Family birthing center in Caldwell, Idaho

Also called the maternity unit, the labor and delivery department offers all the medical support a mother needs during labor and postpartum, as well as providing care for their newborn. The Family Maternity Center at West Valley Medical Center is dedicated to providing you and your family focused attention and compassionate care during childbirth. From routine to high-risk pregnancies, our birthing center is equipped with everything you need for a healthy, optimal birthing experience.

Pre-register for your maternity stay online or by calling (208) 455-6500.

Maternity center in Caldwell, Idaho

From all of us at West Valley, congratulations on your pregnancy! Our pregnancy specialists look forward to sharing this joyous occasion with you and your family. The birth of your child is a uniquely personal experience that brings great joy and creates a lifetime of memories. We’re dedicated to providing you and your family with focused attention and compassionate care as you go through the journey of delivering a healthy baby. Human life is precious, and we take great pride in being a part of your new beginning.

Why deliver at West Valley?

When you choose our hospital for your delivery, you aren’t just choosing a location: you are choosing a partner for your pregnancy journey. Our experienced obstetricians, maternity nurses and childbirth specialists can give you the peace of mind and personalized care you want during your pregnancy. Every baby we deliver is a miracle, and we would be honored to be part of your child’s birth. We will do everything we can to make your delivery everything you dreamed it would be.

We are proud to have been honored as a Best Maternity Care Hospital 2020 by Newsweek. At West Valley for your delivery we provide:

  • Highly skilled doctors and specialists
  • Unique childbirth amenities
  • Family-focused care
  • Strict safety protocols
  • Free prenatal classes
  • Education for new parents

Our childbirth specialists

The family maternity center at West Valley is proud to have knowledgeable and highly trained staff prepared to take on every delivery scenario. We know this might be your first time having a baby, but we've got the experience you need to feel safe and secure during labor and delivery. Your health and the health of your baby are our top priorities.

Maternity center amenities

Our hospital is proud to offer excellent medical care and unique amenities to support you during this exciting and physically challenging experience. It is our goal to keep mom and baby healthy, along with offering as much comfort as possible during labor. Some of our features include:

  • Private, comfortable rooms for labor, delivery and postpartum care
  • Jacuzzi tubs in labor and delivery rooms to ease pain and encourage relaxation during labor
  • Anesthesia providers on staff offering several pain relief methods, including continuous epidurals
  • Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) staffed 24/7 with neonatal providers
  • 24-hour anesthesia and respiratory therapist coverage to handle any potential complications your baby may experience at birth
  • Registered nurses certified in advanced cardiac life support obstetrics and neonatal resuscitation program
  • Dedicated operating suite for cesarean section procedures

Family-focused maternity care

While our primary focus is on the well-being of mother and baby, West Valley's family-centered approach respects the importance of the event to the entire family. As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child, so we make every effort to include family right from the start. Family-focused highlights include:

  • New family suites designed for comfort and bonding featuring king-size beds
  • Expectant father, partner or support person parking to allow for easy access and guests are welcome to stay overnight
  • Celebration dinner prepared by our executive chef for you and a guest to enjoy in your private postpartum suite
  • Flexible visitation policy for family members of all ages to be a part of the celebration
  • Couplet care, which allows your baby to stay with you throughout your stay

Safety protocols

Advanced safety measures assist the family maternity center staff in monitoring your newborn baby 24 hours a day. Our maternity center is a secured unit, and each guest receives an identifying wristband. We also place identification bands on the baby, mother and the mother’s support person.

A small electronic device will also be placed on your baby’s ankle or wrist. It will remain in place until your baby is discharged from the hospital. The tag creates a secure area for your baby by locking elevators and stairwell doors when your baby is close to them.

Maternity classes

West Valley offers a comprehensive education program for expectant families. Before you go home with your new baby, we provide you with the essential information you need before labor and delivery, as well as prepare you for the adventure of parenthood.

Our birthing center also offers childbirth classes, breastfeeding classes and tours of the hospital’s maternity center. All classes are free if you have pre-registered to deliver your baby at West Valley. To register for a childbirth class please visit our classes and tours page.

*Please note — all tours and classes are currently being held online for the safety of our patients. Once you register, our instructor will reach out to you with further information about engaging in classes from the comfort of your home.

For more information about our Covid-19 safety policies and how they relate to pregnancy, labor and delivery, please visit our Coronavirus Resource Hub.

To schedule a childbirth tour or maternity class, please register online or call (208) 455-6565. Classes are free to those delivering at our medical center.

Childbirth center tour

We understand that you are more comfortable in familiar surroundings. That is why we offer childbirth tours of our Family Maternity Center. A maternity tour of our birthing center helps the whole family become acclimated with the environment.

Prepare for your special day and experience the comfortable environment of our Family Maternity Center.

  • Tour our new family suites designed for bonding and comfort
  • Enjoy refreshments
  • Learn about pre-registration
  • Meet other expecting mothers
  • Meet our highly trained staff

When: Tours are held on the second Tuesday of the month from 5:30pm to 6:30pm and on the second Saturday of the month from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.

Location: Indian Creek Room (We are currently offering tours as a virtual component of the childbirth preparation class online.)

Childbirth preparation class

Be fully informed on what to expect when your special day arrives and have all your questions answered for a memorable birthing experience. This childbirth class should be completed at least three weeks prior to your due date and support companions are encouraged to attend. The class is taught by an experienced maternity registered nurse.

