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Childbirth Services

the birthDAY VENUE  

At Catholic Medical Center, our birthing program and center are designed especially by and for new moms. When you first visit our labor and delivery unit, The Mom's Place, you will experience its inviting home-like ambience, but it's our philosophy of family-centered care that really sets us apart.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit & Family Suites

CMC's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit & Family Suites offers a state-of-the-art NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), designed to meet the distinct needs of newborns born as early as 30 weeks.

In collaboration with a team of Dartmouth Health Children’s neonatologists and advanced practice providers, we provide high quality medical expertise to monitor, treat, and care for newborns requiring intensive care.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit & Family Suites practices Family Integrated Care, a philosophy of care designed to encourage bonding and attachment between parents and their newborns, beginning immediately after birth, and continuing throughout your NICU stay to your journey home. This model of care allows for parents/caregivers to room with their baby 24/7 and be involved in all aspects of their infant’s care.

You’re in good hands when you choose to have your baby at CMC. Our team includes all of the resources you might need from neonatologists, physicians and nurses to a lactation specialist, social workers, dieticians and physical therapists to support and educate you.  

Take a virtual tour below. We look forward to meeting you and your baby.   

CMC NICU Transport Team 

Navigating the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) journey can be stressful for parents, especially when critical transport services are necessary. Rest assured that CMC’s highly trained NICU Transport Team is dedicated to safely transport your newborn from a referring facility to CMC’s NICU & Family Suites. Additionally, we provide advanced monitoring capabilities to ensure your baby receives the necessary care.  

Unlike a standard ambulance, our vehicle is staffed with a highly skilled transport trained Registered Nurse from CMC’s NICU, an EMT/Paramedic driver, and if needed an Advanced Practice Provider depending on the acuity of the baby. An experienced Neonatologist (newborn ICU doctor) is also available by phone at all times. 

A closer look at the services provided by the transport team
  • Our vehicle is equipped with a specialized incubator capable of providing respiratory support, vital sign monitoring, and thermoregulation
  • Respiratory support, IV therapy, antibiotics, phototherapy 
  • Transport services are available to neonatal patients throughout New Hampshire and the Greater Boston area 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Mom's Place & Neonatal Intensive Care Unit & Family Suites

Take a virtual tour

We invite you to take a glimpse at your childbirth environment.

Caring for our

tiniest patients

CMC’s Special Care Nursery—long regarded for the innovative care the unit provides babies and families—has a new name. Services on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit & Family Suites have not changed. The unit still delivers exceptional, state-of-the-art care for babies born as early as 30 weeks gestation. But the new name more accurately reflects the level of care the team provides. 

Your Birth Plan

Planning for Labor & Delivery

Crafting your birth plan can be an essential step in preparing for labor and delivery, allowing you to express your preferences and expectations for the birthing experience. Learn what to expect when you deliver at CMC’s The Mom’s Place from Isabel Brewster, CNM. 

Why choose CMC

The Mom's Place: Private, comfortable & spacious

Our family-centered philosophy means your baby is with you right from birth. You can expect skin-to-skin bonding while your baby rooms with you and your support person. The Mom’s Place birthing suites are designed with you and your family in mind, and provide a private and comfortable space before, during, and after your baby arrives.

  • Spacious birthing suites
  • Pull out couch for overnight support person
  • Table with chairs, recliner, fridge, and microwave
  • Free WiFi and a flat-screen TV
  • Private bathroom with a whirlpool tub (Jacuzzi) for hydrotherapy during labor
  • Room service including three meals a day for you and your support person

NICU & Family Suites: Home-Like Environment

The six, single-family rooms on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) & Family Suites are also built to make your family comfortable and to allow you to spend all the time you need, even overnights, with your baby. 

  • All rooms include a radiant warmer, isolette and bassinet for your baby and sleeping accommodations for you
  • Kitchen with a sink, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and coffee maker
  • Washer and dryer
  • Bathroom with a shower and locker for your belongings
  • Free WIFi and a flat-screen TV
  • Family Lounge provides an array of amenities in a home-like environment and includes

Safety & Security

We take the protection and privacy of our patients very seriously. Our locked units and infant monitoring systems assure the safety and health of you and your baby during your stay.

Important Information about Birthing

at The Mom’s Place 

Due to the pandemic it has been necessary for us to make changes to our birthing policies to keep our patients and staff safe.

Celebrating our

DAISY Nursing Award winner

Congratulations to DAISY Award recipient Becky Zeiba, MSN, RNC-NIC, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit & Family Suites. The DAISY Award recognizes the extraordinary skill and compassion nurses provide patients and their families in often difficult situations. Becky (right) was nominated by Neonatal Intensive Care Unit & Family Suites mom Alyssa Rifkin, who gave birth to her son eleven weeks early—“Becky is able to relate to her patient families and share her unbelievable knowledge with enthusiasm, understanding and heart.” 

supporting families

With Generosity

We are humbled by the generosity of The Diocese of Manchester for donating $250,000 CMC’s Building With Heart Campaign. This generous gift will help expand access to healthcare services in our community. Since caring for the most vulnerable is a cause dear to both of our organizations, we will be naming the family rooms in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit & Family Suites “The Diocese of Manchester Family Care Suites.”

Childbirth classes to help you get ready

Here they come!

A wide variety of classes are offered, such as:

  • What to Expect Pregnancy Support Group
  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Birth Preparation
  • Parenting Your Newborn
  • Becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister
  • CPR and Safety for Caregivers of Infants and Children

Is CMC the Choice for You?

Choosing a Birthplace for You and Your Baby

Preparing for birth by learning about your place of birth, your choices, and by taking classes to get ready can help you explore and alleviate some of the worries that come up.

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Roots for Recovery

Addiction care for you & your baby

Our staff offers addiction treatment and recovery services along with high-quality, compassionate, perinatal care for you and your baby—all at St. Mary’s Bank Pregnancy Care Center at CMC. Get the care, support and treatment you need for a healthy pregnancy and a successful recovery journey.

Local & National Recognition
Union Leader Readers' Choice 2023

It is our privilege to provide health, healing and hope to our community, every day. Your support means everything  to the CMC staff who take pride in caring for you. Thank you for making us your Readers’ Choice!
June 2023

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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield—Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care

CMC has been recognized by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield as a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care for offering higher quality care to mothers. Congratulations to the staff of the Mom’s Place, Special Care Nursery and Pregnancy Care Center for this prestigious recognition. Learn about this designation through the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program Blue Distinction Specialty Care.
March 2021

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Favorite Birthing Center

Thank you for voting for CMC as the family favorite birthing center in Parenting NH’s annual poll. A huge kudos to the staff at The Mom’s Place, Special Care Nursery and Pregnancy Care Center for their dedication and for receiving this recognition eight times!
November 2020

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Redesignated Baby-Friendly Birth Facility

CMC's The Mom's Place is proud to be redesignated, for an additional five years, as a Baby-Friendly® birth facility by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc., a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.
April 2019

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Meet our

Childbirth Care Team

At The Mom’s Place, you will be cared for in a medically safe environment by a team of highly–skilled, board-certified obstetricians and gynecologists, midwives, nurse practitioners and nurses who understand our way of caring.

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