Shelby Hospital

Shelby Hospital

OhioHealth Maternity Care at Shelby Hospital

Quality Maternity Care Close to Home

OhioHealth Maternity Care at Shelby Hospital provides the same safe, expert care you can expect at any of our hospitals, with amenities that make you feel comfortable and pampered throughout your birthing experience. 


You’re at the Right Place

At OhioHealth, care for you and your baby begins long before your first contraction, and continues long after your baby is born. You will be guided through every step of this unforgettable experience by maternity physicians and staff who bring expertise and compassion to your personalized maternity care 24/7. And if you or your baby need specialized support, we have local experts and resources who can help.

To schedule a tour, call (419) 342.1742. To pre-register, call (419) 342.1737

High-Risk Pregnancy Care

In addition to routine pregnancy care, OhioHealth has several maternal fetal medicine specialists located throughout central Ohio who are experienced in caring for women with high-risk pregnancies. Our specialists work closely with you and your OB-GYN, as well as experts at Nationwide Children's Hospital, to explore your options and develop a care plan that will ensure the best possible outcome.

When It's Time to Deliver

Preparing for your visit

What to bring for Mom:

  • Personal care items and toiletries
  • Nursing bra
  • Comfortable clothing to wear home

What to bring for your support system and newborn:

  • Clothing for the baby to wear home
  • Contact information for family members and your pediatrician
  • Infant car seat
  • Toiletries
  • Camera for baby’s first pictures
When you arrive

The Maternity Center is located on the fourth floor of the hospital and can be accessed from the main lobby elevators. During daytime hours, enter through the main entrance. If you arrive after regular business hours, enter the hospital through the emergency department. You will be greeted and accompanied to the Maternity Center. 

Once you're admitted

You will be given a private birthing suite with the comforts of home, including:

  • Adjustable lighting
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Bathroom and shower
  • Refrigerator
  • Rocking chair
  • Sleeping accommodations for your support system
  • State-of-the-art labor and delivery technology
  • Telephone
  • Television
Visitor Policy

During labor and delivery, up to three visitors may be in the room with you. Family and friends are welcome to wait in the spacious Family Waiting Area just down the hall. Visitors under the age of 12, except siblings, are not permitted in Labor and Delivery. No overnight visitors under the age of 18 are permitted.

Visitors may park in our free and convenient visitor parking lot located near the main entrance of the hospital. The patient liaison will direct them to your room when they arrive.

Visitor Policy Changes Due to COVID-19: Maternity patients are limited to one support person, who may stay at the hospital for the duration of the stay. But, if support people exit, they will need to wait to re-enter the next day. If the mother is a minor, she can have a parent or guardian visitor in addition to the father 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.

Meeting your baby

You will have the chance to hold your new baby as soon as they are 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.

Bonding with your baby

We understand that moms and babies’ bond instantly and offer a variety of ways to help to help you build that bond:

  • Transition Care: Your baby can be assessed and bathed in your presence.
  • Rooming In: Care for you and your baby is provided in your postpartum room.
  • Kangaroo Care: Your baby is placed directly on your bare chest for skin-to-skin contact.
  • Newborn Feeding: You receive support and education whether you are breastfeeding, pumping or bottle feeding.
  • Prenatal Coaching: You learn about your newborn’s behaviors and how to respond to his or her cues.