The Birth Center

We’re so happy you found us – because when it comes to a truly exceptional birthing experience in Baton Rouge, you’ll quickly realize why women are choosing Baton Rouge General's Birth Center for the birth of their babies. We understand that you want your birthing experience to be personal and private, with individual attention for you and your family. You also expect the most comprehensive medical care – for baby and for you – under one roof. Welcome to Baton Rouge General's Birth Center. We’ve been expecting you.

8585 Picardy Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
(225) 763-4141

Trying to get pregnant? We’re really good at keeping secrets – mum’s the word. Here are five important steps to prepare you for the healthiest pregnancy possible.

  1. See Your Doctor
    So many miracles take place in your body during pregnancy. Have a conversation with your OB/GYN about your health history, current medications, medical conditions, previous pregnancy problems and any vaccinations you may need.

    Need an OB/GYN? We have some of the most talented and caring physicians at BRG who would be honored to care for you. Click here to find a physician that is right for you.
  2. Stop Drinking Alcohol, Smoking, and Using Drugs
    These habits can cause problems for both you and your baby, such as premature birth or birth defects. If you need help, talk with your doctor. Our Smoking Cessation program is also a great resource.
  3. Reach and Maintain a Healthy Weight
    Being overweight or obese during pregnancy puts you at higher risk for serious conditions including heart disease, diabetes and complications during pregnancy. Being underweight is also risky. Strike the right balance with a healthy diet and exercise. If a nutritional consult will help get you on the right track, contact our Health & Wellness Center at (225) 819-1175.
  4. Learn Your Family History
    Knowing your family’s health history is important for your child’s health. It can reveal increased risk for diseases or help diagnose if your child shows signs of a disorder. But just because you/you’re family has a history of a disease does not mean it will be passed along to your child. Talk with a close relative and find out as much as you can about your family history, then share that information with your doctor.
  5. Get Mentally Fit
    Mental health is the way we think, feel and act as we cope with life. Most days are better than others, but if feelings of worry, anxiety and sadness interfere with your everyday life, talk with your doctor.

Anticipating Baby
Explore the changes to your body and your baby’s growth milestones (is she the size of a grain of rice or a banana this week?) with this month by month tracker.


Even if you already have a child, being nervous about labor and delivery and caring for your newborn is normal. Our classes will help ease your concerns by giving you the information you need – the tricks of the trade – so you can enjoy those first moments with baby.


What to Bring
The final countdown to baby is on – are you packed? Our birth center team recommends packing your bag at least 30 days before your due date. Make sure to include these items.


Preadmission Forms
For a more relaxed hospital admission experience, fill out your pre-registration forms online and at least four weeks prior to your anticipated delivery – you’ll be so glad you did!


Nutrition and Wellness
Proper nutrition is essential for you and your baby’s health. If you experience excessive weight gain or weight loss, anemia or other nutritional deficiencies during pregnancy, our dietitians and nutritionists are here to help.


Gift Shop
Need a new outfit for your precious new bundle of joy? Or maybe an “I’m A Big Sister/Brother” shirt, stuffed animal or baby book? Stop by the Gift Tree for a unique selection of gifts! We also provide valet parking at Entrance 1.


Forget the extra stop on your way home – fill your prescriptions before you leave the hospital. Our in-house pharmacy also has a great selection of breast feeding supplies and other over-the-counter medications.

If you’re experiencing a high risk pregnancy, Baton Rouge General is uniquely prepared to care for you and your baby every step of the way. Our birth center is backed by the extensive resources of our full service hospital, including adult and pediatric subspecialists like maternal-fetal medicine and neonatology.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine
The maternal-fetal medicine clinic cares for women who have a high risk pregnancy. Our specialists will work with your OBGYN, family practitioners and certified nurse midwives to manage complex conditions during pregnancy. If your OB refers you to the maternal-fetal medicine clinic, you will continue regular office visits and your chosen OB, Family Practitioner or midwife will still deliver your baby.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Most babies are born healthy and full term. In the event a newborn requires intensive care services, parents can rest assured their little one will be well taken care of in our Certified Level 3 Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Services include:

  • 24-hour in-house presence of advanced practice neonatal nurse practitioners
  • Access to numerous pediatric sub-specialties including:
    • Physical therapists
    • Occupational therapists
    • Speech therapists
  • Generous visitation hours for parents and siblings
  • Full parental involvement in baby’s treatment and progress
  • Parents are given the opportunity to room-in prior to bringing baby home

For more questions or more information about our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, please call (225) 763-4145.

Adult Intensive Care
In the rare circumstance a mother needs a higher level of care, our comprehensive adult intensive care unit is available and supported by a multidisciplinary team of specialists.

During Labor

  • Birthing Suites – Our suites bring together state-of-the-art technology and hotel-like rooms to all of our new moms.
  • Birth Plan – Every mom is unique…and so is her ideal birth experience. Together, and with your physician’s support, we will follow your birth plan while maintaining a safe environment for both you and baby! Have your physician sign and send your birth plan to our birth center so we know your preferences for the day of delivery.
  • Options available to laboring mothers:
    • Birthing balls
    • Squat bars
    • Trained staff to help with positioning, and counter pressure
    • Portable, submersible fetal heart monitoring
    • Intermittent monitoring
    • IV heplock
    • Beds with breakaway positioning
    • Skin-to-skin contact directly after birth
    • Initiating breast feeding within the first hour after birth
    • Rooming-in for bonding
    • Doulas permitted

Delivery Options

  • With the support of your physician, Baton Rouge General offers many different options for managing labor:
    • Epidural/Spinal Block
    • Unmedicated (natural) childbirth
    • Water/Tub birth
    • Cesarean section

Birth plans are not necessary, but if you and your physician discuss specific preferences for your delivery, we ask that your have that plan approved and signed by your physician. Your physician’s office will send it to us so we know your preferences on the day of your delivery!

Breastfeeding Center
During your stay with us, you will have full access to our many services, including our GIFT Certified Breastfeeding Center. Our staff will ensure that you and your baby are comfortable and content through one-on-one training sessions in the privacy of your room. We also offer a Breastfeeding Basics class to help you get comfortable with techniques prior to baby’s arrival. Our staff is here to support you as a new mom and is available during and after your hospital stay to answer questions and be your guide through this special bonding experience.

Choosing a Pediatrician
A pediatrician must be chosen prior to discharge. If your physician delivers at Baton Rouge General, they or someone in their group will visit your baby while you are in the hospital. If they do not deliver at Baton Rouge General, or are unable to come to the hospital, one of our neonatologists will examine your baby and report back to your pediatrician.

Click here for a list of pediatricians.

Car Seats
When it’s time to go home, Louisiana law requires that children are safely buckled in a proper car seat.

Louisiana State Police, Troop A, conducts Child Seat Safety Inspections every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Appointments encouraged (click here to schedule), but walk-ins are welcome.

Visit the LSP Troop A website for more information about child passenger safety and car seat laws and recommendations.

Pediatric Care
Baton Rouge General understands the special needs of children. We offer many services beyond the delivery room, like rehab/therapy, intensive care, surgery, burn and more.

Gift Shop
Need a new outfit to bring home baby in? Or maybe a picture frame, stuffed animal or baby book? Stop by the Gift Tree for a unique selection of gifts! We also provide valet parking at Entrance 1.

Forget the extra stop on your way home…fill your prescriptions before you leave the hospital. Our in-house pharmacy also has a great selection of breast feeding supplies and other over-the-counter medications.