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Family Birthing and Maternity Services, St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport CT

Outcomes & Results

Family Birthing and Maternity Services, St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport CTEvery day, beautiful beginnings happen at St. Vincent's Family Birthing Center. We deliver some 1500 newborns annually.

Our staff includes board-certified obstetricians and pediatricians, neonatologists and perinatalogists, certified nurse midwives, experts in maternal and fetal health, a genetic counselor, two full-time lactation consultants and a staff of dedicated nurses who are breastfeeding support specialists.  

The Family Birthing Center (FBC) is staffed by 56 nurses most of whom are cross trained to provide care in labor and delivery, newborn and postpartum areas.

Positive outcomes

The Family Birthing Center has seven beds in Labor & Delivery and 20 postpartum beds where mothers are transferred after their baby is born. The Medical Center’s new Birthplace, includes two private birth suites where mothers can labor and deliver under the guidance of a midwife.The facility is licensed for 16 newborn beds and has a six bed Level III Special Care nursery (able to care for babies born at 30 weeks gestation or later). The nursery is also available for assessment, treatment and stabilization of newborns with medical concerns.

Great Results

With the expansion of our perinatal services, we remain focused on our most important responsibility -- keeping our mothers and babies safe. For the past five years, the FBC’s staff has received ongoing training to promote teamwork and communication to ensure evidence-based, safe clinical care. We were pioneers in adopting clinical treatment algorithms surrounding the induction of labor, use of Pitocin, and the appropriate timing of elective C-section.

All members of the labor and delivery team participate in team training, effective communication, and skill-based drills. St. Vincent’s Family Birthing Center was the first unit in the region to incorporate the use of an obstetrics simulator in clinical training for emergencies. We were the first in the region to drill and test our capabilities to quickly and reliably initiate an emergency C-section.

In 2008, we introduced our innovative shoulder dystocia (the delivery of the head, the anterior shoulder of the infant cannot pass below the pubic symphysis, or requires significant manipulation to pass through) management program, which has led to a reduction in the occurrence of this potentially devastating complication. Through the combined efforts of the FBC team, we have all but eliminated birth injuries for the past three years.

St. Vincent’s Medical Center became the first hospital in Fairfield County and only the third in the state to receive the designation as a Baby-Friendly™ Hospital by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) through their global Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in 2010.

St. Vincent’s has an affiliated prenatal clinic, the Seton Women’s Center used by approximately 40 percent of the women giving birth at the hospital. The clinic offers care to any patient, even if they do not have insurance coverage, or one that is not universally accepted. 

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To speak with a St. Vincent's Care Line representative, call (877) 255-7847

To speak with someone at the front desk of the Medical Center, please call (203) 576-6000

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