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Birthing Center

Birthing Centers

Kennedy Birthing Center at St. Anthony Community Hospital 

Your pregnancy and the birth of your baby will be one of the most joyous experiences of your lifetime.

At St. Anthony Community Hospital we are honored to have the opportunity to share this special event with you and your family. This welcoming birthing center is designed for the comfort and convenience of expectant mothers and their families. It combines modern medical care, an expert, attentive staff, and an array of thoughtful amenities – all in a serene, homelike setting.

The warmth and expert skills of our staff will guide you through a safe and memorable beginning with your newest family member. We are looking forward to meeting and caring for you and your family.

The Kennedy Birthing Center at St. Anthony Community Hospital's care team 

National Recognition for Award Winning Care

The Kennedy Birthing Center at St. Anthony Community Hospital was honored with the 2020 Five-Star rating for Vaginal and C-Section Delivery by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This Five-Star ratings indicate that the hospitals’ clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when performing the procedure being evaluated.

Healthgrades is a third party company that helps consumers understand, compare, and evaluate hospital performance, Healthgrades provides objective, comprehensive information about healthcare quality in America’s hospitals. Unlike other hospital quality analyses, Healthgrades evaluates hospital quality for conditions and procedures based solely on clinical outcomes. They measure hospital performance for the most common in-hospital procedures and adjust for each patient’s risk factors, such as age, gender, and medical conditions.

The Kennedy Birthing Center Family Experience

At the Kennedy Birthing Center at St. Anthony Community Hospital we do everything we can to make the experience for mothers as calm and positive as possible.

In the past, the process of giving birth hasn’t always made a mother’s comfort a top priority. It’s common for moms to be moved between rooms as they check in at one location, deliver in a separate room and recover in a third. But at St. Anthony Community Hospital, new mothers and their family members can stay in one place throughout the entire process, allowing them to settle in and get comfortable as they welcome their bundle of joy into the world.

The Kennedy Birthing Center uses one room (LDRP rooms) for labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum . These rooms are equipped with the necessary tools and supplies to care for mother and baby before, during and after the birth. Mothers also have the choice to room in with their new baby or send the child to the nursery.

Significant Others at Birth

Significant others may be present in the delivery suite with physician consent. Generally, nature does a good job with pregnancy and birth and the vast majority of deliveries proceed without serious problems. However, if a complication should arise, your partner in labor and delivery may be asked to wait outside the delivery suite for a brief period. You will be reunited as soon as medically possible. Safe outcomes for you and your baby are our foremost concern.

Anesthesia and Pain Relief Options

  • Lamaze Childbirth Preparation
    • This relaxing and breathing technique, often called “natural childbirth,” is designed to reduce the perception of pain during labor.
  • Medications
    • Different types of medications are available and may be ordered by your obstetrician to ease labor pain.
  • Epidural Anesthesia
    • This popular anesthesia method provides continuous pain relief during labor and delivery and is safe and effective.
    • A small tube is placed in your lower back, allowing your anesthesiologist to administer medication to “block” the pain of labor.

Pain management is an individualized process to meet each patient’s needs. These pain relief techniques can be used alone or in tandem. Mothers may begin with natural childbirth, then decide to have epidural anesthesia as labor progresses. Should you require a Cesarean Section, an epidural/spinal or general anesthesia is used depending on your medical needs. After a Cesarean Section, each patient is followed by a board certified anesthesiologist to ensure a post-operative comfort level that allows mother and baby to bond.

Your Meals

Breakfast is served at approximately 7:30 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m. – noon and dinner at approximately 5 p.m. Beverages and snacks are available. A dietitian makes daily rounds to distribute and collect menus and will be happy to speak with you about your choice of meal at mealtime. For your convenience, each room also features a refrigerator. Families may bring additional food and drink for your use. A coffee pot and microwave are available on the unit.

  • Celebration Dinner
    •  A special celebration dinner for you and your significant other is provided, compliments of The Kennedy Birthing Center the night before you are discharged.

Maternity Consultant

Having a baby is one of life’s most wonderful and joyous experiences. Throughout your pregnancy, while you will be excited about the upcoming birth of your baby, you will most likely also feel some apprehension and have many questions.

At the Kennedy Birthing Center of St. Anthony Community Hospital, we want to do everything possible to make your pregnancy worry-free and enjoyable. That’s why we are pleased to introduce our Maternity Consultant. Your Maternity Consultant will create a link between you and the Hospital early in the pregnancy.

The Maternity Consultant will:

  • Be in contact by phone throughout your pregnancy to answer your questions
  • Discuss prenatal education available
  • Help you with hospital pre-admission paperwork
  • Discuss other important decisions, such as birth plans, pediatrician services, and insurance issues

The Maternity Consultant is a resource for you, the expectant parent. She will be available to answer any questions about your pregnancy, what you can expect in the hospital, and offer suggestions about things you can do to make your pregnancy an easy experience.  To speak directly with our maternity consultant please contact Diane DeFreest at 845.987.5300.

Innovative New Techniques and Processes to Encourage Bonding and Promote Healthy Babies and Mothers 

Gentle Cesarean Sections

If you require a Cesarean Section, the option of a traditional or gentle C-section is available to you.

Gentle C-Sections, introduced in 2018, mimic some essential components of natural childbirth by allowing parents to watch as their infant enters the world. A clear drape is placed between the mother and the Obstetrician performing the procedure so the mother is able to see what is happening. The procedure also encourages skin-to-skin bonding while still in the operating room. “We are aiming to make this procedure feel more like a birth and less like a surgery” said Diane DeFreest, RN, Maternity Director, St. Anthony Community Hospital.

Delayed Newborn Bathing

Newborns born at the Kennedy Birthing Center will not receive a bath until the next day. Some benefits of a delayed bathing process include allowing a newborn to stay with their mother helping her overall milk production for exclusively breastfeeding, while also helping the newborn regulate their blood sugar and body temperature to normal levels.


Your baby can be with you in your room. Our staff is flexible and are here to help you decide what is best for you and your baby.  Please discuss your wishes with your nurse.

On-Demand Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is encouraged and suggested. Most babies are on-demand fed. The nursing staff will provide assistance with breast and bottle feeding.

Childbirth Education and Planning 

Your Maternity Consultant will review prenatal education class offerings with you and help you select the best ones for you and your family. Knowing what to expect during and after pregnancy can reduce apprehensions and better prepare you for the demands of parenting.

Please call 845.987.5300 to register.

Pre-Admission Planning

Your Maternity Consultant will work closely with you to complete all pre-admission procedures and to plan your pregnancy educational courses.


Click Here For Information on Classes


Tours of The Kennedy Birthing Center will be arranged by a registered professional nurse who is specially trained in women’s health, or your Maternity Consultant. The tour will help you understand what happens when you come to the hospital and make you comfortable and familiar with The Kennedy Birthing Center.

Visiting Hours:

Daily visiting hours are Noon to 9 p.m. Significant Others may visit 24 hours a day.


The Kennedy Birthing Center is located on the 2nd floor of the hospital. The hospital address is:

15 Maple Avenue
Warwick, NY 10990