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Our Facility

NVH Birth Center

The Birth Center

The Birth Center has a serene environment to create a calming experience during your stay. Soft lighting,
soothing colors, and quiet atmosphere provide the feeling of comfort and a “home-like" environment. Birth rooms include a jetted tub. A portable fetal monitoring system enables you to walk freely or enjoy the tub without bed confinement while in labor, which can help labor progress and enhance comfort. Large post-partum rooms are designed to enhance the family experience featuring a queen-size adjustable bed and a daybed for an overnight guest.

Our Nursing Staff

Our genuinely caring, attentive and experienced obstetric nurses provide one-on-one attention and support during labor and hands-on bedside care during your stay. All nurses are trained in electronic fetal monitoring, neonatal resuscitation and participate in ongoing emergency simulations to provide the safest care for you and your baby. After the birth, they will assist you with breastfeeding and infant care.

Pain Management

Available options include supported, unmedicated birth and nonpharmacological pain management such as
acupuncture, massage, music and aromatherapy, as well as pain management resources such as nitrous 
oxide gas, narcotics (Fentanyl, etc.), epidurals and intrathecals.

Nurses provide labor support with comfort measures, breathing techniques and birthing position suggestions. Anesthesiologists are available 24 hours a day for administering pain medications.

Cesarean Sections

Although many cesarean sections are not planned and our cesarean section rate is well below the national average, it is comforting to know that board-certified OB/GYN physicians and anesthesiologists are readily available at North Valley Hospital if an emergency arises. Our surgical suite is just steps away from The Birth Center should a cesarean section become necessary for your or your baby’s health.

Water Birth

Many women find that the built-in or portable birth  tubs reduce pain during labor and birth,
and most women who experience a water birth say
they wouldn’t do it any other way.
A warm and soothing whirlpool is available for those who desire to labor in a tub, and an AquaDoula tub or built-in tubs are available for water births. North Valley Hospital’s Birth Center is one of the few hospitals in Montana to offer water births. If you are interested in having a water birth, please discuss this option with your doctor or midwife prior to arriving for labor.

Your Birth Experience

Approximately 600 babies are born at North Valley Hospital each year. Here are some of the comments our families have shared with us about their experience.

“Thank you to the amazing staff at the North Valley Hospital Birth Center. The certified nurse midwives, doctors and staff awed me with their superb medical training and compassion. I’ve never seen such care, and I can only say that I feel honored to have witnessed the support the staff gave my wife. We are still talking about it.”

“North Valley Hospital has such a peaceful atmosphere; nurses were amazing and extremely helpful.”

The Birth Center at North Valley Hospital is dedicated to giving you the birth experience you hope for.


The Birth Center staff collaborates with obstetricians, family practice physicians and certified nurse midwives to do everything possible in making each parent’s wishes come true, including a variety of options to make your labor, delivery and postpartum more comfortable. The Birth Center works hard every day to maintain an extremely high approval rating, 98 percent breastfeeding success rate and a C-section rate that is well below the national average.

Here you will find personalized care in a warm, homelike environment to help you relax and rejoice in your birth experience, including:
  • Large labor/delivery/recovery/postpartum rooms with queen-size memory foam beds
  • Free hospital internet and televisions
  • Patient-centered care with one-on-one nursing attention during labor
  • Jetted tubs for relaxation and water births
  • In-room daybeds or fully reclining loungers for the comfort of overnight guests
  • Professional, complimentary infant photography session by Lot 22 Photography
  • In-room massage
  • Delicious food including Cuisine-on-Call service
  • Infant swaddle to take home as our gift to you and your baby