We have compiled 2011 data about birthing hospitals in Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, Madison, Pickaway and Union counties.

Central Ohio offers many excellent options for health facilities where you can deliver your baby. In this month's Go-To Guide, we have compiled 2011 data about birthing hospitals in Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, Madison, Pickaway and Union counties. All information was provided by the facilities listed. Facility: Berger Health System, 600 N. Pickaway St., Circleville, 740-420-8555, bergerhealth.com Births in 2011: 367 Cesarean Sections in 2011: 82 Number of Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) or Labor, Delivery Recovery and Postpartum (LDRP) rooms: 8 LDRP IV Required: Yes 24-Hour In-House Anesthesia: Yes Certified Nurse Midwife: Yes Certified Lactation Consultant: Yes Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Neonatology Services: No Additional Features: Multiple education classes for expecting and new parents including Tiny Talk and Happiest Baby on the Block. Facility: Doctors Hospital, 5100 W. Broad St., Columbus, 614-544-1000, ohiohealth.com/doctors Births: 912 Cesarean Sections: 272 Number of Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) or Labor, Delivery Recovery and Postpartum (LDRP) rooms: 12 LDRP IV Required: Yes 24-Hour In-House Anesthesia: Yes Certified Nurse Midwife: No Certified Lactation Consultant: Yes Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Neonatology Services:Level 2 Newborn Special Care Unit Additional Features: All private rooms with private bathrooms, surgical suite, NSCU unit and LDPRs all in one area on the same floor, 24 hour in-house physician coverage, free parking, support person allowed to stay 24 hours, breast pump rental program, baby weight station, Maternal Fetal Medicine for high risk patients, kangaroo care, childbirth education and easy access to the freeway. Facility: Dublin Methodist Hospital, 7500 Hospital Dr., Dublin, 614-544-8000, ohiohealth.com/dublinmethodist Births: 1594 Cesarean Sections: 462 Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) or Labor, Delivery Recovery and Postpartum room (LDRP): 9 LDR IV Required: Yes 24-Hour In-House Anesthesia: Yes Certified Nurse Midwife: CNMs are in-house 24/7, but they do not have their own patients. They perform deliveries if the physician is unavailable or patient arrives without an assigned physician. Certified Lactation Consultant: Yes Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Neonatology Services: Level 2 Newborn Special Care Unit Additional Features: 24-hour in-house physician coverage, free parking, quiet and soothing environment, unique hospital design that provides patient privacy, large private rooms with bathrooms, sleeping space for support persons, refrigerators and beside computer access, outdoor gardens on each unit. Facility: Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing St., Lancaster, 740-687-8000, fmchealth.org Births: 1052 Cesarean Sections: 286 Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) or Labor, Delivery Recovery and Postpartum room (LDRP): 14 LDRP rooms, but practice as an LDR IV Required: Yes 24-Hour In-House Anesthesia: No Certified Nurse Midwife: No Certified Lactation Consultant: Yes Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Neonatology Services: Level 1 Additional Features: Childbirth classes, home visits Facility: Grady Memorial Hospital, 561 W. Central Ave., Delaware, 740-615-1000, ohiohealth.com/grady Births: 379 Cesarean Sections: 144 Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) or Labor, Delivery Recovery and Postpartum room (LDRP): 4 LDR IV Required: Yes 24-Hour In-House Anesthesia: Anesthesia is available. And in-house when patients have epidurals Certified Nurse Midwife: No Certified Lactation Consultant: Yes Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Neonatology Services: Level 1 Newborn Nursery Additional Features: Employed NNP, women's health clinic, breastfeeding hotline, childbirth education, relationship with Riverside Methodist Hospital, free parking, support person allowed to stay 24 hours. Facility: Grant Medical Center, 111 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, 614-566-9000, ohiohealth.com/grant Births: 2495 Cesarean Sections: 711 Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) or Labor, Delivery Recovery and Postpartum room (LDRP): 8 LDR IV Required: Yes 24-Hour In-House Anesthesia: Yes Certified Nurse Midwife: No Certified Lactation Consultant: Yes Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Neonatology Services: Level 3 NICU Additional Features: Located in the Ann Burba Crane Center for Women and Babies, eight private birthing suites with large family areas including sleeper sofas and patients' own bathrooms and showers, 27 private postpartum rooms with bathrooms, showers and sleep accommodations for the patient support person; a well-baby nursery located on the same floor as the postpartum rooms, a Nationwide Children's Hospital NICU, five private rooms designed specifically for women with high-risk pregnancies, Mother's Milk Bank of Ohio, bra fitting services, breast pump rental and retail items, free parking for all patients and visitors. Facility: Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St., Newark, 740-348-4000, lmhealth.org Births: 974 Cesarean Sections: 264 Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) or Labor, Delivery Recovery and Postpartum room (LDRP): 5 LDR, 2 recovery beds, 18 Postpartum beds IV Required: Yes, for inductions and C-Sections; If patient not being augmented, and requests no IV, the alternative is a Heparin Lock ( small tubes attached to a catheter, inserted into the arm and held in place with tape in order to administer drugs and fluids for epidurals or emergencies) 24-Hour In-House Anesthesia: No Certified Nurse Midwife: Yes Certified Lactation Consultant: Yes Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Neonatology Services: Level 2 Additional Features: Chef-prepared gourmet meal for parents; Certified Massage Therapist for labor patients and post delivery; Childbirth Education, Sibling classes, Infant CPR, Maternity tours; Safe sitter classes; Breastfeeding Education & Support Program; Certified Car Seat Technicians Facility: Madison County Hospital, 210 N. Main St., London, 740-845-7272, madisoncountyhospital.org Births: 300 (data from 2010) Cesarean Sections: 119 (data from 2010) Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) or Labor, Delivery Recovery and Postpartum room (LDRP): Usually LDRP, but occasionally LDR IV Required: Generally yes when in labor, unless patient requests otherwise and condition is stable for saline lock.If a patient comes in the night before foran induction, we will utilize a saline lock until labor is established, or Pitocin is needed. 