birth team.

How to write it? You can outline the main points using bullets if that's your style. Or you can write out a longer plan and cover each detail. You can download Oswego Hospital's sample birth plan here.

Childbirth and Breastfeeding Classes

Oswego Hospital's maternity center offers several classes to help new parents prepare for the birth of their child. Details about our childbirth and breastfeeding classes are below.

Feel free to call the maternity center at 315.349.5572 with any questions you may have regarding these classes or if you have questions regarding your stay at Oswego Hospital's maternity center.

Prepared Childbirth Class

Four classes focus on labor, delivery and parenting. Sessions are held throughout the year. Preregistration is required, and a fee is charged. Parents-to-be are encouraged to call us to register as soon as pregnancy is confirmed. Call 315.349.5572 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Classes are taught by our labor room nurses, Erin Coty, Gina Lombardo, Dawn Easter and Pam Mayer. Together they offer more than 50 years of experience.

Breastfeeding Class

Our introduction to breastfeeding class is held at Oswego Hospital. All aspects of breastfeeding are addressed, including the benefits of breastfeeding, diet, positions for feeding, weaning and much more. Preregistration is required, and a fee is charged. Call 315.349.5572 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. for dates and to register, or please email Kathy Distin, lactation consultant/patient educator.

Pain Management

Numerous pain management options are available to women who choose to have their baby at the Oswego Hospital.

Women have plenty of opportunities to discuss these options with their physician before they arrive at the hospital.

Nonmedication Options

Among the most popular choices are the large soaking tubs that are in each of the maternity center's private labor rooms. Many women find that their pain is reduced by using the tub during labor.

Another procedure staff members say their patients have found effective is an intracutaneous sterile water block. This method helps reduce the back pain associated with labor. Small amounts of water injected into points in the lower back reduce the level of pain.

In addition to these options, patients are encouraged to keep busy by walking, using a special exercise ball and taking advantage of back rubs from their coaches or the nursing staff.

However, for those women who find that these measures don't reduce their pain, there are several medication options available.


Through a small tube, or epidural catheter, an anesthetic is delivered through injection. This enables the pain control effect to last as long as the catheter is in place. An epidural numbs the body below the injection site, allowing a woman to remain both comfortable and alert during contractions. An epidural is typically given in the early stages of labor because it takes about 20 minutes to take effect once administered.

This type of pain control is most effective for a woman who is having a prolonged labor pattern or who finds herself not coping well with the pain in the early stages of labor.

Spinal or Intrathecal

Administered similarly to an epidural, a spinal delivers pain medication directly into the spinal fluid for fast pain relief. This medication is usually given to women who are closer to delivery or are nearly fully dilated because it acts faster than an epidural. Women who have previously given birth may choose this option because their labor tends to be shorter than 1st-time moms.

Intravenous/Intramuscular Pain Medication Injections

These injections, which contain narcotics, may alleviate but not eliminate the pain during labor. The relief from this pain management option varies, but it is known to take the edge off and make labor more tolerable.

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Kimberly Hyde, RN, Director of Obstetrics

For a tour of Oswego Hospital's Maternity Center, call 315.349.5572.

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