Birthing Center & Maternity Care

At Bassett Medical Center, the health and safety of you and your baby are our first priority. Our comprehensive maternal health program includes prenatal care and health screenings, educational programs, labor and delivery, and neonatal and postpartum care. We help guide you every step of the way.

Learn about our expectant parent classes, including breastfeeding and childbirth, offered on a monthly basis at Bassett Medical Center.

“Our culture in the Birthing Center is one of collaboration,” explained Robin Stasilli, RN. “Our patients are at the center of that collaboration. Our team is here to support them with the goal of having happy and healthy babies.”

Prenatal and postnatal care are available at Bassett Medical Center, A.O. Fox Hospital, FoxCare Center in Oneonta, Oneonta Women's Health in Oneonta, Cobleskill Regional Hospital, and Herkimer Health Center.


The Bassett Birthing Center

The Birthing Center at Bassett Medical Center is located on the third floor of the inpatient building. We pride ourselves on providing the highest standards of care for women and their new babies. Our experienced staff provide compassionate quality care to ensure a great experience.

Bassett Birthing Center renovations were completed in 2010. We designed a patient-centered, family-friendly experience consisting of:

  • Four labor, delivery and recovery (LDR) rooms; each complete with a private bath, large shower and jacuzzi tub
  • An operating room used for cesarean sections located on the unit
  • Special care nursery for newborns needing special attention
  • Eight postpartum rooms, equipped with a private bathroom with shower, refrigerator and fold out couch for one support person to stay overnight

The atmosphere is specifically designed for comfort and quiet, for an enjoyable experience.

Our state of the art Birthing Center allows staff to provide an individualized care approach to each woman. Our staff is experienced and prepared for any type of care required. For women needing a cesarean delivery, the surgery and recovery are also carried out in the Birthing Center. After the birth, mothers will move to a private postpartum room, each with a comfortable space to accommodate mother, baby and family. The unit is fully secured with monitoring of all visitors through our nurse's station and an infant security system to ensure a safe environment.

We are pleased to offer the newborn channel during your inpatient stay. Once you have been discharged home, you can continue to view the channel online at Bassett Medical Center's hospital password is 01635.


An Experienced Collaborative Team

The Birthing Center has maintained very high patient satisfaction rates. Since it opened, families across the region choose to deliver here because they know that our staff is fully committed to preparing parents for the great joy and challenge of a baby. Meet our team.

Bassett Birthing Center is staffed by experienced obstetrical nurses, certified nurse-midwives, pediatric nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pediatricians and Ob/Gyn hospitalists. Whether delivered by a nurse-midwife or hospitalist, our philosophy of care is the same. Women create their own birth plans; minimal intervention, extensive labor support and open communication are our standard. We do not allow a water birth experience based on current ACOG and AAP guidelines.

The Birthing Center continues to have the best clinical outcomes in the Northeastern region of New York, including:

  • In 2016, there were 927 babies born at Bassett Medical Center
  • C-section rate was 26%
  • 3.8% were operative vaginal deliveries (vacuum assisted)
  • 61% of new mothers initiated breastfeeding, a key indicator for infant health and well-being

“Rooming in with baby and nursing care at the bedside are two extremely important aspects of care,” explains Birthing Center nurse manager Robin Stasilli. “All of our nurses provide labor, neonatal and post-partum care. We have a model that you just don’t see at many other hospitals.”

Birthing Center Hours & Policies

While in labor

As a laboring mother, you may have three support persons with you during your labor and birth. Upon admission to the Birthing Center you will be given three passes for you to give out as you choose. All other family members and friends will be asked to wait in our family lounge located just outside of the Birthing Center. If a cesarean section becomes necessary, you may have one support person accompany you to the operating room. This is subject to approval by the Department of Anesthesia.

After your birth

We happily welcome one primary support person to stay with you 24 hours a day for the duration of your postpartum stay. We welcome all other visitors between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then again from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Quiet hours, which allow our new families the chance to rest, will be between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. No visitors will be allowed into the Birthing Center other than the primary support person during this time.

Bassett Medical Center Telephone Numbers
Toll-Free 1-200-BASSETT (1-800-227-7388)
Birthing Center (24/7) EMERGENCIES ONLY 607-547-3535
Ob/Gyn Clinic (Monday - Friday, 8:30am-5pm) 607-547-3160
Bassett Healthcare Network Outreach Clinics providing Ob/Gyn Care
Cobleskill Regional Hospital 518-254-3307
Hamilton Specialty Services 315-824-0161
Herkimer Health Center 315-867-2700
Oneonta Women's Health Center 607-433-6542

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