Family Birth Center
Jefferson Healthcare Hospital - 3rd Floor
Port Townsend, WA 98368
360-385-2200, ext. 3600
Family Birth is designated as a Baby Friendly Hospital, the fifth in the State of Washington to achieve this certification. The World Health Organization confirms that Jefferson Healthcare's Family Birth Center staff of registered nurses and physicians will provide a unique and critical link between the breast feeding support for the mother prior to and after delivery. Only 5% of hospitals in the United States have been able to successfully achieve this designation.
The Family Birth Center offers four attractive and spacious birthing suites, located in an outstanding medical facility that provides all the modern technology in a warm, caring, and welcoming environment. Our families love the individualized attention, the private rooms, and the family-centered nursing staff.
Our birthing suites have many comforts of home—refrigerators, televisions, CD players, soaking tubs, and large private showers - some with beautiful views of the mountains and water. Your partner or spouse is encouraged to stay with you throughout your labor and delivery. Your baby will room in with you, and siblings are always welcome when accompanied by an adult.
Helping Make Your Labor Easier
In addition to your nurse, who will help you through labor, Jefferson Healthcare’s Family Birth Center provides: soaking tubs for hydrotherapy; telemetric fetal monitoring, so that you can walk and have a high level of mobility during fetal monitoring; and nurse anesthetists fully trained in pain management approaches.
Help With Your Newborn
Our nurses are all trained in postpartum and newborn care. They can help you learn bathing, swaddling, and comforting techniques as well as how to recognize your baby’s cues and states of awareness. You also will receive encouragement and support in your feeding preferences. You go home feeling confident to take excellent care of your new baby.
After You Go Home
After you go home, we’ll still be in touch. We offer a postpartum clinic to evaluate how things are going with you and your baby, to answer any questions, or provide any referrals you may need. The caring staff at Jefferson Healthcare Family Birth Center is here to make the miracle of birth a wonderful, healthy experience for you and your family.
After you begin labor, you want to be free to focus on the birth of your baby. That’s why our pre-admission process is so helpful. Well before your baby’s due date, you are invited to take advantage of our complimentary Baby Steps program. This includes a tour of the Family Birth Center, filling out admission paperwork, and an opportunity to spend time with one of our birth nurses to ask questions and discuss your birth plans.