Special Beginnings at Wayne HealthCare

“Special Beginnings” is more than the just the name of our maternity department, it’s a promise to provide the best care and experience possible to mothers, babies, and their families as they start their lives together. Special Beginnings strives to make the most positive, special memories of this life-changing event by attending to every detail of comfort and care for both mommy and baby—all in a pleasant, supportive environment.


The Doctors

Key to the assurance of truly special beginnings for our mothers and babies are the doctors from Western Ohio OB/GYN, a part of Wayne HealthCare.


Childbirth Classes

Childbirth classes are a great way to prepare for labor and birth. These classes will provide important information about pregnancy, labor, and coping skills to help you adjust as new parents. Classes are lead by registered nurses from the Special Beginnings Birth Center. All classes are free to moms delivering at Wayne HealthCare. All classes are held at Wayne HealthCare and include a tour of the OB unit. Call 937.548.1141, Ext. 5755 to schedule a tour or register for classes.


Primary Three-Week Series Childbirth Classes
This series consists of three 2-hour classes for first-time parents or those who have not had childbirth education. During the classes the instructor will discuss pain relief options, including massage, relaxation, breathing and pain medications. A tour of the obstetrics department is included with this class..


One-Day Condensed Childbirth Classes
The one day condensed class will include an overview of the stages and process of labor, breathing and relaxation techniques, support and medication options. The condensed class will not cover all of the information provided in the 3 weeks series. Attendees will receive a tour of the obstetrics department and a childbirth self study packet.


Refresher Classes
Two 2-hour classes for those who have had childbirth classes, but want an update and review.


Birthing Rooms

Our birthing rooms enable expectant mothers to experience labor, delivery and recovery all in one location. The recovery period is used not only to stabilize the condition of you and your baby, but may also be used as a time for mother, father, siblings, and grandparents to become better acquainted with the new baby. After recovery, the mother may be moved to one of our postpartum rooms, or stay in the Birthing Room for a 24-hour stay. Either way, friends and family can share your experience. All of our rooms are decorated to feel as much like home as possible so families can relax and enjoy the joyous occasion.


Lactation Education

The Birthing Center supports the health objectives of UNICEF and the World Health Organization to increase the incidence and duration of breast-feeding; in fact, “Breast is best!” is our motto. To assist our mothers in the successful facilitation of breast-feeding, a Certified Lactation Consultant is periodically available at no charge, and our nursing staff is always on-hand, bringing years of experience and training in helping mothers get their breast-feeding off to a good start.

If needed, breast pumps are available for rent or sale at area retailers—please see a nurse for details. 



Kids in Safety Seats (KISS) makes sense for many reasons, including that state law requires all babies be restrained in a car seat. Wayne HealthCare volunteers will visit new moms to explain the Hospital's car seat program. Safety seats are available through Special Beginnings for a small fee. The seats can later be returned to the Hospital for a partial refund.


Baby Pictures

Katy Klosterman will take the baby's first picture before mom and baby are discharged. Any ordered pictures will be delivered to the parent's home in two to three weeks.


Your Admission

A registration form is available from your physician's office, in your childbirth education classes, or from the Hospital's Registration Department in the main lobby.


Financial Arrangements

If you are uninsured and choose to prepay for your hospital stay, Wayne HealthCare offers you a special Birthing Suite fee. To qualify for the special fee, you and your baby must have an uncomplicated labor, delivery, and post-delivery course. You must have your physician's approval for discharge at 24 hours after delivery. If you deliver between 10:00 pm and 9:00 am, you may remain past 24 hours, until 9:00 a.m., without incurring additional charges.

Two items not included in the package fee, which may be ordered by your physician, are the Rubella vaccine (measles) and RhoGAM, which is given to mothers who have Rh-negative blood and have Rh-positive babies.

If you or your baby develops complications and need to stay longer than 24 hours after delivery, you will be billed for actual services received.

Payment in full upon discharge is necessary to qualify for the special fee. You may wish to do this in one payment, or participate in the hospital's prepayment plan. For information regarding this, contact the Billing Department at 937.548.1141, Ext. 5770. Please inform the registration clerk at the time you register that you are planning on a 24-hour discharge and are using the package fee option.

Insured patients can prevent unpleasant surprises by asking questions about financial matters ahead of time. If you are insured, please contact your employer and/or insurer regarding specific requirements. Some insurers require notification before your admission, and many will pay for only a limited stay.

You can contact Wayne HealthCare’s Patient Accounts Department at 937.548.1141, Ext. 5770