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We’re so happy you found us – because when it comes to a truly exceptional birthing experience in Baton Rouge, you’ll quickly realize why women are choosing Baton Rouge General Birth Center for the birth of their babies. We understand that you want your birthing experience to be personal and private, with individual attention for you and your family. You also expect the most comprehensive medical care – for baby and for you – under one roof. Welcome to Baton Rouge General Birth Center. We’ve been expecting you.

Our suites bring together state-of-the-art technology and hotel-like rooms to all of our new moms. You can take a look at our rooms through our tour video or you can join us at one of our Tour for Two (or more!) classes. Our certified Birth Center staff can also provide you with all the tips, tools and techniques you need for caring for your new bundle of joy at home through our childbirth education classes. We will work with you to realize your baby's incredible capabilities and teach you how to properly care for your little miracle.

During your stay with us, you will have full access to our many services, including our GIFT Certified Breastfeeding Center. Our staff will ensure that you and your baby are comfortable and content through our one-on-one training sessions in the privacy of your room. We also offer a Breastfeeding Basics class to help you get comfortable with techniques prior to baby’s arrival. Our staff is here to support you as a new mom and is available during and after your hospital stay to answer questions and be your guide through this amazing bonding experience.

During your pregnancy, there are so many amazing miracles taking place in your body and to your baby. Each trimester is filled with exciting new changes. It is important that you see your OB/GYN throughout your pregnancy. If you do not have one, we can help you find one of our caring physicians to be a part of your journey.

While preparing for the arrival of your baby, you will want to make sure you fill out your Pre-Admission Forms. These forms will help to expedite your time in Pre-Admit. You may also be curious about what you should pack for your stay in the hospital. We will provide you with diapers, formula and other toiletries, but our what to bring list also includes a few more items that you might want to bring with you for comfort.

For more information about our Birth Center, please email .
Baton Rouge General Birth Center
8585 Picardy Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

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Baton Rouge General’s Birth Center staff is prepared and experienced for all different types of delivery. We encourage you to create a birth plan with your physician and call to speak with us to discuss it and any special needs that you might need during delivery. 

Some of the options that we have available to laboring mothers include:

  • Birthing balls
  • Squat bars
  • Trained staff to help with positioning, and counter pressure
  • Portable fetal heart monitoring
  • Intermittent monitoring
  • IV heplock
  • Beds with breakaway positioning
  • Skin-to-skin contact directly after birth
  • Initiating breast feeding within the first hour after birth
  • Rooming-in for bonding
  • Doulas permitted

If you are interested in laboring or delivering in the water, it is important that you contact your physician to create a birth plan.  Please have your doctor’s office fax signed birth plans to 225-763-4142.

Sometimes, situations do arise and birth plans are unable to be followed due to health concerns.  Please rest assured that our main goal and focus will always be to keep mom and baby’s health and well-being in mind at all times.

To speak with one of our Birth Center staff members about your birth plan, please call (225) 763-4141 or email

Extra Care for Babies with Special Needs 

In the event a newborn requires specialized intensive care services, parents can rest assured their little one will be well taken care of in our Certified Level III Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). We are fully equipped with a team of highly skilled and board certified neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners and nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers and developmental practitioners. Services include 24-hour in-house presence of advanced practice neonatal nurse practitioners and access to numerous pediatric sub-specialties including physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists. Together, we are dedicated to giving babies and families the specialized care and attention they may need.

Our state of the art NICU features a stress-free and quiet environment for our infants and is modeled to encourage development as well as to encourage family involvement. Generous visitation hours are offered and encouraged for both parents and siblings. Full parental involvement means that you receive thorough information on your baby’s treatment and progress. Not only are parents fully involved in their baby’s care, but with the NICU located within the Birth Center, they also are never more than a few steps away.

Parents of our NICU babies are also given the opportunity to room-in prior to bringing their baby home.  This allows parents the opportunity to take care of their baby while still utilizing the assistance of our NICU team, helping to ease any fears that they might have about caring for baby once they arrive home. 

For more questions or more information about our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, please call (225) 763-4145.


Breastfeeding Center – Staffed by lactation specialists, the Breastfeeding Center offers breastfeeding classes for expectant parents as well as lactation training in the privacy of your room once your baby is born. The Breastfeeding Center can be reached by calling (225) 763-4127 for all your breastfeeding questions and support. If you are breastfeeding, please remember that our Breastfeeding Center will be available to provide you with guidance over the phone or by appointment for as long as you are breastfeeding.

Nutritional Counseling
– Proper nutrition is integral to you and your newborn’s health. You may be referred to our Nutritional Counseling Department for consultations if you experience excessive weight gain or weight loss, anemia and other nutritional deficiencies. Our department offers inpatient and outpatient consultations and is staffed by licensed dietitians and nutritionists.

Pharmacy – Baton Rouge General’s Corner Pharmacy is located downstairs across from the Gift Shop. We can provide you with a number of things you may need with a new baby at home. We also provide valet parking at Entrance 1, allowing you to get everything you need without the hassle of finding a parking spot.

*For more information on breast pump rentals or purchases, please visit our Pharmacy or call (225) 763-4682.

Pediatric Care – No one ever wants to think of their child as hurt or needing emergency care, but unfortunately these things happen. Our Pediatric Center is home to a full range of inpatient and outpatient services including our pediatric-friendly Emergency Room (ER), pediatric intensive care unit, pediatric burn unit and pediatric rehabilitation. Our pediatric specialists understand that kids need a stimulating and encouraging environment to help them get better faster and that’s why we’ve designed this area to be their home away from home. This area also includes the latest pediatric equipment, instruments and technology that you would expect from a top-level Pediatric Center.

Birth Center

Birth Center


Address:8585 Picardy Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA, 70809
(225) 763-4000

Mid City

Address:3600 Florida Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA, 70806
(225) 387-7000