Health Education

Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown Birthing Center Orientation

This orientation session is mandatory for anyone planning to deliver as a low risk patient without epidural anesthesia in one of our natural Birthing Center rooms at Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown.

This is a one time, informational-only orientation which is mandatory for the low risk patient wanting to deliver natural in our special "Birthing Center" area of the womens' care unit. The Birthing Center is specially designed to provide personalized care for the mother who wishes to deliver without epidural anesthesia or other medications in a cozy home-like environment with access to our state of the art hospital facility, if needed. The orientation will provide the expectant mother and her support person with an overview of the Birthing Center guidelines and allow her to ask questions. Before registering for this orientation, contact your prenatal care provider to ensure he/she has delivering privileges at Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown and considers your pregnancy to be low risk and considers you a proper candidate for this special area. The orientation fee includes both the patient and her support person. All registration questions must be answered before you submit the registration form for this orientation.

You will also need to go online to pre-register as a patient to the hospital. The preregistration is done through our website: We recommend that you have both of these completed before you are 35 weeks pregnant. Due to high demand of this orientation course, we encourage you to book your class early to be completed in the suggested timeframe. If you are unable to book this class within the appropriate timeframe, remember that several of our labor and delivery rooms also have tubs and natural labor tools available in a similar space to closely follow your birth wishes for a natural delivery.

*This is NOT a childbirth education class, BUT please make sure you are preparing for a natural birth experience by attending a childbirth education class or having had a previous successful natural delivery without the use of medication or epidural anesthesia.

If you've had a previous natural delivery in our Birthing Center, please contact our Birth Designer, Stephanie (615-284-7526) to schedule a private appointment instead of registering to attend one of these orientation sessions.

If you have questions that must be addressed before your orientation date, please call the Family Learning Center staff at 615-284-2229 Monday through Friday from 9 am to noon.

Other Dates and Times

WhenDate Time Registration
July 6, 2022
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Noon-1:30 p.m.
July 21, 2022
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
July 26, 2022
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Noon-1:30 p.m.

If your class required payment, a refund will be given if a cancellation request is received 2 business days (48 hours) prior to the start of the class/program. A full refund will be given for any class cancelled by the site.