Maternity center in Idaho Falls, ID

At Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, we take a family-focused approach to labor and delivery and offer the highest levels of medical care in the region.

Our expert labor and delivery nurses, physicians, and highly trained pregnancy specialists provide you with high-quality, compassionate care and support when you go into labor. We take every step possible to ensure you have the amenities you need to have a successful birthing experience.

EIRMC is named a "Best Maternity Hospital 2021" by Newsweek Magazine. This means EIRMC met Leapfrog's high standards for safety and quality for maternity care.

For more information about our labor and delivery services, call us at (208) 529-7171.

Our labor and delivery unit

We want you to feel as safe and comfortable as possible when preparing for the arrival of your little one. Our maternity center offers various amenities to ensure this, including:

  • A variety of delivery methods
  • Clear fluids and flavored ice chips during labor
  • Experienced labor and delivery nurses, doctors and staff
  • IV medications and 24-hour epidural coverage as pain management options
  • A Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with specialists providing around-the-clock care for newborns
  • Non-medicated pain management options including walking in labor, a birthing bar and birthing balls
  • Room furnishings include a birthing bed, sleeper sofa, recliner TV/DVD player and internet access
  • The options for your family to be present during delivery
  • Two designated suites for cesarean sections (C-sections) to expedite delivery in emergencies
  • Wireless monitor fetal heart rate, maternal heart rate and uterine activity

After the arrival of your little one, you can relax knowing your baby is receiving high-quality care. You and your baby will rest and recover together. Your partner or other support person is welcome to "room in" with you.

Here's what to expect after delivery:

  • We can perform postpartum tubal ligation with your cesarean section (C-section) or after vaginal delivery.
  • We encourage "skin to skin" contact between mom and baby immediately after delivery to facilitate bonding and promote newborn stability,
  • Support from our international board-certified lactation consultant if you choose to breastfeed.
  • An infant security system will protect your baby throughout your hospital stay.
  • Hearing tests for newborns.
  • Kernicterus (brain damage) prevention and jaundice testing and monitoring; light therapy when needed.
  • You and your companion will enjoy a three-course celebratory "stork dinner."
  • Visiting hours for family and friends to meet your little one.

Intensive care for newborns

Sometimes after birth, your baby may require a bit more help. We know this can be a stressful thought, but our experts in our Level III NICU have your child's health as their highest priority. With a multidisciplinary team and specialists in maternal-fetal and critical care needs, even if your child has a preexisting or newly developed condition, we can assess and treat them as soon as they arrive.

We want to be as comprehensive as possible, and sometimes our team can identify problems and plan for them before you go into labor. We provide access to high-level specialists and physicians and offer prenatal services for moms experiencing or expecting pregnancy complications.

Midwifery care

Our team is all about providing various options for women who are expecting. That's why we offer access to Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) to deliver babies at EIRMC. If you are expecting a low-risk birth, a CNM-attended hospital birth might be the right choice for you.

A CNM is an advanced practice registered nurse who has completed, at minimum, a master's degree in nursing. They are certified with the American Midwifery Certification Board, and at EIRMC, undergo a credentialing process similar to physicians.

Some of the benefits of a CNM include:

  • For many pregnant moms, CNMs offer a more natural birth experience with as much help as you want or need along the way. Their deliveries occur in the hospital, and they promote different pain management options while assisting in labor and childbirth.
  • They remain with you throughout labor and are highly trained to recognize problems that might require a doctor's attention.

Like an obstetrician, a CNM provides regular education and counseling during pregnancy (including developing a personalized birth plan) and offers postpartum care.

CNMs cannot perform surgical interventions in an emergency. CNMs are generally not recommended for high-risk pregnancies, such as multiple births or women with diabetes, high blood pressure, or pre-existing health conditions.

Childbirth classes

In light of the current COVID-19 rates in our community, childbirth preparation classes and hospital tours are available virtually. There are no in-person classes or tours. For additional questions, please call (208) 529-7157.

Classes available remotely:

  • Childbirth Preparation
  • Prenatal Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding your baby

We aim to support you and your baby in achieving your breastfeeding goals.

