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Birthing Center

Birthing Centers

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. Our staff of highly skilled obstetricians and registered nurses work hard to provide a warm, caring environment to help ensure that you have a safe and memorable childbirth experience.

We offer many services that are designed for expectant parents and the newborn. Please give us a call to learn more about Obstetric Care at St. Anthony Community Hospital.

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.

Anesthesia Options

The Department of Anesthesia is proud to play a part in the delivery of your baby. An anesthesiologist specially trained for maternal emergencies is available 24 hours a day for the comfort and safety of the mothers. We recognize that childbirth is an individual process and that every woman's wishes and needs are different. There are several options available to you:

  • 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.

Birth Certificate Process

After your baby is born, the hospital will apply for your baby’s birth certificate. Please complete the booklet enclosed in this package to expedite the birth certificate application process. Please provide complete information for all sections. If the information is incomplete, there will be a delay in obtaining your baby’s birth certificate.

The birth certificate sheet will be returned to you after delivery to complete your infant’s name, delivery information and make any necessary corrections. Once this information is completed by the hospital, the Town of Warwick will process your birth certificate. Your baby’s birth certificate will be mailed to your home. Please allow approximately one month for your baby’s birth certificate to arrive.

If you’d like the hospital to apply for your baby’s Social Security number, please sign the Social Security Release section of the booklet. Please note that we must have your baby’s full name at the time of your discharge to apply for the baby’s Social Security number. The baby’s Social Security number and card may take one to two months to be processed. If you would like to receive the card sooner, you may apply for it in person at the local Social Security Administration Office. If you will be applying in person, do not sign the Social Security Release. Some out-of-state residents might need to apply for the infant’s social security number in their home state.

Kennedy Birthing Center

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.

Your baby can be with you in your room. Please discuss your wishes with your nurse. Nursery charges are not affected by a parent’s choice of rooming in. 

delivery room

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

Gentle Cesarean Sections 
If you require a Cesarean Section, the option of a traditional or gentle C-section is available to you. A gentle C-section consists of a clear drape between the patient and the Obstetrician performing the procedure and skin-to-skin bonding with your infant while still in the operating room.  

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. 

Childbirth Education

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 info on classes

NOTE: In addition to these classes, there are ongoing programs at St. Anthony Community Hospital. Ask your Maternity Consultant for the current listing.

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.

Introducing our Maternity Consultant service is another step in our mission to build a healthier community. At The Kennedy Birthing Center and St. Anthony Community Hospital, your baby’s birth is something special.


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.


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.

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.


The cafeteria is located on the first floor level and is open to visitors at the following times:

Monday – Friday

Breakfast: 8:00 a.m - 10:00 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Vending machines are available 24 hours a day.

Visiting Hours

Daily visiting hours are Noon to 9 p.m. Significant Others may visit 24 hours a day. We are located on the 2nd floor of the hospital.