Giving Birth at Bon Secours

Giving Birth at Bon Secours

Bon Secours De Paul Medical Center for Birth

Bon Secours Hospital System is known for patient centered care and DePaul Medical Center is one of the most recommended by moms in the Hampton Roads area! Their reviews are impeccable and they truly desire to help you have the most natural hospital birth experience possible. Here's some more information on their services, specialties, and policies.


As quoted from their website, Bon Secours believes in the ICEA definition of family centered care.

"The birth of a baby represents the birth of a family. The woman giving birth and the persons significant and close to her are forming a new relationship, with new responsibilities to each other, to the baby, and to society as a whole. Family-centered reproductive care may be defined as care which recognizes the importance of these new relationships and responsibilities, and which has as its goal the best possible health outcome for all members of the family, both as individuals and as a group."


At Bon Secours, Certified Nurse Midwives are the primary care providers. They do have physicians on staff and a full NICU available.

At Bon Secours, CNMs practice with physicians so that the full range of care is available to women at all times. Our goal is to treat birth like a natural process, not an illness and to provide a high-touch experience in a homelike environment within the safety of a hospital.

Birthing Suite

Birthing suite at Mary Immaculate Hospital

You will have the option of rooming-in with your baby while you stay at the hospital, giving you time to rest and bond with your new baby. Every room has an adjustable hospital bed and private bathroom with shower.

Note: DePaul Medical Center provides private birthing suites complete with a queen size bed and a jacuzzi tub for hydrotherapy! Maryview has limited access to jacuzzi tubs.

While most rooms are LDR (Labor, Delivery, and Recovery) rooms, they do have the option to stay in one room for the duration of your hospital stay, known as an LDRP room. Inquire on your tour about this option!

Evidence shows that Rooming-In has many benefits including better breastfeeding, early response to hunger cues, higher milk production, increased confidence in going home, safe sleep practice, and more sleep for everyone.


Lactation consultants are provided to ensure your breastfeeding success. The Magic Hour is practiced at all of their facilities, ensuring you get uninterrupted time with your baby after you deliver. Here's some more information on skin-to-skin care.

Benefits as shared on their website:

  • Babies have an amazing ability to interact with their parents. They can distinguish touch, smells, tastes, sounds and sights right away.
  • Breastfed babies will nurse better when placed skin-to-skin on the mother immediately following birth.
  • A mother’s body can maintain her baby’s temperature more effectively than warm blankets and warmers.
  • Babies who spend the first 90 minutes of their lives with their mothers skin-to-skin cry less than those who are dried, wrapped and placed in a bassinet.


Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center Birthing Suite

Birth Doulas are always welcomed at Bon Secours facilities, I'm happy to report they recognize the value of one one one support throughout the labor and delivery process. When you hire a Doula, know that they will work hand in hand with your care provider to help you achieve a beautiful birth experience!

Arrange a Tour

To schedule a tour with Bon Secours, call 757-889-BABY. Parents can also schedule a tour or childbirth classes online. For more information, visit their maternity services page here.


For more information on Doula Support, Placenta Encapsulation, or Resources in Hampton Roads, get in touch with me!

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