24-Hour In-House Anesthesia: No Certified Nurse Midwife: No Certified Lactation Consultant: Yes Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Neonatology Services: Level 1 Additional Features: Our certified childbirth educator and pediatrician offer a very personalized and extensive childbirth class.We also offer a prenatal clinic so that uninsured and underinsured clients can receive prenatal care based on a sliding scale (sometimes free).We encourage Kangaroo Care and rooming in with parents.A "candlelight" celebration dinner is also provided to the new parents free of cost. Facility: Memorial Hospital of Union County, 500 London Ave., Marysville, 937-644-6115, memorialhosp.org Births: 549 Cesarean Sections per year: 168 Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) or Labor, Delivery Recovery and Postpartum room (LDRP): LDR IV Required: standard of care, but patient desire considered 24-Hour In-House Anesthesia: available Certified Nurse Midwife:No Certified Lactation Consultant: Yes Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Neonatology Services: No Additional Features: Birthing suites with Jacuzzis, electronic infant security with unit lock-down, mother/baby couplet care, complimentary 30-minute post-delivery massage, sleeping accommodations for father/significant other, celebration meal, internet/Wi-Fi access, spacious waiting area for family/visitors. Facility: Mount Carmel East, 6001 E. Broad St., Columbus, 614-234-6000, mountcarmelhealth.com Births: 2352 Cesarean Sections: 253 (reported low-risk, first-time deliveries only) Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) or Labor, Delivery Recovery and Postpartum room (LDRP): Both IV Required: Yes, IV access required 24-Hour In-House Anesthesia: Yes Certified Nurse Midwife: Yes Certified Lactation Consultant: Yes Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Neonatology Services: Level 3 Additional Features: Level III maternity, MFM program with on site and available for consultation, childbirth education classes, OB/ GYN clinic services Facility: Mount Carmel St. Ann's, 500 S. Cleveland Ave., Westerville, 614-898-4000, mountcarmelhealth.com Births: 4678 Cesarean Sections: 409 (reported low-risk, first-time deliveries only) Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) or Labor, Delivery Recovery and Postpartum room (LDRP): Both IV Required: Yes, IV access required 24-Hour In-House Anesthesia: Yes Certified Nurse Midwife: Yes Certified Lactation Consultant: Yes Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Neonatology Services: Level 3 Additional Features: Level III maternity, MFM program with on site and available for consultation, childbirth education classes, OB/ GYN clinic services Facility: Mount Carmel West, 793 W. State St., Columbus, 614-234-5000, mountcarmelhealth.com Births: 1368 Cesarean Sections: 84 (reported low-risk, first-time deliveries only) Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) or Labor, Delivery Recovery and Postpartum room (LDRP): Both IV Required: Yes, IV access required 24-Hour In-House Anesthesia: Yes Certified Nurse Midwife: Yes Certified Lactation Consultant: Yes Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Neonatology Services: Level 3 Additional Features: Level III maternity, MFM program with on site and available for consultation, childbirth education classes, OB/ GYN clinic services Facility: The Ohio State University Medical Center, 410 W. 10th Ave., Columbus, 1-800-293-5123, medicalcenter.osu.edu Births: 4027 Cesarean Sections: 1473 Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) or Labor, Delivery Recovery and Postpartum room (LDRP): 13 LDR, 40 private Post Partum rooms IV Required: No 24-Hour In-House Anesthesia: Yes Certified Nurse Midwife: Yes Certified Lactation Consultant: Yes Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Neonatology Services: Level 3 Additional Features: Nationally renowned high-risk pregnancy specialists,24-hrin-house physician coverage, prenatal diagnosis program including genetics/maternal fetal medicine physician and three genetic counselors, diabetes in pregnancy program, fetal surgery program for complex birth defects, prematurity prevention program with dedicated nursing and physician expertise, special inpatient unit for women with high-risk pregnancies, childbirth education classes, all private rooms, dining on demand, complimentary support-person breakfast Facility: Riverside Methodist Hospital, 3535 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, 614-566-5000, ohiohealth.com/riverside Births: 6079 Cesarean Sections: 1850 Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) or Labor, Delivery Recovery and Postpartum room (LDRP): 20 LDR IV Required: Yes 24-Hour In-House Anesthesia: Yes Certified Nurse Midwife: No, but there are several physician practices who utilize them Certified Lactation Consultant: Yes Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Neonatology Services: Level 3 NICU Additional Features: Partnership with Nationwide Children's Hospital for management of the NICU, outpatient lactation program, breast pump rental program, baby weight station, Maternal Fetal Medicine for high risk patients, kangaroo care, childbirth education, women's boutique, designated inpatient unit for women with high-risk pregnancies, all private rooms, parenting helpline, free parking, support person allowed to stay 24 hours.