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Birth Services- Preparing for Your New Baby

Mothers and babies deserve special attention.

That’s why we offer personalized, nurturing care that supports you and your newborn during the miracle of childbirth. Our obstetricians, midwives, nurses and other experienced professionals are with you and your family every step of the way. 

Meet the Family Birth Suites

The Family Birth Suites at both Cape Coral Hospital and HealthPark Medical Center are recognized by Baby Friendly USA for excellence in care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

At Lee Health, it is our goal to make your birth experience as joyous and comfortable as possible. We know the importance of the mother-baby bonding experience and strive to provide compassionate care in a calming environment.

Our birthing rooms ensure you and your baby’s safety and comfort during labor, delivery, and recovery. Should a complication or emergency arise, you’ll be in good hands with our trained staff.

The Family Birth Suites have their own operating rooms for cesarean sections and are large enough to accommodate twin/triplet deliveries.

High-Risk Pregnancy Services

If your pregnancy is considered high-risk or you have complications, our expert team will support you with advanced maternity care. We work with your obstetrical team to minimize your risks and strive for the healthiest pregnancy possible. 

Family Birth Suite Location: Cape Coral

Directions: Please enter at the Women’s Care-Birth Suites entrance.

Family Birth Suite Location: HealthPark

Directions: Please enter at the Emergency entrance and go to OB registration.

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida 

Babies who need special care can receive it at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Neonatologists and advanced neonatal nurses provide expert care for premature or critically ill newborns delivered in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades counties.

Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a Level III facility that has been designated a Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center by the Florida Department of Children’s Medical Services, one of only 11 such centers in the state and the only one in our region. Our Maternal-Neonatal Transport Team transports critically ill or premature newborns to the NICU. The Transport Team also transports maternity patients when the need arises. 

Only Lee Health offers a certified Level III NICU and maternal-neonatal transport team in Southwest Florida.

Location

Choosing Your Baby’s Doctor

During your pregnancy, you’ll have the opportunity to choose a pediatrician who fits your needs, lifestyle, and location. Select one several months before your due date so you’ll have an opportunity to discuss your baby’s care before their birthday.

Have a Due Date?

Now’s the Time to Pre-register!

Avoid stress by completing a pre-admission form at least one month before your due date. This will help you get quickly admitted and settled into the Family Birth Suites before labor.

Here’s What to Pack

As your due date approaches, pack a suitcase for yourself, baby, and your support person.

For Mom:

  • Nightgown
  • Undergarments (panties for 2-3 days and a nursing bra)
  • Slippers
  • Lip balm
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Comb/brush
  • Labor support items, such as music/play list, favorite pillow in a non-white pillow case, massage lotion, focal point and aroma therapy
  • Camera or cellphone with charger(s)
  • Clothing to wear home

For Baby:

  • Infant clothing for baby to wear home (weather appropriate)
  • Approved infant car seat—leave in the car (required by state law) 

(Disposable items such as diapers and peri-pads will be provided.)

For Dad or Support Person:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toiletries
  • Comb/brush
  • Pajamas
  • Change of clothing
  • Snacks
  • Camera or cellphone with charger(s)

Install Your Baby’s Car Seat

Please have a car seat properly installed before your baby’s birth. If you have questions or would like to have your car seat checked before delivery, call 239-343-5224 for an appointment.

Labor and Delivery

Labor can begin with regular and painful uterine contractions or you may experience a “gush” of fluids as your water breaks. Call your doctor or nursemidwife for specific instructions on when to come to the hospital. Most women can stay home during early labor. When you arrive, we’ll ask you some questions to determine if you need to be admitted.

Family Time

After your baby’s birth, the nurse will monitor you and your baby closely. With our family centered approach to care and the guidance of our skilled team, you and your loved ones can start caring for your newborn right away. Family members can visit with you and your baby. However, because you and your baby need quiet time alone, children are not allowed to stay overnight and all visitors must leave by 9 p.m., except one adult support person who may spend the night.

Family Birth Suites celebrate thousands of birthdays every year. We look forward to sharing your special birthday with you.