Overlake Medical Center has been supporting childbearing families for more than 50 years, and each year we help welcome approximately 4,000 new babies into the world.
Our Childbirth Center
Your baby’s birth is a personal, life changing journey. At Overlake, we are here to support you through this remarkable experience.
Overlake Medical Center has been supporting childbearing families for more than 50 years, and each year we help welcome approximately 4,000 new babies into the world. Our Childbirth Center offers outstanding maternity care in a warm, welcoming environment. Our birthing rooms are private suites equipped with jetted tubs, birth balls, and recliners. Should you need more specialized birth care, we have two, closely situated cesarean birth rooms equipped for cesarean birth or more challenging vaginal deliveries. For babies needing additional medical attention, our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is staffed and equipped to provide your baby with state of the art care.
Childbirth Preparation & Classes
Click here for more information on how to prepare for your baby and what resources Overlake Medical Center has available for you.
Classes + Tours
Take advantage of our extensive variety of classes for expectant parents, including our popular Childbirth Preparation series and schedule a tour of our Childbirth Center. (Please note, a tour is included as part of our childbirth preparation classes). Children under the age of 5 may not attend our public tours. Register online here or call 425.688.5259.
Choosing a Childbirth Center
Bringing a child into the world is a celebration of life. As prospective parents, you will need to plan ahead for the arrival of your new baby. Where you choose to deliver your baby is important, and it's good to know what questions to ask while making your decision. Things to keep in mind are:
- Comprehensive services and programs
- Birthing philosophy and policies
- Delivering physicians/midwives on staff
- Facility should include state-of-the-art technology and security
- High risk care obstetrical care/High risk neonatal care
- 24/7 dedicated obstetrical anesthesia
- 24/7 OB Hospitalists
- Insurance coverage
- Proximity to work and home
Knowing in advance what is most important for you and your baby will help you choose a healthcare provider and facility that supports a positive birth outcome. It is also helpful to take a tour of the birth center and see the birthing suites.
The Childbirth Center at Overlake provides 12 fully-equipped, private labor/delivery/recovery suites. Each suite has a special birthing bed, Jacuzzi tub, television and CD player. Two surgical suites specially equipped for Cesarean or high-risk vaginal births are located within the unit.
Twenty-eight private mother/baby rooms provide a comfortable atmosphere following your recovery. Each room is conveniently equipped with a television and personal educational videos to enhance the patient education program. The mother/baby suites also have a shower and hair dryer. Your baby can stay in the room with you at all times so you and your growing family have the chance to get to know each other before going home.
All patient rooms have a lounge chair that converts into a bed. Your birth partner may stay overnight if desired, before or after the birth. There is ample space for family members you wish to have present at your baby's birth.
Patients and families have access to free, wireless Internet throughout the entire Childbirth Center.
The Childbirth Center's four-level security program includes a state-of-the-art system to help ensure you and your newborn are receiving care in a secure environment.
Our experienced nursing staff will spend time with you and your baby, teaching you basic infant care such as feeding, diapering and swaddling.
Step-by-step information on when you come to the hospital.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will I stay in the Mother Baby Unit?
Usually, after a normal, vaginal birth, moms and babies stay with us for about 24 hours. After an uncomplicated cesarean birth, the stay usually lasts 48 hours. Longer than normal stays are determined by your medical needs and your healthcare provider.
How can I help reduce germs for my baby?
Keeping hands clean is the best way to avoid illness and sharing germs! Staff and visitors should wash or sanitize their hands before, and after, caring for you or your baby. Sick visitors should stay home! Encourage family and friends to get a flu vaccine and a whooping cough vaccine (Tdap).
Please ask your care providers and visitors in the hospital, "Did you wash or sanitize your hands?" This also applies once you arrive home as visitors ask to hold your baby.
Do you have rules about visitors?
Your visitors are welcome at any time, but please remind family and friends that moms need rest and nursing care during their hospital stay. For safety and to protect patient privacy, we do not allow visitors to linger in hallways. A waiting area for family and friends is located near the reception desk. Other waiting areas are also available throughout the hospital. Please do not leave children unattended.
Visitors are welcome any time. We encourage you to remind friends and family that moms need rest and nursing care, especially during the first few days after delivery.
