Maternity Care at Riverside Methodist Hospital
Let our compassionate team of experts welcome your special arrival.
The maternity team at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio has delivered more than 6,000 babies a year, more than anywhere else in central Ohio. This is a testament to the trust moms-to-be have in the experience of our staff and the superior maternity care they provide.
Level III Maternity Center at Riverside Methodist
Riverside Methodist is a Level III Maternity Center, which provides the highest level of labor and delivery care possible, as determined by the Ohio Department of Health. We have a board-certified obstetrician and neonatologist on-site around the clock.
The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Level III Nursery at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, offers your baby the world-class neonatal expertise of Nationwide Children's Hospital and its specialists within the walls of Riverside Methodist Hospital.
When It’s Time to Deliver
We encourage you to pre-register for your hospital stay to avoid extra time and paperwork when you arrive to deliver. To pre-register, please call (614) 566.1515. Or, you can register online at ohiohealth.com/pre-registration.
When You Arrive at Riverside Methodist
The entrance of the Women’s Center at Riverside Methodist Hospital is located in the back of the hospital, off Thomas Lane. When you arrive, go directly to Labor and Delivery on the third floor in the Yellow Area.
When You’re Admitted
You will be given a comfortable, private, home-like birthing suite that includes state-of-the-art labor and delivery technology and sleeping accommodations for your partner. Here, you will labor, deliver and recover. During labor and delivery, you may want to limit your support to one additional person.
You may take still photographs throughout your labor and delivery. However, use of recording devices, such as video and digital cameras, is restricted in the Labor and Delivery and Mother/Infant units to ensure the privacy and safety of you and your family.
After delivery, you will be moved to a private postpartum room that includes comfortable sleeping accommodations for you and your partner, a private bathroom and shower, adjustable lighting, rocking chair, telephone, television with VCR/DVD and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Meeting Your Baby
You will have the chance to hold your new baby as soon as he or she is born. After a time of bonding or feeding, a nurse will examine, weigh and measure your baby, and give your little one back to you to hold and feed. Your baby will receive a bath and complete assessment while you’re being moved to your postpartum room.
After a normal delivery, we encourage you to keep your baby with you in your room as much as possible to begin the natural bonding process. If you require rest or additional medical care, your baby may be cared for in the nursery near the postpartum room.
When You Have Visitors
General visiting hours are from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Extended visiting hours for immediate family are from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Quiet time is observed between 12:30 and 2 p.m. daily. This is a time to promote rest and bonding with baby.
Visitors may park in the surface lot in front of the Women’s Center entrance, in any lot marked “Visitor” and in the Red or Green garages. Valet parking is also available. Visitors may ask for directions to your room at the Information Desk.
Visitor Policy Changes Due to COVID-19: Maternity patients are limited to two support people, who may stay at the hospital for the duration of the stay. Both visitors must be 18 or older and only one can spend the night.
A doula will be permitted for labor and delivery. Doulas must follow the same policies and screenings as visitors. Laboring patients who are minors may have their parents or guardians as visitors, in addition to the parent-to-be of the baby. Care sites with NICUs will follow Nationwide Children’s Hospital visitor management policy.
Be sure to view the Visitor Restrictions and Mask Use section of our COVID-19 policy updates for the latest visitor guidelines. If you have any questions, call our care site for more information.