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 Go-To Guide, we have compiled 2013 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

Births: 391

Cesarean Sections: 113

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

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, lactation consultations and infant weight checks

Facility:Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing St., Lancaster 43130, 740-687-8000

Births: 1,037

Cesarean Sections: 269

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:Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St., Newark 43055, 740-348-4000

Births: 1,025

Cesarean Sections: 257

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

Births: 570

Cesarean Sections per year: 172

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: Yes

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

Births: 2,083

Cesarean Sections: 656

Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) or Labor, Delivery Recovery and Postpartum room (LDRP): Both

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: Level 3

Additional Features: 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

Births: 4,504

Cesarean Sections: 1,196

Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) or Labor, Delivery Recovery and Postpartum room (LDRP): Both

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: Level 3

Additional Features: 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

Births: 1,536

Cesarean Sections: 413

Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) or Labor, Delivery Recovery and Postpartum room (LDRP): Both

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: Level 3

Additional Features: MFM program with on-site and available for consultation, childbirth education classes, OB/GYN clinic services

Facility: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, 410 W. 10th Ave., Columbus 43210, 1-800-293-5123

Births: 4,830

Cesarean Sections: 1,650

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: OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, 5100 W. Broad St., Columbus 43228, 614-544-1000

Births: 922

Cesarean Sections: 227

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 3 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: OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, 7500 Hospital Drive, Dublin 43016, 614-544-8000

Births: 1911

Cesarean Sections: 529

Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) or Labor, Delivery Recovery and Postpartum room (LDRP): 9 LDR, 8 Antepartum, 19 Postpartum

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 person, refrigerators and bedside computer access, outdoor gardens on each unit

Facility: OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, 561 W. Central Ave., Delaware 43015, 740-615-1000

Births: 358

Cesarean Sections: 95

Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) or Labor, Delivery Recovery and Postpartum room (LDRP): 4 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 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: OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, 111 S. Grant Ave., Columbus 43215, 614-566-9000

Births: 2,579

Cesarean Sections: 736

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: OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, 3535 Olentangy River Road, Columbus 43214, 614-566-5000

Births: 6,229

Cesarean Sections: 2,010

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, breastfeeding 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