The Childbirth Center is equipped with a state-of-the-art security system to ensure you and your baby are receiving care in a safe, secure environment.
Our Mother-Baby Unit is located in the Childbirth Center and on West 3. Please ask your family and friends to call the Childbirth Center reception desk at 425-688-5326 to determine your location following your baby’s birth
If you're planning on visiting, please learn more about how to determine the room number and location of the mother and baby.
What about meals?
All of mom’s meals will be provided. Overlake now offers Seasons Dining Room Service during your stay - which includes vegetarian and gluten-free options. Your nurse will provide information about placing meal requests for you and your partner.
Length of Stay
After your baby’s birth, you’ll move to a comfortable private room equipped with a shower, hair dryer, television and free wireless Internet access. There’s also a recliner for your support person to nap in or spend the night.
We encourage you to keep baby in the room with you so that your growing family can get the chance to know each other before going home. Our nursing staff will spend time with you and your baby, teaching you basic infant care such as feeding, diapering and swaddling. When it comes to feeding your baby, all of our Childbirth Center nurses are trained to help you with nursing. There are also lactation consultants available as needed to help you in the hospital and after you and your baby go home.
Your length of stay in the hospital depends on your medical need. Generally, for a normal vaginal birth, moms stay 24 hours after delivery in the hospital. For a normal, uncomplicated C-section, moms generally stay 48 hours before discharge.
Preparing to Go Home
When you go home, remember, it takes time to recover from pregnancy and birth.
Plan to rest, eat well and spend precious time with your baby. Refer to your discharge instructions and clipboard for information.
- Don’t lift anything heavier than the baby for the first few weeks.
- Sleep when your baby sleeps.
- Let someone else do the shopping, vacuuming, cleaning and cooking.
- Limit housework for the first few weeks.
- Do NOT drive a car until your doctor says it’s OK, and do not drive while on prescription pain medicine.
Do I need a car seat?
If going home in a vehicle, the law requires you to use an appropriate car seat for your infant. Please bring it with you. We ask that you install it in your car, and learn how it works before you come to the hospital. (Smaller babies may not be able to use a standard car seat. We will discuss this with you if the need arises.)
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
In the event your baby is born prematurely or needs additional medical assistance, we have a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) on West 2.
Taking Care of Your New Baby
Choosing a Doctor for Your New Baby
View pediatricians and family practices affiliated with Overlake. It is important your baby has a pediatrician before birth. He/She must be seen within 24 hours of birth.
After Your Baby is Born
Comprehensive postpartum follow-up care
Along with excellent care during labor and birth, Overlake provides a comprehensive postpartum follow-up appointment for both mom and her new baby through our Mom & Baby Care Center. Lactation support, newborn hearing screenings, nursing bra fittings, and breast pump rentals are available through the Mom & Baby Care Center along with a Baby Boutique filled with all the essentials.
Bella Baby Photography is available in our childbirth center to take portraits of your newborn and your family during your stay. Click here for more information.
Childbirth Center Renovation
We have upgraded our Childbirth Center including new paint, new flooring and a remodel of the reception/waiting area.
A waiting area is available on the first floor of the Overlake Medical Tower. Family and visitors can also visit Stanzas Café, Starbucks and the
Atrium Café while they wait. Directions to and hours of operation for these facilities are available at check-in.
Our Mother-Baby Unit is located in the Childbirth Center.
Ask your family and friends to call the Childbirth Center reception desk at 425.688.5326 to determine your location following your baby’s birth.
Simplifying Your Admission
While getting ready for baby, we help you take one more thing off your “to do” list.
Register for your hospital admission early. You can:
- Get the form from your healthcare provider
- Pick up a form from Admitting
- Or register online
Then when you come to the hospital to have your baby, you don’t need to go to the main Admitting desk. Come directly to the Childbirth Center on the sixth floor of the West Garage.
Choose a Doctor for Your Baby
Before you go to the hospital, be sure to select a pediatrician or family practice doctor for your new baby.
You can choose your preferred physician by clicking on Family Practice or Pediatrics on the Find a Doctor list.
If you have questions about the costs of your hospital stay, insurance coverage or payment, our financial counselors can help you. You may contact Edward Blain at 425.467.3518 or Dawn Durham at 425.688.5655 Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.