Breastfeeding best practices include:

  • Performing skin-to-skin care with your baby immediately after delivery and throughout the first week of life. Baby holding helps babies succeed with breastfeeding.
  • Feeding your baby on-demand and unscheduled, about every two to three hours.
  • Rooming with your baby during your hospital stay. We encourage continuous, uninterrupted bonding time with your baby. The more time you spend in close contact with your baby, the faster your baby will learn to breastfeed.
  • Massaging your breast lightly, stroke your baby's cheek, or gently rub the baby's head, back and feet intermittently to keep the baby awake and sucking while nursing.
  • Breastfeeding should not be painful. With a proper latch, the baby should have lips that are flanged outward and full cheeks. If you are having pain with the baby's latch, break the suction with a light finger in the corner of the baby's mouth and allow the baby to reattempt the latch.
  • The more time your baby spends nursing, the more milk your body makes. Your body knows the perfect amount of milk your baby needs based on how often the baby eats. If you are away from your baby during a feeding, you will need to remove milk from your breasts with a breast pump or hand expression to replace the feeding and maintain your supply.

Register for a free breastfeeding class

Outpatient lactation center

EIRMC’s outpatient lactation clinic is a resource for moms in the community with questions about breastfeeding. This one-on-one clinic helps moms with their breastfeeding challenges, including:

  • Effectiveness of feeding and proper positioning
  • Latching difficulties
  • Low milk supply and information on increasing milk
  • Medical issues during breastfeeding
  • Normal infant behavior related to feedings
  • Pain with feeding/sore nipples
  • Questions about pumping and going back to work
  • Reassurance

Each hour session is $25.00. To schedule a personal consultation, please call (208) 529-7171.

Breast milk donations and donor milk

Sometimes, premature babies, like those in EIRMC’s (NICU), depend on donated breast milk to thrive when their mom’s milk is unavailable. EIRMC assists by being the region’s only donation center for new moms to drop off their extra/unused breast milk.

If you have saved breast milk or are currently breastfeeding, consider donating to the Breast Milk Donation Center at EIRMC. To become a donor, contact us at (208) 529-7171.

Can I donate milk?

Taking care of your baby is your first priority. Once you have established your milk supply and your own baby’s needs, becoming a donor might be an option for you. You likely qualify as a donor if:

  • You are in generally good health
  • You are a non-smoker
  • You are taking no medications regularly

To become a donor:

  1. Call (208) 529-7171 to refer you to the milk bank.
  2. Trained lactation consultants conduct a short phone pre-screening.
  3. You will be sent a comprehensive screening form to submit.
  4. A lactation consultant will contact you to schedule a blood test at EIRMC for free.
  5. Once you sign the donor consent form and your doctor signs the medical release form, you are ready to donate milk.
  6. You will be provided with containers to store your milk.
  7. Drop off your milk at EIRMC; that’s all there is to it.

After you donate your milk:

  1. Milk is received and stored in large freezers maintained at -20° C or colder.
  2. Milk is pooled together into large flasks and then poured into sanitized glass bottles.
  3. The bottles are placed in a pasteurizer, brought to 62.5, for 30 minutes.
  4. The bottles are cooled immediately, labeled and placed in freezers.
  5. A small sample of the milk is analyzed to assess fats, proteins and lactose.
  6. A sample from each batch is sent to the lab to be tested for any bacterial growth.
  7. Once approved, the milk is sent coast to coast to babies in hospitals and homes.

Prenatal care for a healthy pregnancy

If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, these are ways you can promote a healthy pregnancy and baby:

  • Alcohol — When you drink alcohol, so does your unborn baby. There is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink while pregnant.
  • Diabetes — Poor control of diabetes during pregnancy increases the chance for birth abnormalities and other problems for your baby. It can cause severe complications for you, too.
  • Environmental and workplace exposures — Some workplace hazards can affect the health of your unborn baby.
  • Folic acid — Folic acid is a B vitamin that can help prevent significant birth abnormalities.
  • High blood pressure — Existing high blood pressure can increase your risk of problems during pregnancy. Talk to your doctors about ways to maintain healthy blood pressure and how to monitor it.
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) — If you are pregnant or are thinking about becoming pregnant, get a test for HIV as soon as possible and encourage your partner to get tested as well. If you are pregnant and have HIV, talk to your doctor about what you can do to keep yourself healthy and protect your baby.
  • Medications — Taking certain medications during pregnancy might cause serious birth abnormalities for your baby. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about anything you are taking. These include prescription and over-the-counter medications and dietary or herbal supplements.
  • Smoking — Smoking during pregnancy is the single most preventable cause of illness and death among mothers and infants. Learn more about the dangers of smoking and find help to quit.
  • Unborn babies exposed to radiation — If you think you might have been exposed to radiation, talk with your doctor.
  • Vaccinations — Talk to your doctor about vaccinations. Many are safe and recommended during pregnancy, but some are not. Having the proper vaccinations at the right time can help keep you and your baby healthy.
  • West Nile virus — Take steps to reduce your risk for West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne infections.