The Upstate Family Birth Center offers a safe, comfortable place to welcome your baby into the world. We work with you and your doctor to provide the birth experience you seek, and further support you with physicians, neonatal nurse practitioners, family nurse practitioners, specialty trained nurses, and access to anesthesia on site, around the clock.
Upstate is the only facility in Syracuse that allows for the option of a “VBAC” delivery – a vaginal birth delivery after a cesarean section.
For those who would like to experience natural childbirth using alternative pain management, our skilled obstetricians and certified nurse-midwives offer various options including birthing balls, hydrotherapy, and welcome coaching by doulas.
We’re also the only birthing center in Syracuse to offer the option of nitrous oxide use for labor and delivery pain relief. Nitrous oxide is self-administered, easy to use, fast-acting and has no lasting effect on mom or baby. It also does not interfere with breastfeeding. (create a link here to the PDF)
While in labor, you will be placed in one of six, spa-like private birthing suites, that all feature state-of-the-art birthing beds. Each room has a spacious bathroom, complete with a Jazuzzi tub.
Monitoring Your Baby
As fetal monitoring may be necessary in labor, the center's monitors are waterproof and portable, allowing for close observation even while the mother walks or uses the Jacuzzi. Specialized obstetric anesthesiologists are available to provide epidural or other form of anesthesia customized to the mother's pain-control preferences. The mother-baby staff is ever-ready to assess your newborn and assist you in learning how to care for your baby.
Upstate’s Family Birth Center team is highly skilled in handling routine as well as complicated deliveries. Should challenges arise, the Center is equipped with surgical delivery rooms for Cesarean deliveries.