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The birth of a baby is an exciting time — perhaps one of life’s most special events. That’s why the Beautiful Beginnings Family Birthing Suites at West Kendall Baptist Hospital were created with parents and families in mind. Our warm and comfortable environment and specially designed birthing suites will help you relax as you prepare to welcome your newest family member.

And our loving and professional staff will provide you with the support you’ll need throughout each stage of the birthing experience. In keeping with our patient- and family-centered care philosophy, we also encourage fathers, support partners, as well as siblings and grandparents, to actively participate and share in this wonderful occasion.

Our ability to provide you with the best possible birthing experience does not end there. The latest technology is always readily available to ensure excellent medical care for mothers and newborns. The obstetricians, anesthesiologists and nurses on our staff are highly skilled in their fields and are well-known for their expert care and concern. And should your baby need extra attention, neonatologists are available 24 hours a day to provide your little one with specialized care.

If you have any questions about the Beautiful Beginnings Family Birthing Suites, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor or call our maternity preadmitting coordinator at 786-467-4804. To schedule a private tour, please call 786-467-2499. We’re here to help prepare you for your stay in whatever way we can.

All of us at the Beautiful Beginnings Family Birthing Suites feel privileged to assist you with the birth and care of your newborn, and we thank you for choosing to share this memorable event with us.

Education helps ensure healthy beginnings Please take advantage of the brief time you’ll be staying with us to ask any questions you might have about your infant’s care. We want to make sure you learn all you can about caring for your baby so you feel confident and well prepared when you leave us.

Our Beautiful Beginnings Program for Expectant Parents offers a full range of classes and a wealth of knowledge that will ease your journey to parenthood, or for experienced parents, refresh your memory. Certified childbirth educators provide a supportive learning environment and feature topics on childbirth preparation, breast-feeding, newborn parenting, epidural anesthesia, Cesarean births and infant CPR. You can even participate in our online childbirth.

Pre-Registration at West Kendall Baptist Hospital
Pre-registering with West Kendall Baptist Hospital as early as possible in your pregnancy will ensure that your records are ready when it is time to have your baby. Please complete the Maternity pre-registration form and print it for your records.

Before Your Baby Arrives
Detailed information about these classes and programs, along with their fees, can be found in the Programs for Expectant Parents brochure.

It’s easy to register. All you need to do is call 786-596-8748 weekdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., email  or click here ​for a class schedule and to register online.

We recommend that you register as early as possible during your pregnancy. Class size is limited and enrollment is accepted on a space available basis.

When it’s time to have your baby, paperwork will be the last thing on your mind. West Kendall Baptist Hospital has a preadmission packet containing all you’ll need to arrange for your maternity stay. You can obtain this packet from your doctor or by calling the maternity preadmitting coordinator at 786-467-4804.

Please read the material carefully, complete all forms and mail them, along with a copy of your insurance card, to our maternity preadmitting office. It’s best to register as early as possible during your pregnancy.

Know your health plan
Health insurance plans are not all alike, so it’s important that you understand what your health plan covers before you are ready to deliver.

Most health insurance plans require a written request for change of coverage within 30 days of your child’s birth. If you don’t enroll your newborn according to your insurance company’s policy, you will likely have to wait until the next open enrollment period of your health plan to get coverage for your child. We urge you to contact your employer or health insurance company as soon as possible to ensure that your newborn is covered under your medical plan.

Selecting a pediatrician
In the excitement of pregnancy, some parents forget a very important task: choosing a pediatrician for their baby. You can get referrals from friends and family, your health insurance plan or your obstetrician. Or, you can call the free Baptist Health Physician Referral Service at 786-596-6557. Outside Miami-Dade County, call toll-free 1-800-228-6557. We also offer our referral service online at

Cesarean delivery interview
If you are scheduled for a C-section, our preplanning department will call you several days before to coordinate all preoperative activities. These include making sure that you have signed all the necessary forms, directing you to required lab work and answering any questions you might have. The preplanning department can be reached at 786-467-2705.

What to bring to the hospital
Several weeks before your due date, you’ll want to pack a small bag to take with you to the Beautiful Beginnings Family Birthing Suites.

Please bring:
  • Nightgowns and underwear (front-button gowns and nursing bras for breast-feeding)
  • Robe and slippers
  • Toiletry items and cosmetics
  • Writing materials and important telephone numbers
  • Social Security numbers for you and the baby’s father
  • Baby blankets
  • ​Going-home outfits for you and your baby

  • Please leave valuable jewelry and large amounts of money at home. West Kendall Baptist Hospital cannot assume responsibility for these items.

    When it’s time to be admitted Your doctor will discuss with you when you should come to the hospital. Please go to the Beautiful Beginnings Family Birthing Suites (not the Emergency Department). The Beautiful Beginnings Family Birthing Suites are on the fourth floor (4 North) of the hospital.

    Take the lobby elevator to the fourth floor and Security will give you directions. After 10:30 p.m., the doors to the main entrance are locked. Simply enter through the Emergency Department and you will be escorted to the Beautiful Beginnings Family Birthing Suites.

    Once there, you’ll be greeted by staff who will monitor your labor progress. The father or support partner may stay with you during your evaluation.

