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Bain Birthing Center

When you have your baby at Bain Birthing Center, you’ll enjoy a warm, personal, family-centered atmosphere coupled with all the resources and expertise of a Harvard-affiliated hospital.

Family-Centered Birth Facilities

Family Centered Birth Facilities

You’ll appreciate a birthing center that’s specially designed to promote an individualized, family-centered birth experience, no matter how you deliver.

Private Labor & Delivery Rooms

You’ll deliver your baby in a private Labor/Delivery/Recovery (LDR) room. Each room has adjustable lighting and includes a rocking chair and a private bathroom with a shower or tub. You’ll also find amenities to help you achieve the most comfortable and effective positions for labor and birth, such as:

  • Adjustable birthing bed
  • Birthing ball (exercise ball)
  • Birthing bar (squat bar)
  • Birthing stool or chair
  • Wireless electronic fetal monitoring system that allows you to safely walk around the unit while you’re in labor

For those who qualify and are working with the midwives, if you want a water birth, there is a room with a freestanding birthing tub.

Cesarean Birth Rooms

If you need a cesarean birth, you’ll deliver in an operating suite adjacent to the labor and delivery area. You’ll have the option of a clear drape, so you can see your baby being born. Learn more about our family-centered approach to Cesarean deliveries.

Private Maternity Suites

Private Maternity Suites

After delivery, you’ll move to a quiet, private maternity suite in our postpartum unit. Your suite includes a private bathroom and a chair that reclines into bed so a family member can spend the night.

Your baby will stay with you in the maternity suite unless he or she requires special care. Learn more about newborn services.

Kitchens & Meal Delivery

Kitchens & Meal Delivery

While staying at Bain Birthing Center, you’ll have 24/7 access to self-service kitchen areas stocked with a variety of drinks as well as pantry staples like bread, peanut butter and jelly. Fresh pastries and coffee are available each morning.

You also may order meals from our food service menu anytime between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Late-night meal service is available while you’re staying the LDR room. Food will be delivered to your room. Learn more about dining and meal service at Mount Auburn Hospital.

When You Arrive

When You Arrive

If you have a scheduled appointment (for example: an ultrasound, a non-stress test, a scheduled induction or a scheduled cesarean birth), go to the Admitting/Registration in Needham Lobby before coming to Bain Birthing Center.

If you think you’re in labor, call your pregnancy care provider’s office before you come to the hospital. If you arrive between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., use the hospital’s Main Entrance. If you arrive between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m., enter though the Emergency Room. Take the South Elevators directly to the Bain Birthing Center on the fifth floor. You may call the admitting department after you’ve settled into your LDR room.

Birthing Center Safety & Security

Birthing Center Safety & Security

Trust our staff to keep you and your baby safe during your stay at Mount Auburn Hospital.

  • Our facility is secure: All entrances to Bain Birthing Center are locked 24/7. Guests must press the silver doorbell to request access.
  • Our hospital staff wear identification (ID) badges at all times.
  • Your baby receives a hospital ID band with a numbers that match your ID band before leaving the delivery area. A nurse will check the ID numbers every time you and your newborn are reunited.

Birthing Center Visiting Hours & Policies

Birthing Center Visiting Hours & Policies

Get the support you want and share your newborn’s first moments with loved ones at Bain Birthing Center. Visitor guidelines for each area of Bain Birthing Center are listed below. To protect your baby’s health, all visitors must be healthy, with no signs of or recent exposure to influenza or other infectious diseases.

Labor/Delivery/Recovery Rooms

You may have up to three support people with you during labor and delivery. This number includes any older children or hired doulas who are attending the birth. If you’re having a Cesarean birth (C-section), you may have one support person with you in the Caesarean birth room.

Maternity Suite (Postpartum Unit)

Your partner and children and the baby’s grandparents are welcome anytime. Other adult visitors are welcome from 1 to 8 p.m. Children other than siblings aren’t allowed.

Level IIA Nursery

Your baby may have two visitors at a time; one of those visitors must be a parent. Your children and your baby’s grandparents are welcome anytime. Other adult visitors are welcome from 1 to 8 p.m. Children other than siblings aren’t allowed.

Explore our patients and visitors section to learn more about visitor policies, as well as parking, dining and other amenities at Mount Auburn Hospital.

Tour Bain Birthing Center

Get a firsthand look at the comfortable features, amenities and advanced technology available at Bain Birth Center. Search for upcoming tours and register online.

Learn More

View our video tour to discover how the doctors, midwives and nurses at Bain Birthing Center facilitate a birth experience to meet your needs.

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