Maternity care in Salt Lake City
COVID-19 and Pregnancy - An Update for our Patients
We would like to take this opportunity to update you about your maternity care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and assure you that our dedicated team of expert nurses, physicians and midwives are committed to providing the safest and most effective care.
The Women's Pavilion at St. Mark’s Hospital offers a team of obstetricians (OBs), obstetrician gynecologists (OBGYNs), high-risk pregnancy doctors, midwives, labor and delivery nurses and lactation specialists. These experts are all available to help you experience a safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery—based on your personal birth plan.
However you wish to experience childbirth, our maternity care center provides a spacious, comfortable environment for you to labor, give birth, rest and get to know your new baby.
For more information, please call St. Mark’s Hospital's labor and delivery unit at (801) 743-6540.
St. Mark's Hospital is recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+ by Blue Cross Blue Shield. This designation is awarded to facilities which demonstrate affordable, high-quality care as well as treatment expertise and better overall patient results.
Through our prenatal care program, we help you experience a safe, healthy pregnancy as well as help you prepare for your baby's arrival. As part of that, we offer access to different types of prenatal care providers, including board-certified OBGYNs and certified nurse midwives.
Midwifery services may be a good option for you if you wish to have a more natural birth experience, but midwives can accommodate other childbirth options as well.
Maternity classes and childbirth education
If you are planning the birth of a child in Salt Lake City, St. Mark’s Hospital offers one of the most robust childbirth education programs in the area. Our program includes birthing classes, breastfeeding classes and newborn parenting classes.
Please note that during COVID-19 pandemic, we will be teaching the classes online.
We also provide labor, delivery and postpartum tours to help you and your family learn what to expect in our maternity center. To sign up for a tour, please register online.
Please note that during COVID-19 pandemic, tours are virtual. We host a virtual tour each Wednesday at 6:00pm.
High-risk pregnancy care
Our maternal-fetal medicine team offers a wide array of diagnostic tests and services for high-risk pregnancies. A pregnancy is considered high risk when there are potential complications that could affect the mother and/or baby.
For some women, preexisting health conditions, such as high blood pressure, can make a pregnancy high risk from the start. However, unforeseen conditions can also arise in otherwise routine pregnancies. That is why our team is here to help ensure the best outcome for you and your baby.
To learn more about our high-risk pregnancy services, please call our women's services at (855) 849-3365.
Help getting pregnant
We understand conception looks different for everyone. If you are looking for infertility services, we offer a wide range of options for men and women. (Men's infertility services are available through our urological care program.) We are able to support you throughout your journey to parenthood—from preconception through labor and delivery.
To learn more about our infertility services, please call women's services at (855) 849-3365.
Labor and delivery services
We know childbirth is precious. This is why we focus on clinical excellence and specialized care, so you can focus on creating the memory of a lifetime. Maybe you want childbirth to be something you share quietly with your partner, or maybe you’d rather have your loved ones gather around you in joyful celebration. We respect your decision and provide you with many options for bringing your baby into the world.
Features of our labor and delivery unit
Our labor and delivery unit is located on the first floor of the Women's Pavilion. We offer 15 labor, delivery and recovery (LDR) rooms as well as two dedicated rooms for Cesarean sections (C-sections). To ensure you have access to fast childbirth services, we have an OBGYN and anesthesiologist on-site 24/7.
OB hospitalist program
We were the first hospital in Utah to offer an OB hospitalist program. An OB hospitalist is a physician who specializes solely in caring for pregnant patients who are hospitalized or have a pregnancy-related emergency. With this added service, a board-certified OBGYN is on-site 24/7 to handle emergencies.
Personalized birth services and amenities
At St. Mark's Hospital, you can design a birthing experience that is just right for you and your baby. Our maternity amenities and services include:
- Flexible visiting hours
- In-room accommodations for support person
- Quiet time
- Medicated birth, such as with an epidural
- Natural birth
- Vaginal birth
- Vaginal birth after C-section (VBAC)
Pain relief methods
- Breathing techniques
- Hot and cold therapy
- IV pain control
- Whirlpool tub
Labor and delivery options
- Doulas welcome
- Filming and photography welcome
- Immediate skin-to-skin contact
- Lighting preferences
- Music welcome
- Umbilical cord cutting
Infant care amenities
- Advanced infant security
- Baby can room-in or sleep in the nursery
- Lactation support available
- Newborn photography available
- Breast pumps available
- Internet access
- Large, private rooms
- TV/DVD player
- Adoption support
Neonatal intensive care
If your baby needs neonatal intensive care after birth, we have a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in our Women's Pavilion. Here, our neonatologists and NICU nurses care for ill and premature babies born as early as 24 weeks gestation.
To reach our NICU, please call (801) 743-6520.
After delivery, our maternity team provides postpartum care throughout your hospital stay—and even after you take your baby home. Our goal is to help you learn to care for your new baby, begin breastfeeding (if you wish) and begin a healthy recovery.
Your room will have plenty of space for your baby to room-in with you, but our nurses are available to care for your newborn in our well-baby nursery when you need to rest.
To reach our postpartum nurses' station, please call (801) 743-6605.
To reach our well-baby nursery, please call (801) 743-6680.
If you choose to breastfeed your baby, we can help. Our certified lactation specialists and educators are available to help you and your baby learn successful techniques for breastfeeding.
To reach our lactation consultants, please call lactation support at (801) 743-6616.
Pelvic floor physical therapy
Pregnancy and childbirth can cause your pelvic floor muscles to weaken, which can sometimes lead to bladder control problems and other pelvic floor disorders. To help women experiencing pelvic floor conditions, we provide pelvic floor physical therapy. Our physical therapists will work with you to personalize a therapy plan to ease and/or resolve your symptoms.
Postpartum depression services
It is not uncommon for women to experience temporary mood disorders after giving birth. However, if you have been experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety for more than two weeks, or if the symptoms are interfering with your daily activities, it is important to seek help. It is likely that you have postpartum depression, in this case, and our specialists are standing by 24/7 to provide postpartum depression evaluations and support.
Our mental health specialists are available 24/7. To speak to one of our specialists about postpartum depression, please call (801) 268-7438.
Outpatient postpartum depression program
St. Mark's Hospital's behavioral health services include an Intensive Outpatient Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder Program. Here, our specialists help pregnant women and new mothers with conditions such as postpartum depression. From psychosocial evaluations and medication management to support groups and family therapy sessions, our program provides access to numerous support resources.
If you are unable to care for your newborn, you can give up custody anonymously at any hospital in Utah, including ours, which is a Utah Newborn Safe Haven. Along with Utah Newborn Safe Haven, we are here to help.