The Center for New Beginnings at OhioHealth Marion General Hospital features a homelike atmosphere with oak furniture, including charming Boston rockers as well as sleeping accommodations for the support person. 

We understand your pregnancy and the birth of your baby are like no other times in your life - our team partners to provide you the personalized care you deserve.    

The Center for New Beginnings at Marion General, the largest maternity program in north central Ohio, features a Level II nursery, with board certified neonatologists and staff who are trained in treatment programs for select high-risk mothers and newborns.

Coupled with our board certified obstetricians, pediatricians, anesthesiologists, highly-skilled nurses and state-of-the-art technology, our center provides exceptional obstetrical care for you and your baby.

Arriving for Your Delivery

Marion General provides free, convenient parking adjacent to the main entrance for all of our patients and visitors. If you arrive in labor, please pull to the main entrance, and you will be assisted.

Labor and Delivery is located on the third floor of the hospital and can be accessed by the main elevators.
If you arrive after regular business hours, please enter the hospital through the Emergency Department. You will be assisted to the third floor by the Emergency Department staff.  

Private Birthing Suites

Our private, home-like and spacious birthing suites are equipped with fetal monitoring technology and the latest in birthing comfort options. Our recovery rooms include a private bathroom and shower, a sleeping chair for your support person or visitors. A refrigerator and microwave are located nearby for families to use.

During labor and delivery, you are allowed two to three additional persons for support to be in the room with you. Family and friends are welcome to wait in the spacious Family Waiting Area just down the hall. Visitors can take turns visiting you in the labor and delivery room, provided there are no more than three people in the room with you at a time while you are in labor.

After delivery, you will be moved to a private post-delivery room. Each room is designed for your comfort and includes:

  • Comfortable sleeping accommodations for you and your partner
  • Private bathroom and shower
  • Rocking chair
  • Television
  • Telephone

Meeting Your Baby

When your baby arrives:

  • You may hold your baby moments after his or her birth.
  • A nurse examines, weighs and measures your baby.
  • Your baby is immediately returned to you to hold and feed.
  • While you are moved to your post-partum room, your baby will have a complete assessment and bath.

We Support the Bond between Mother and Baby

At the Center for New Beginnings, we understand that moms and babies bond instantly. We offer the following options to help you build that bond.

  • Transition Care - Your baby is assessed and bathed in your presence
  • Rooming In - Care for you and your baby is provided in your post-delivery room
  • Kangaroo Care - Your baby is placed directly on your bare chest for skin-to-skin contact
  • Newborn Feeding - We provide support whether you are breastfeeding, breast pumping or bottle feeding. If you choose to breastfeed, our board-certified lactation consultants can help you develop the skills you need for successful breastfeeding. We provide breastfeeding support before you deliver, during your hospital stay and after you've taken your baby home.
  • Parental Coaching - We teach you about your newborn's behaviors and how to respond to their cues
  • Cluster Care - A care treatment where our staff "clusters" the newborns care needs at one time which allows for extended amount of rest in between. With premature babies (multiples or not) cluster care is very important since premature babies are very sensitive to touch. They need the extended periods of rest in between to thrive and grow.
  • Bedside Reporting - A real-time exchange of information that increases patient safety, improves quality of care, increases accountability, and strengthens teamwork.

Your Baby's Safety
Marion General's state-of-the-art security system ensures your baby's safety. You will receive information explaining the system upon admission.


Visiting hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Visitors may park in our free and convenient visitor parking lot located in front of the hospital. The Welcome Center will direct them to the mother's room, when they arrive.

Leaving the Hospital

Your physician will determine when it is safe for you and your baby to leave the hospital. Procedures and other tasks that need to be completed before you go home are listed below.

  • Discharge teaching completed, including watching any videos or completing appropriate paperwork
  • A final exam of you and your baby completed by the physician
  • Birth Certificate Packet and Social Security Care registration completed
  • All newborn screening tests completed
  • Any vaccines or procedures for baby (circumcision) completed, and baby is resting comfortably after recovery period
  • Baby pictures taken by hospital staff. You have the option to purchase photos and the option to consent to your baby's photo being posted on Peekaboo Babies. Please let your nurse know if your baby's photo has not been taken and you would like for it to be done.
  • Gift bag received.
  • Removal of baby's cord clamp and security device