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The Childbirth Center at Griffin Hospital

Childbirth is one of life’s most meaningful events.

That’s why Griffin Hospital offers family-centered maternity care in an environment that will best meet individual and family needs. The Childbirth Center at Griffin Hospital follows our patient-centered Planetree philosophy and we are committed to providing a warm, caring atmosphere for you and your loved ones.

Virtual Groups and Classes

All classes and groups will be offered remotely via Zoom at no cost.

Classes & Support Groups:
- Prepared Childbirth - Classes held on the first Thursday of the month from 6-7 p.m.
- Breastfeeding for Beginners - Classes held on the third Wednesday of every month from 6-7 p.m.
- Breastfeeding Moms Support Group - Group will be held every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m.
- Newborn Care Class - Classes held on the third Tuesday of every month from 6-7 p.m.

Get Rewarded for Choosing High-Quality Care

Connecticut State Employees and State Health Plan members can now earn a cash reward for choosing this high-quality service for their healthcare needs through the State of Connecticut Network of Distinction program. To get started book an appointment through your State Health Navigator at (866) 611-8005 or at carecompass.ct.gov/nod.

What We Provide You

Our private, family-friendly rooms feature a warm, cozy decor that maximizes comfort and minimizes visible technology. Each room includes:

  • a glider rocking chair
  • Wi-Fi Internet access
  • a television
  • a private bathroom with shower.

The rooms are equipped to allow your new baby to stay in the room with you. Some rooms are available with double beds so that your partner may stay with you overnight.

Our family room, equipped with television, reading materials, and toys, offers visitors a place to gather during the moments you require privacy. You may have two support people present during your labor. Once you have been moved to your post partum room you may choose the amount of visitors you would like until quiet hours start at 8:00 pm. Overnight visitation is limited to your spouse or significant other.

To ensure that you receive the best care possible, our Childbirth Center at Griffin Hospital features five delivery rooms and two operating rooms. The Childbirth Center at Griffin Hospital has physicians and other professionals available 24 hours a day who are specially-trained in maternal and newborn care. Our lactation consultant and educators are also available before and after your delivery.

Each woman experiences childbirth differently and almost all women worry about how they will cope with the experience of labor and delivery. The decision of whether or not to use medication is a personal one and our childbirth nurses will respect and support whichever method you choose.

Birthing balls and peanut balls are available for positioning and our Jacuzzi provides a relaxing place to labor. Our skilled nurses can guide you in breathing and relaxation techniques and will stay by your side to guide you. If you prefer to use medication during labor, a variety of options are available, including nitrous oxide analgesia and epidural anesthesia.

Please fill out this form with your birthing preferences.

Expectant parents are encouraged to enroll in our Prepared Childbirth class, which will provide an overview of labor options and instruction in breathing and relaxation techniques.

We always have a Breastfeeding for Beginners class, where our board-certified lactation consultant helps new parents to understand the biological process of breast feeding and discuss:

  • how to get started
  • proper positioning
  • recognizing hunger signals
  • frequency and volume of feedings
  • how to use a pump
  • and preparation for your return to work.

Two to three days after your discharge, you’re invited to return to our Childbirth Center for a free “Healthy Beginnings” check-up by our nursing team who will assess you and your baby to make sure all is well.

Did you know that 4 out of 5 car seats are installed incorrectly? The Valley Parish Nurse Program staff is certified car seat technicians and can install your infant or child seat properly at no charge. Call (203) 732-1337 for an appointment any time during your last trimester.


Breastfeeding Support Group

Our Breastfeeding Support Group is facilitated by a board-certified lactation consultant and is open to any woman who is breastfeeding her child.

Pregnancy & Postpartum Rehab

Designed to address physical pregnancy and postpartum issues.

Looking for free breastfeeding information online?

The CT Department of Public Health provides great resources through their dedicated breastfeeding website.

Learn more


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