New Beginnings Birthing Center

Welcome to the New Beginnings Birthing Center at JPMC! We are so very glad you are here and hope you will take some time and get to know us! The Director of the Birthing Center is Tammy Payne, RN.

Preparing for Childbirth? Click here to see our current class schedule!

Our Unit Features

Spacious, comfortable birthing suites which were designed so that labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum can all be handled in one place. A special bed offers flexibility of positions during labor and delivery.  Please call (270) 251-4185 for more information.

Expert Care for Mother and Baby

The health of the baby and mother is our primary concern. To help assure a safe delivery, we bring you the services of a highly skilled staff. Anesthetists are also available during birth. Should an emergency arise, you have the important advantage, immediate access to all our sophisticated hospital services. We continue to care even after you and your baby leaves the hospital. If you have a question after you and your baby leave New Beginnings, call us day or night at (270) 251-4185. If you would like to share your birthing experience at JPMC on our site, please click here to e-mail us.

Certified Nurse-Midwife

Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM) are available to provide care during pregnancy, labor and birth. During pregnancy, the CNM will monitor the health of you and your baby regularly and is prepared to teach and answer questions. During labor the Nurse-Midwife will evaluate your progress and is there to offer emotional support. Nurse-Midwives are uniquely qualified to provide a family centered birth experience, based on individual needs and preferences. Nurse-Midwives work closely with obstetricians to provide care to women with higher risk pregnancies. Our Certified Nurse-Midwife is Candace Riehl, CNM.

Kangaroo Care

Kangaroo Care is a special way to hold your baby. After birth, your baby wears only a diaper and is placed directly on your chest. You can hold your baby right after the delivery, while you are in the hospital room and while you are home. Doctors say this is the best care for your baby. Tell your care providers before birth if you would like to "kangaroo."

Click here for our kangaroo care brochure.

Prepared Childbirth

We believe that the experience of childbirth and parenting are enhanced when parents can assume their roles with knowledge of what to expect, strategies for coping, and techniques to optimize the many positive features. Obstetrical nurses teach the parents-to-be what to expect during childbirth and how to prepare through relaxation and breathing techniques.

Click here for our 2014 Birthing Classes brochure.

Exercise Guidelines for Mothers-To-Be

Before you begin exercising, check with your doctor to make sure that the activities you have chosen are safe. Exercising for 20 to 30 minutes three times a week is usually recommended, although more frequent exercise is preferred. Click here for our exercise guidelines.

Brahms’ Lullaby 

When you hear your newborn's first cry, listen for the sweet lullaby. Brahms’ lullaby is played throughout the hospital in celebration of each new beginning.

Paternity Acknowledgement Program

If you are unmarried, having a baby, and are interested in how you can establish legal fatherhood and add the father’s name to the birth certificate while at the hospital, click here. 

Growing Family Web Nursery

Click here to visit our Growing Family Web Nursery. This is a place for parents to share pictures of their newborns with friends and family on the World Wide Web (the babies are listed by birth date).

(Note: the New Beginnings staff takes the pictures and sends them to "Growing Family" for inclusion on their site, hence, there can be a delay of a few days before the pictures are accessible to the public)


You can also find baby photos on our Facebook page.

Other Information

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