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Family Birth Center at St. Francis Hospital

Family Birth Center at St. Francis Hospital

If you have a new baby on the way, it’s good to know that experienced maternity care providers are close by. At St. Francis Hospital, we provide exceptional care and personal attention to you and your family.

Superior maternity and childbirth services

Our board-certified obstetricians, certified nurse-midwives and labor and delivery nurses focus on your individual needs throughout your pregnancy, labor, delivery and after childbirth. We serve families in our local communities of Federal Way, Auburn, Fife, Kent, Milton, Puyallup and Northeast Tacoma.

The Family Birth Center at St. Francis offers:

Family Birth Center at St. Francis Hospital

Family Birth Center at St. Francis Hospital

Our Level II Special Care Nursery provides care for babies born down to 32 weeks. We partner with board-certified pediatricians, Seattle Children’s Neonatal Advanced Practice Providers, and Specialty-Trained Neonatal Registered Nurses who provide 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week care for ill newborns in this dedicated unit.

Spacious, private birthing suites

We designed our birthing suites for your comfort and privacy during all stages of birth—labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum. Our spacious, beautifully decorated suites provide a soothing setting that includes:

  • Comfortable birthing labor beds to support a full range of birthing bed positions
  • Birthing balls, squatting bars, positioning guides and nitrous oxide
  • Nurses trained in physiologic labor support
  • Beds for the new mother’s support person and space for visitors
  • State-of-the-art fetal monitoring technology and other technology for safe labor and delivery
  • Quick access to operating rooms for C-sections, if needed
  • Television
Birthing suite entrance

Birthing suite entrance

Birthing suite and bathroom

Birthing suite and bathroom



Family Birth Center waiting area

Family Birth Center waiting area

Award winning

St. Francis Hospital is among America’s Best Maternity Hospitals according to Newsweek magazine. In addition to high-quality maternity and childbirth services, we also deliver exceptional postpartum care. We are among a select few programs in the region to maintain this honor.

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized St. Francis Hospital for excellence in lactation care.

St. Francis Hospital is recognized by IBLCE and ILCA for excellence in lactation care

TeamBirth: Personalized care with a team approach

We are proud to use a model of care called “TeamBirth,” which centers you in all health care decisions made throughout labor, delivery, and postpartum. TeamBirth uses frequent “huddles” to make sure everyone knows what is happening and why – at every step of the way.

Patients love the TeamBirth model because if a decision needs to be made, it doesn’t happen at the nurses' station; it happens in your room. If you don’t understand something, you have a chance to clarify things with your whole care team during huddles. This not only involves you in all decisions, it leads to better communication all around, which results in better care for you and your baby.

Find a provider at the Family Birth Center in Federal Way

Learn more about our pregnancy and childbirth services at the Family Birth Center at St. Francis Hospital or make an appointment.

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Childbirth education classes

Register online for a childbirth education class and receive an on-site birthing center tour. 

Download our free guide

Preparing for childbirth can be overwhelming. To help you get started, we’ve created a free downloadable guide that provides everything you need to know as you take your first steps toward motherhood with Virginia Mason Franciscan Health.