Birthing Center

FAMILY BIRTHING CENTER

DELIVERING JOY EVERY DAY

Having a child is a cherished, life-changing event, often filled with excitement, and many questions. We are happy that you and your family are considering Garden City Hospital for your important arrival. We strive to deliver safe, coordinated and compassionate care for both you and your baby that nurtures and supports your individual birthing plan or your family’s beliefs, values and customs.

BOND IN A COMFORTABLE AND SOOTHING ENVIRONMENT
After delivery, you and your baby can spend some quality time getting acquainted in the quiet, peaceful setting of our modern suites.

Our rooms are designed to provide a home-like experience, and include a sofa sleeper for Dad. Your nurse will ensure you’re comfortable, answer questions and assist in any way necessary. Informational programming on maternity and a variety of other related health topics is available 24 hours a day, on GCH TV.

Other room amenities and services include:

  • Individualized room climate control
  • Large family waiting area
  • Free WIFI and local phone service
  • Halal food options

Family Members And Visitation

GCH has an open visitation policy, however visitation may vary based on the patient’s needs. All visitors are required to check-in with the front desk prior to entering the Labor & Delivery unit. Visiting children 14 years and under, must be supervised by an adult, other than the patient at all times.

What You Can Expect From GCH

You deserve the highest quality of obstetric care. That’s why our commitment to patient-centered care puts you first. As partners in health, we work with you and your family to provide options and services that meet your personal needs. You can expect:

  • One-on-one personalized care and nursing support
  • Ongoing communication and collaboration between parents and staff
  • Our board-certified physicians, midwives and nurses to guide you throughout your pregnancy and beyond

Preparing You To Return Home

Before leaving GCH, your doctor, nurse and you will develop an After Discharge CarePlan, especially for you. We are here for you every step of the way.

Schedule A Tour

For more information or to schedule a tour, call the GCH Family Birthing Center at 734.458.3307.

Childbirth Education

This one day comprehensive course prepares the expectant mother and coach for labor and delivery. Topics discussed include: fetal development, healthy pregnancy, preterm labor warning signs, stages of labor, relaxation techniques and coping mechanisms, medical procedures, pain management, newborn care, postpartum care, home care, and breastfeeding. Class time is six hours and there is a $60 fee. Medicaid is accepted. Call 734-458-3422 for more information, or to register.

2017 Childbirth Classes:‚Äč

  • January 28
  • March 11
  • April 22
  • June 3
  • July 15
  • August 26
  • October 7
  • November 18
  • December 16

Choosing A Doctor

Selecting an Obstetrician or a Pediatrician is an important family decision and the best time to choose a physician is before you need one. Your doctor is an important family resource not only for medical care, but also for advice and information. Refer to GCH’s Physician Referral for a complete list of physicians on staff.

MEET GCH'S EXPERT PHYSICIAN TEAM

Awards

Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located in its own service area; for details, contact your Local Blue Plan. Blue Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. Each facility’s cost of care is evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Facilities in CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans’ areas, resulting in two evaluations for cost of care; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether one or both cost of care evaluation(s) must meet BDC+ national criteria. National criteria for BDC and BDC+ are displayed on www.bcbs.com. Individual outcomes may vary. For details on a provider’s in-network status or your own policy’s coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan and ask your provider before making an appointment. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for non-covered charges or other losses or damages resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.

Birth Certificates

All babies born at Garden City Hospital, or who are brought here shortly after delivery, will have their birth certificates prepared by a dedicated member of the Birthing Center staff. Mothers of the babies will be given a worksheet to fill out with information needed to prepare the birth certificate. Once the birth certificate is prepared, the new parents will be given an opportunity to review the document for any mistakes and for one of them to sign. Every effort is made by the Birthing Center staff to meet with the new mothers in their rooms during their stay. If a member of the Birthing Center staff is unable to meet with the new parents, they will have an opportunity to come into the department during regular business hours to complete the process. Please call in advance to ensure availability of this dedicated staff member's presence prior to your arrival.

If you are not married, the State of Michigan requires that legal paternity be established before a father’s name can be listed on a birth certificate. The Birthing Center staff can prepare an Affidavit of Parentage for you, free of charge. This form is a voluntary, legal document that is used to establish paternity. In order for the Birthing Center staff to assist you with this, the father of the baby must have a picture ID with him. If the Affidavit cannot be finished before discharge, the Birthing Center staff may hold the birth certificate, for up to five days, to finish the Affidavit of Parentage. It is free to file an Affidavit of Parentage with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, but the state does charge a fee to add a father to the birth certificate after processing.

Birth Certificates are sent to Garden City, City Hall for registration. It generally takes three weeks for City Hall to finish the certification process with the State of Michigan. GCH provides a Verification of Birth when the Birth Certificate paperwork has been completed, to be used as proof of the baby’s birth until the birth certificate is available.

**Please Note: Garden City Hospital does not perform paternity (blood) testing.

Download the request for Affidavit of Parentage

Download the Form to Add a Father