Labor & Delivery

Labor & Delivery

Helping welcome babies like yours is what we do

If you grew up around here, there’s a great chance you were born at Sparrow, gave birth at Sparrow, know someone who was born at Sparrow, or all of the above! 

With 4,000 baby deliveries a year — nearly a quarter of a million babies and counting — Sparrow Hospital is the Mid-Michigan’s premier birthing center and the go-to destination for the best quality care for babies and moms.

Our Women's Services caregivers have been being awarded the 2020 Gold designation by MI AIM, recognizing their hard work in improving care for mothers and babies! MI AIM is affiliated with the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM). MI AIM’s goal, working with 80 birthing hospitals and healthcare professionals statewide, is to eliminate preventable maternal illness, death, and healthcare inequalities.

Resources and support for every part of your journey

It takes work to welcome a new baby into the world. As your experienced partners in this process, we’re here to give you the help you need, not just during labor and delivery, but through pregnancy, breastfeeding and caring for your newborn. 

If you need any specialized care during pregnancy, you can rely on Sparrow Hospital’s highly qualified obstetrics and gynecology doctors. Our expert team includes Mid-Michigan’s only board-certified perinatologist (a type of obstetrician who specializes in treating high-risk pregnancies). 

Our resource program includes helpful classes for parents-to-be, on-staff lactation consultants, an outpatient lactation clinic, free car seat inspections and more. For childbirth and parenting classes, the Expectant Parents Organization (EPO) offers classes on basic birth preparation, breastfeeding, care of your newborn and more. You can attend individual or group classes to help you prepare for the birth of your new baby by registering online at Sparrow.org/EPO. All classes will be on Zoom instead of in person, until further notice.

Sparrow Pre-Registration & Tours

Tours of Sparrow Hospital's Labor & Delivery and Mother Baby Center are offered through Sparrow Volunteer Services. Tours are currently cancelled. Please view the our Maternity Unit Video Tour below.

If you have not filled out your pre-registration for your upcoming birth and hospital stay at Sparrow, please do so here.

The region’s only Baby-Friendly designated hospital

Sparrow Hospital earned the Baby-Friendly designation from Baby-Friendly USA, the national authority on the global initiative supported by WHO and UNICEF. 

What does it mean to be Baby-Friendly? It means we empower parents like you with all the support they need to make the best decisions for your family, whether that includes breastfeeding or formula-feeding or both. 

We follow evidence-based practices, like early skin-to-skin contact (sometimes called “kangaroo care”) to encourage bonding between you and your baby in the first moments after birth. Whenever possible, your baby will remain with you in your private room during your recovery and stay in the Mother Baby Center.

Sparrow hospital is family-friendly, too

We believe your birthing experience should be focused on you and your growing family. 

At Sparrow, you’ll find comfortable, private rooms for labor, baby delivery and recovery. It means you can count on our full participation in your birth plan — which we call our labor partnership. 

Sparrow Hospital’s 24/7 anesthesia department sets our birthing center apart. You can get quick pain relief from dedicated experts, who are always available, even during emergencies. 

We take advantage of cutting-edge technology for better patient experiences. Labor and delivery staff are certified in electronic fetal monitoring. Sparrow Hospital is also one of the few in the region to deploy artificial intelligence to monitor the health and safety of moms and babies during labor. 

We are also home to Mid-Michigan’s only Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU), making Sparrow the best-prepared place to deliver if your newborn needs some extra support.

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Prenatal Information

Sparrow is here to provide you with personalized prenatal care.
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Delivery Services & Therapies

With nearly 250,000 baby deliveries here, Sparrow is the premier birthing hospital in Mid-Michigan.
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Post Delivery Services & Therapies

There are two reasons why breastfeeding is important for the mother as well as for the child. One is the nutritional aspect while the other is the psychological
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High-Risk Pregnancy & Delivery

Sparrow provides the highest level of care for expectant mothers experiencing normal or complex pregnancies.
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Expectant Parents Organization (EPO)

Welcome to Expectant Parents Organization
Time to start learning valuable information about pregnancy, childbirth and infancy. EPO classes are open for anyone, regardless of where you plan to deliver.
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Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU)

The RNICU at Sparrow Children's Center provides intensive around-the-clock care for premature newborn babies and sick full-term babies.