Central Ohio offers many excellent options for health facilities where you can deliver your baby.

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 2012 data about birthing hospitals in Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, Pickaway and Union counties. All information was provided by the facilities listed.

Facility: Berger Health System
600 N. Pickaway St., Circleville 43113, 740-420-8555, bergerhealth.com
Births in 2012: 386
Cesarean Sections in 2012: 92
Number of Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) or Labor, Delivery Recovery and Postpartum (LDRP) rooms: 6 LDRP and 1 Postpartum/Recovery Room
IV Required: Yes
24-Hour In-House Anesthesia: No
Certified Nurse Midwife: Yes
Certified Lactation Consultant: Yes, and one International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
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 43228, 614-544-1000, ohiohealth.com/doctors
Births: 905
Cesarean Sections: 219
Number of Antepartum, Triage or Recovery (7 Rooms) and 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 Drive, Dublin 43016, 614-544-8000, ohiohealth.com/dublinmethodist
Births: 1753
Cesarean Sections: 512
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 43130, 740-687-8000, fmchealth.org
Births: 1049
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 43015, 740-615-1000, ohiohealth.com/grady
Births: 391
Cesarean Sections: 121
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: Partnership with Nationwide Children's Hospital for Neonatal Nurse Practitioner coverage, women's health clinic, breastfeeding hotline, kangaroo care, childbirth education, partnership with Riverside Methodist Hospital for maternity care, free parking, support person allowed to stay 24 hours.

Facility: Grant Medical Center
111 S. Grant Ave., Columbus 43215, 614-566-9000, ohiohealth.com/grant
Births: 2531
Cesarean Sections: 737
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: 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, prenatal classes and tours, daily discharge classes, lactation support to all breastfeeding patients daily including evenings and weekends, free weekly lactation support group, Mother's Milk Bank of Ohio, and free parking for all patients and visitors.

Facility: Licking Memorial Hospital
1320 W. Main St., Newark 43055, 740-348-4000, lmhealth.org
Births: 1,078
Cesarean Sections: 241
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, 3
Certified Lactation Consultant: Yes, 2
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: Memorial Hospital of Union County
500 London Ave., Marysville 43040, 937-644-6115, memorialhosp.org
Births: 541
Cesarean Sections per year: 177
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 (labor rooms) with Jacuzzis, electronic infant security with unit lock-down, mother/baby couplet care, home-like environment with individualized care, 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 43213, 614-234-6000, mountcarmelhealth.com
Births: 2347
Cesarean Sections: 783
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 43081, 614-898-4000, mountcarmelhealth.com
Births: 4457
Cesarean Sections: 1149
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 43222, 614-234-5000, mountcarmelhealth.com
Births: 1546
Cesarean Sections: 405
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 43210, 1-800-293-5123, medicalcenter.osu.edu
Births: 4186
Cesarean Sections: 1496
Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) or Labor, Delivery Recovery and Postpartum room (LDRP): 13 LDR, 40 private Postpartum 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 (Maternal Fetal Medicine),24 hourin-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 Road, Columbus 43214, 614-566-5000, ohiohealth.com/riverside
Births: 6089
Cesarean Sections: 1559
Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) or Labor, Delivery Recovery and Postpartum room (LDRP): 20 LDR, Triage (7 beds)
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, breast feeding support group, 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, 24 hour in-house physician coverage.