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.
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:
- 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.
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.
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