Family-Centered Care

Family-Centered Care

At Memorial Family Care Birthing Centers, we celebrate family-centered birth. These are the 10 principles of family-centered maternity care that we follow.

  1. Labor, birth, postpartum, and newborn care are viewed as normal life events involving dynamic emotional, social, and physical change.
  2. Prenatal care is personalized according to psychosocial, educational, physical, spiritual, and cultural needs of each woman and her family.
  3. Comprehensive perinatal education prepares families for active participation through preconception, pregnancy, child birth, and parenting.
  4. The hospital team helps the family make informed choices for their care during pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, and newborn care and strives to provide them with the experience they desire.
  5. The mother's support person is actively involved in the educational process, labor, birth, postpartum, and newborn care.
  6. When the mother wishes, family and friends are encouraged to be present and provide support as much as possible during the hospital stay, including labor and birth.
  7. Labor, birth care, postpartum, and newborn care are all provided within Memorial Family Care Birthing Centers.
  8. Nursing care focuses on teaching and role modeling while providing safe, quality care for the mother and baby together.
  9. The same person cares for the mother and baby couplet as a single-family unit, integrating the whole family into the care.
  10. Parents have access to high-risk newborns at all times and are included in their care to the extent possible based on the newborn's condition.