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The Bain Birthing Center 

Please read the following message regarding a change in our visitation policy for the Mother Baby Unit.

It is routine policy to restrict visitors to Post-Partum (Mother Baby Unit) who have symptoms of communicable disease. Given the current outbreak of influenza in the community, ALL visitors shall be actively screened for the presence of influenza like illness. If any of the symptoms below are present (or were present within the last 24 hours), that person should not be allowed to visit N5/ST5.

One or more of these symptoms is usually present with any upper respiratory infection including influenza

  • Do you have a fever (100°F or greater)?
    A fever occurs when your body temperature increases in response to illness or injury. Your temperature is considered elevated when it is 100°F or greater.
  • Do you have dry cough, sore throat, or nasal congestion/runny nose?
  • Do you have muscle aches?
    Body aches that are sudden and unexplained can be a sign of the flu.
  • Do you have chills?
    Body chills not related to a cold environment can be a sign of the flu.


The Bain Birthing Center at Mount Auburn Hospital provides a comfortable, home-like setting for childbirth, but with all the advanced technology that might be needed.

Mount Auburn is proud to offer top-notch prenatal and antenatal facilities in an intimate setting. Birth at Mount Auburn is an inclusive experience. The Bain Birthing Center features a warm, personal and nurturing atmosphere, paying special attention to the comfort of the mother by offering special features like jacuzzi tubs, restaurant-style meals, partner chairs that recline into beds for fathers or other support persons, and rooms featuring views of the Charles River and Boston skyline. In cases where a caesarian section needs to be performed, surgical suites are located adjacent to the labor and delivery area. A state-of-the-art monitoring system allows women to safely walk around the unit while they are in labor.

At the Mount Auburn Hospital Bain Birthing Center, we offer choice. Pain relief during labor is an issue that each woman should explore with her provider. Many women choose to have an epidural, but providers at Mount Auburn, especially nurse-midwives, also support alternative methods such as pressure-point massage, and hypno-birthing (self-hypnosis during the birth process). Women who seek an alternative approach to childbirth itself, such as a water birth, will also find nurse-midwives to help them with such options. In cases where a caesarian section needs to be performed, surgical suites are located adjacent to the labor and delivery area. At Mount Auburn Hospital, we provide support and information; privacy and choice.

The postpartum nursing staff provide new mothers with one-on-one care and education. The Bain Birthing Center offers a variety of services for pregnant and new mothers, including childbirth education classes, BirthPlace tours and breast pump rentals. Services for non-English peaking patients include staff interpreters, Spanish-speaking nurse-midwives and interpreter services for various languages and access to 24-hour telephone interpreter services for more than 100 languages. Once families leave The Bain Birthing Center, they head home knowing that the nursing staff is available after discharge to answer any questions that may arise about the health of mother and baby 24 hours a day.

For more information on having a baby at Mount Auburn Hospital, please call 617-499-5161.

If you would like to tour The Bain Birthing Center at Mount Auburn Hospital, click here to view a schedule and register for a tour.

We also offer an extensive array of childbirth education classes for new and expecting parents as well as siblings. For more information on these classes, call 617-499-5121.

Mount Auburn Hospital 330 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138 617-492-3500