In this class you’ll learn about:

  • Birth and pain management options
  • Cesarean (C-section) delivery
  • Labor and delivery process in-depth
  • Newborn FAQ
  • Relaxation and coping techniques

Cost: Free to mothers delivering at West Valley

When: Second Saturday of every month from 9:00am to 3:30pm

Location: Indian Creek Room (This class is currently being held virtually)

Breastfeeding 101 class

Our breastfeeding class helps new mothers get off to a successful start breastfeeding their newborns. Support companions are encouraged to attend with expectant mothers. An internationally certified lactation consultant teaches the breastfeeding class, and we recommend taking this class during the last three months of pregnancy.

In this class you'll learn about:

  • The many benefits of breastfeeding
  • Good latch vs. poor latch
  • Signs of a well-fed baby
  • Pumping basics
  • Successful breastfeeding tips for the working mom

Cost: Free to mothers delivering at West Valley

When: Second Tuesday of every month from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Indian Creek Room (This class is currently being held virtually.)

Hands-on education for new parents

During your stay at the Family Maternity Center, we provide basic education on how to care for your baby and yourself. Our dedicated Family Maternity Center team will teach you:

  • How to use proper breastfeeding techniques
  • How to speed up a healthy recovery from childbirth
  • How to bathe, feed and dress your baby
  • How to take your baby's temperature, recognize signs of discomfort or illness and know when to consult a physician

Trimester checklist

Unsure about what to do now that you are pregnant? Our helpful maternity guide walks you through your first prenatal checkup in the first trimester to your group B strep test at the end of your third trimester. Important mile markers are bolded for your convenience.

First Trimester

Your first trimester is an exciting time when you can begin preparing for the coming months. The first trimester starts at conception until 12 gestational weeks. During the first trimester you should:

  • Tell your partner.
  • Purchase prenatal vitamins if you don’t already own them.
  • Find an OB/GYN if you don’t have one.
  • Schedule your first prenatal checkup (4-8 weeks).
  • Figure out how maternal leave will affect finances.
  • Get your teeth cleaned.
  • Begin a savings plan for you and your baby’s medical expenses.
  • Purchase a full-body pillow.
  • OB/GYN visit (8-12 weeks).
  • Tell your boss and coworkers.
  • Research prenatal exercise classes.

Second Trimester

At 14 to 26 gestational weeks, you are in your second trimester. Many women report less morning sickness and renewed energy during this time, but all pregnancies are different. To continue preparing you should:

  • Purchase maternity clothes.
  • Get an ultrasound for health and gender of the baby (18-22 weeks).
  • Start sleeping on your side (18-20 weeks).
  • Create your baby shower registry.
  • Start planning your nursery.
  • Dedicate time to your partner.
  • Dedicate time to your friends.
  • Finalize baby names.
  • Talk to your baby (20-23 weeks).
  • Start researching pediatrician offices.
  • Glucose Screening Test for Gestational Diabetes (24-28 weeks).
  • Interview your pediatrician office finalists.
  • Find a childbirth class (25-29 weeks).
  • Attend your regular prenatal visits with an OB/GYN (usually once a month).

Third Trimester

You're finally here — the third trimester, which is between 26 to 40 gestational weeks. This is a busy time as you begin to have more prenatal visits and make final preparations for the new addition to your family. To ensure that you're ready, you should:

  • Attend your regular prenatal visits with an OB/GYN (every two weeks; then, once a week as you get closer to delivery).
  • Prepare your birth plan.
  • Finish the nursery.
  • Have a baby shower.
  • Baby-proof your house.
  • Get an approved car seat.
  • Prepare frozen meals.
  • Visit the doctor four times (28-37 weeks).
  • Prepare your hospital bag.
  • Get a group B strep test (35-37 weeks).
  • Complete a biophysical profile (36-39 weeks).

Preparing for your maternity stay

You may pre-register online at least 48 hours prior to your hospital stay to make check-in more convenient.

We will have all the necessities for your labor and delivery at West Valley. However, you may find some of the following items comforting or necessary for your optimal birthing experience.

Your labor bag should include:

  • Camera or video camera
  • Clothes for labor (e.g., slippers, warm socks or robe)
  • Eyeglasses (avoid wearing contacts if you can)
  • Focal point (e.g., comforting picture)
  • Hair ties or clips
  • Insurance card and hospital info
  • Items for relaxation (e.g., a tennis ball for back pain during labor)
  • Lip balm

Your postpartum bag should include:

  • Comfortable clothes (gowns are provided but feel free to bring your own nightgown, nursing bra and underwear)
  • Comfortable outfit/shoes to go home in
  • Sanitary pads (we provide these, but you may prefer your own)
  • Toiletries (mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrush and shampoo)

Your baby bag should include:

  • Car seat (cannot leave the hospital without one)
  • Optional items (e.g., blankets, diapers and pacifiers)
  • Outfit to go home in, including socks and a hat

Please do not bring:

  • Jewelry
  • Large sums of cash/credit cards
  • Valuables

Visitation guidelines

All visitors should enter the hospital lobby and proceed to the first set of elevators on the right. Go to the second floor. Once you exit the elevator there will be staff available to direct you to the appropriate room.

  • There is no minimum age for visitors — We believe in including the entire family during this very special time.
  • There are no set visiting hours — We ask that you use your own judgment and suggest checking with your loved one regarding the best time to visit. Please be mindful that new moms need to rest at various times throughout the day.

*Please note — our visitation policy has changed to ensure the safety of our patients. You can find more information about virtual visitation in our Coronavirus Resource Hub.