Some of the innovative obstetrical technologies you’ll find at Sacred Heart Hospital include:

  • Private special care nursery bays with enhanced infant monitoring capabilities to provide for babies with special care needs.
  • A central monitoring system, which allows our nurses to keep a close eye on you and your baby—tracking every heartbeat and contraction. When and if a problem occurs the system immediately alerts the nursing staff.
  • Ultrasound technology that permits doctors to quickly check the well-being and position of your baby.
  • Our infant safety and security system sounds an alarm and locks down the hospital doors should an infant be taken too close to an exit.
  • A noninvasive Bilickeck monitor to measure bilirubin level using light. A procedure that doesn't even wake most sleeping babies.

Birthing Choices:

Birthing Hammock

HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is the only hospital in the area to offer birthing hammocks for laboring moms. A unique tool that can help mom with comfort and positioning, birthing hammocks also help baby descend down the birth canal. In addition, after birth, the hammock can be cut in half to be used as two baby carriers.


Some laboring mothers want to experience the birth of their baby medication–free. We support any choice you make and have nurses available to coach you, one-on-one throughout your entire labor and delivery, on breathing and relaxation techniques. 

Nitrous Oxide

If you prefer a more natural childbirth experience but still want pain relief during labor, nitrous oxide is an option. Commonly referred to as laughing gas, it is a safe, fast-acting method for easing pain and lessening anxiety through your birth experience. 

IV Medication and Epidural

For those needing greater relief, intravenous medications and epidurals are available. Of course, it’s always okay to change your mind, as we pledge to remain flexible if that happens.

Water Birth

We offer the option of having a water birth. Water births can reduce the stress during labor and delivery. Some women choose to labor in the water and get out for delivery. Other women decide to stay in the water for the delivery as well. You must make arrangements in advance and meet the criteria in order to take advantage of this option. If you are considering a water birth, please talk with your doctor or midwife to see if your situation qualifies you for this option.

Download Your Birth Plan


Tell us how you want to welcome your new baby into the world by downloading and filling out your birth plan. This will help us ensure your specific needs and requests are met. Discuss your birth plan with Women and Infants Center nurses prior to delivery.


You can take comfort in the fact that should any complications take place during the birth of your baby, we are fully equipped to handle them. In fact, anesthesiologists who work with Sacred Heart Hospital have been so impressed by our “best-of-the-best practice” when it comes to quick reaction times and excellent outcomes during emergency Cesarean sections, that they have arranged for us to share our procedure with other hospitals.