Birthing Center

At Starr Regional Medical Center, we believe that childbirth is a family experience. We make accommodations to be sure the friends and family you'd like to be there can share in the experience.

Our birthing unit provides expectant families with unique accommodations you won't find anywhere else in McMinn County and surrounding communities. Our state of the art labor/delivery/recovery suites and postpartum rooms and furnishings are comfortable and home-like, and include old fashioned rocking chairs to rock your baby to sleep for the first time.

Remember that labor can be very overwhelming and emotional, and to provide the safest delivery it is best to limit visitors to only those there to provide support. We ask that you choose only two or three individuals to be present in the actual delivery.

The Starr Regional Center Birthing Center permits 24-hour visitation for your primary support people. All other visitors should follow the hospital visitation policy. Your new baby's siblings may visit with an adult, but other children under the age of 12 are discouraged from visiting. Anyone sick, running a fever, or recently exposed (within the past three weeks) to an infectious disease (such as chicken pox) should not visit the Birthing Center.

Triage Area

There is limited space, so we ask that only one support person be by your side.

Labor and Deliver Room

No more than  two or three visitors are allowed at a time in the labor and delivery room. The staff or patient may request that fewer visitors stay in the room. Visitors may be asked to step out of the room at any time.  Children under the age of 12 are not permitted in the labor and delivery area. 

During Delivery

Two to three visitors may be present at the time of your baby's birth.

After Your Baby is Born

You will need some time to physically and emotionally recover from labor and delivery. Following your baby's birth, you will be able to be together to bond and get to know each other. Your baby will then go to the Nursery to be measured and weighed. After your doctor completes your care following delivery and your baby has been examined and foot printed (for security purposes), your support person will be able to hold your baby. You may stay for an hour or two in the Labor and Delivery Room.  Your nurse will check on you during your recovery. Then you well be transferred to a postpartum room where your family and  friends can visit with you.

Incoming Calls

For your convenience, there are phones in the birthing suites as well as the postpartum rooms. Our staff will get messages to you in labor and delivery only, however  to protect your confidentiality we will not give out information regarding you or your baby.

Outgoing Calls

To make outgoing calls, dial 9 and the area code. Regional and long distance calls require a calling card or operator assistance.  A public phone is located in the main lobby. Remember, cell phones cannot be used in the Labor & Delivery area, nor is video equipment allowed.