    The comforts of home
    The Beautiful Beginnings Birthing Suites at West Kendall Baptist Hospital were specially designed to create a relaxed atmosphere with minimal disruptions for your baby’s birth.

    We offer room service dining for the convenience of our patients and their families. And we’re delighted to offer complimentary dinner for the mother’s support partner during overnight stays, as well as a separate sleeper.

    Labor and delivery
    Despite the homelike setting, our qualified physicians, specially trained nurses and technologically advanced equipment will provide you and your baby with the highest-quality obstetrical care.

    During labor and delivery, our nurses will assist you in every way possible. They will keep you informed of your progress and administer any medications ordered by your doctor.

    Three family members or friends are allowed to stay with you in the birthing suite (this includes the father or support partner). If you have a C-section, one person (the father or adult support partner) is permitted in the surgical area both during and after the baby’s birth. After the baby’s birth and initial bonding, your newborn will be transitioned into the nursery.

    During transitional periods, your baby’s heart rate, temperature and other important indicators of a newborn’s health and well-being will be monitored for a few hours. The father or support partner may visit with the baby in the nursery. You will be taken to a private room where you and your infant will be cared for together.

    Having your baby with you throughout your stay will allow you to learn his or her patterns and preferences. Since some babies tend to sleep a lot the first few days, it’s the perfect time for parents to learn about their newborn and ask questions. Your nurse will answer those questions and offer guidance so that once you’re home, you will feel more confident about taking care of your newborn.

    Your Baby's Birth
    Grandparents and siblings are also encouraged to get acquainted with the newborn at this time and ask questions.

    Family and friends visitation
    Your family and friends will want to meet your baby as soon as possible; however, during these first few days with your baby, it’s important to spend some quiet time alone. Once you and your baby are transferred to your private room, family and friends are welcome to visit 24 hours a day,seven days a week. We do encourage you to limit guests to three at a time (not including the father or support partner).

    One person (such as the father or support partner) may spend the night in a sleep sofa provided in each room. The newborn’s siblings may visit at any time and will be asked to wear an identification bracelet; they will not be allowed to spend the night. All other children 12 and older are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times and must stay in the patient room while visiting. For the
    protection, safety and well-being of our patients we ask that visitors who have a cold or flu, or any other symptoms of illness, refrain from visiting during this time.

    All visitors must have a photo ID to enter the Beautiful Beginnings Family Birthing Suites.

    Videotaping and photography
    Most families want to capture this special event on video or in photographs. For the safety and security of mothers, babies, staff and physicians, we ask that you follow these guidelines. For a vaginal birth, videotaping and photographing are permitted after the birth, once the baby is dry, clean and alert.

    Videotaping is not permitted for C-sections, and photographs are allowed only after the baby is dry, clean and alert. No photographs or videotaping are permitted while the staff checks your newborn immediately after birth.

    Physicians and staff involved in the birth and care of the mother and baby must give their approval to be included in any videotaping or photographs. In case of an emergency, or at the request of any healthcare provider, all videotaping and photography must be stopped immediately. For the privacy of our patients, no videotaping or photography is permitted relating to private patient information, including showing other patients and babies in your videos and photos.

    Help with breast-feeding
    Our Lactation Services staff offers support to you before you have your baby, while you are in the hospital and after you go home.

    For information on prenatal breast-feeding classes, call 786-596-8748, email  or log on to

    While you are in the hospital, our specially trained mother/baby nurses will help you get off to a good start. Our lactation consultants are also available should you require additional assistance during your stay.

    After you go home, you should schedule an appointment with a lactation consultant, located at Baptist Hospital. While there, you’ll be able to discuss any questions or concerns that you might have. There is a fee for this service. Also available are breast pumps for rent or sale, as well as breast-feeding accessories. For more information, call 786-596-2671 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Getting to know your baby
    Just as you must become accustomed to your new routine at home, so must your baby. After you’ve been home for a few days, you’ll begin to know your baby’s personality and how to keep him or her satisfied. Please feel free to call us if you have any questions after you get home. Use the phone number given to you by your nurse as you leave the hospital.

    Staying healthy
    Once you’re at home, we suggest the following:
  • Limit your visitors so that you and your baby have time to rest
  • Keep your baby away from crowds and people who are sick, since babies are especially vulnerable to colds and flu
  • Let people help you with housekeeping, meal preparations, sibling care, etc.
  • Eat nourishing foods and drink a lot of fluids
  • Avoid climbing stairs for the first few days
  • ​Tell your doctor if you experience any signs of depression

    Once at Home
    Support and education
    We offer several support groups for new parents, including:

    Breast-feeding Support Group
    Provides support, information and encouragement for an optimal breast-feeding experience. You are encouraged to attend during your pregnancy and after your baby is born. Call 786-596-2671 to schedule.

    Baby’s First Year for New Moms
    Offers support for new moms of children from birth to age 1. The group provides the perfect setting to share experiences and concerns with other parents. Babies are welcome. Call 786-596-3812 to schedule.

    You are why we’re here
    We look for every opportunity to make the birth of your baby at West Kendall Baptist Hospital’s Beautiful Beginnings Family Birthing Suites a comfortable and relaxed family experience — one that will bring lasting memories for each of you. To help us ensure quality care for future patients, you may receive a survey in the mail asking for your evaluation of the care you received while in our birthing suites. After all, you’re why we’re here.


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