Family Birthing Center in Derry, New Hampshire

At Parkland Medical Center, you can trust us to walk with you through the entire childbirth process, from preparing for the big day to heading home with your new baby. We offer comprehensive childbirth services and comfortable amenities to help make labor and delivery the special experience you want it to be.

Call our Consult-A-Nurse® team, available 24/7, at (877) 642-2362 for information about our labor and delivery services or to register for an upcoming class.

At Parkland, we're dedicated to providing each mother with personalized labor and delivery services. Our birth center offers:

  • Comfortable birthing suites: Our private birthing suites feature private baths, Jacuzzi tubs, comfortable furniture, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and a sleep sofa for an overnight guest. We also offer Reiki, aromatherapy, special lighting, private bathrooms and soaking tubs for hydrotherapy.
  • Childbirth techniques: We use a number of techniques to make your labor more comfortable and effective, including birthing balls, adjustable birthing beds, breathing and relaxation techniques, music therapy, heat therapy and water therapy.
  • Pain management techniques: We can provide medications, epidural anesthesia and alternative pain options. Your OB/GYN or midwife can work with you to select the best pain management for you.
  • Cesarean births: Our labor and delivery staff have experience performing cesarean births (C-sections)—delivering babies through the mother’s abdomen. While some C-sections are planned, others are scheduled during labor under certain circumstances (for example, if the baby’s head is too large to pass through the birth canal). Our C-section rates are lower than national averages, but rest assured that if a surgical birth is necessary, you and your baby are in good hands.

Mothers at our birthing center also benefit from:

  • Collaboration with top neonatal doctors and services in New Hampshire: We collaborate with top neonatal experts at Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. We can also connect you with neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners, available 24/7, for telemedicine services.
  • Continuous care for your family: Parkland offers specialized health services for all your family’s needs, from birth to old age. This includes adult and pediatric emergency care and women’s health services for every stage of life. We can also arrange transport to a neonatal intensive care unit if needed.
  • Time to bond with your new baby: We provide a soothing environment for your delivery that supports integrative care, intimacy and bonding.
  • Additional services available at Parkland: We offer ongoing support as you transition from labor to physical recovery. We also provide continuing emotional support and encouragement for you as a new parent.

Preparing for labor and delivery

Pack an overnight bag in advance of your due date. Include:

  • A baby book to get your baby’s footprints after delivery
  • A personal music player
  • Addresses and phone numbers of friends and family
  • An approved infant car seat
  • Any special pillows from home with a colored pillowcase to differentiate it from hospital bedding
  • Baby clothes, including an outfit, hat, booties and blanket
  • Camera and/or video equipment
  • Loose-fitting clothes to wear home
  • A nightgown or pajamas, a robe, slippers, a bra and underwear to wear after your delivery
  • Reading materials, such as books and magazines
  • Snacks for dad or your labor coach
  • Toiletries and personal hygiene items
  • Warm socks
  • Your insurance card
  • The telephone number of your insurance company
  • Photo identification

What not to bring to the hospital

Do not bring medications or prescriptions from home. Leave valuables, jewelry, money (credit cards, your checkbook and paper money) and your wallet or purse at home.

When to go to the birth center

Call your physician for guidance on whether to stay home or go to the hospital. Signs that it’s time to go to the hospital include:

  • Regular, painful contractions
  • Your water has broken
  • Heavy bleeding
  • You don’t feel your baby moving

When it’s time to deliver your baby, go straight to the ER. Your doctor or midwife will evaluate your condition, observe your contractions and monitor your baby’s heartbeat.

Maternity unit visiting hours

During labor, your husband, partner or coach can visit any time. Additional visitors are permitted with your approval. After delivery, your friends and family can visit at any time. Just remember that you’ll need plenty of rest during this time, and you’ll want some privacy with your baby.

Children under 12 years old can visit with supervision. To safeguard your baby’s health, any visiting children need to have up-to-date immunizations. Anyone recently exposed to an infection, such as a cold or flu, should not visit the maternity unit. All visitors must check-in at the nurses’ station to obtain a visitor badge.

Take a Guided Tour of our Birth Center

Familiarize yourself with our birth center before you go into labor. During our guided tour, you’ll learn where to park and check in on the big day, see our labor and delivery unit up close, peek in the well-baby nursery, and have an opportunity to ask questions about your hospital stay.

Private and group tours are available. Tours are free, but registration is required. Call (877) 642-2362 to schedule.

Postpartum care

Immediately following your delivery, you'll transition to our postpartum services. We'll focus on ongoing care for you and your new baby, beginning at the birthing center. We'll also provide some supplies to help you care for your baby at home.