Birthing Center

About the Birthing Center

About the Birthing Center

Every baby's birth is special at CRMC. Physicians, nurse midwives and our staff of experienced OB nurses coach and support expectant parents as they go through the birthing process.  The Birthing Center meets the needs of all expectant parents including those who wish to have natural childbirth in a home-like setting with the security of knowing that state-of-the-art equipment is close by in the event of an emergency.

We want to give you the flexibility to create the most unique, family-centered birthing experience available. We respect your values, your concerns and your wishes, so our staff works hard to keep you comfortably in charge of your own childbirth experience. You can choose from an experienced staff of obstetricians, family practitioners, certified nurse midwives and pediatricians who, along with our labor and delivery nurses, provide you personal attention and easy accessibility combined with state-of-the-art technology.

We have been delivering babies at Cookeville Regional Medical Center since 1950, and we currently average 1,600 births per year.

We offer a 32-bed nursery, and 12 all-private, labor-delivery-recovery (LDR) rooms. We also offer six private observation/traige rooms. In addition to the post partum rooms, the Birthing Center includes cesarean surgical suites and is equipped to handle any complications that may arise during labor that require more complex care. Lactation Services are available to our mothers as well. 

For babies who require special care, we offer a six-bed intermediate nursery with state-of-the-art equipment. This area includes special bonding room for mom to visit her baby if she is discharged before her baby is.

Our staff is happy to answer your questions, that is why we have "Peace of Mind" Calls available for expecting mothers and fathers. Qualified staff is available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you have.

For Questions on:

  • Labor.. call (931) 783-2297
  • (931) 783-2298
  • (931) 783-2296

Would you like to tour the Center? You can! Call (931) 783-2787 or (9310 783-5739 to schedule a time to tour the Birthing Center.

For pre-registration please visit Registration on the main floor of the North Tower Lobby.  Call Registration at 931-783-2630 for more information.

Download the Preadmission Registration Form

March of Dimes
Cookeville Regional is a proud supporter of the March of Dimes and their effort to encourage moms, whose pregnancies are healthy, to wait 39 weeks before they deliver. For more information on why it is important to wait 39 weeks visit the March of Dimes website.

Click the image below to view the March of Dimes pregnancy guidelines.







Childbirth and Baby Care Classes

Childbirth and Baby Care Classes

The Birthing Center offers a four-week class that covers prenatal care, childbirth and infant care. These classes are designed to cover information you need to know for the baby and delivery process. We encourage you to be an active participant in your care. That task is much easier if you are fully informed of your options and understand the birthing process.

Our childbirth education classes are taught by experienced obstetrical nurses and enhance your knowledge of labor, delivery and recovery. The topics of anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, relaxation techniques, Lamaze breathing, exercise, medications and pain relief options are all covered. The series also touches on basic infant care and self-care for the postpartum period, as well as breastfeeding.

"Our experience with the birthing classes at the Birthing Center at Cookeville Regional was positive! We took birthing classes with our first pregnancy. We were very young, and although we had planned to have a baby, we were clueless to the process of actually "having" the baby. The classes were very informative about the actual birthing process, but they also helped us to know what was going to happen before the delivery and after. We were informed about breastfeeding and the process that the nursery takes to help a new mom. We will be delivering our second child at the Birthing Center and expect to have the same great experience."    - George and Lorie K., Cookevile, TN.

You may sign up for childbirth classes before you are even showing, in your second or third trimester. Couples can attend childbirth classes up to 40 weeks. However, it is recommended by the Birthing Center staff that you sign up to attend the class 36 weeks or less. 

Childbirth classes 1-3 are held on Monday 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Class 4 will be held on Tuesday from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Weather conditions may alter the schedule. Please contact Labor and Delivery at (931) 783-2297 for possible cancellations.

We want your childbirth experience to be enjoyable. We look forward to seeing you in class!

Class 1: Labor

  • Signs and Symptoms of Labor
  • Stages of Labor
  • When to Come to the Hospital
  • Breathing Techniques

    Class 2: Delivery

  • Vaginal Delivery
  • Cesarean Section Delivery
  • Complications of Labor and Delivery
  • Pain Relief/Anesthesia

    Class 3: Tour of the OB Department/ Review

  • Review of previous information
  • How to Pre-Admit
  • Postpartum Discharge Teaching
  • Tour of Labor and Delivery

    Class 4: Newborn Care and Breastfeeding Class is held on the fourth Tuesday from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    These classes cover information you need to know to care for your newborn. Main Topics:

  • Safety and Security in the Hospital and at Home
  • Safety and Illness
  • Normal Behavior
  • SIDS
  • Bathing and Cord Care
  • Infant Nutrition
  • Circumcision and After Care
  • Feeding, Burping and Diaper Changes
  • Vaccinations
  • Hearing Screening
  • When to Call the Pediatrician
  • Comprehensive Breastfeeding

“As first time parents, we thought the classes were very informative. We especially appreciated the tour of labor and delivery, it helped answer a lot of the questions and it put our minds at ease to know how things will work once we arrive. We are glad we went through the classes, and would recommend them to other first time parents.”               -Greg and Laura C., Baxter, TN

For more information or to reserve your seat and receive a schedule, call (931) 783-2787 or (931) 783-5739.

Cost is $25 per couple. Scholarships available for Crisis Pregnancy and WIC patients.

Mail Payments to: Cookeville Regional Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Blvd., Cookeville, TN 38501.

Resources To Help You!

Resources To Help You!

Babies “Go Red” at Cookeville Regional During American Heart Month

Crystal Cox, R.N. in the Birthing Center nursery, educates mom Jennifer Peek on heart education while she holds her new daughter Mattie Peek.

Cookeville, Tenn. -  The babies at the Birthing Center at Cookeville Regional are “going red” during the month of February in honor of heart month instead of wearing the traditional pink and blue hats.

Babies will be given a red hat, the signature color for the American Heart Association, to wear to raise awareness for heart disease that is the number one killer of women in the United States.  

“This is such a great way to bring awareness to those who have been affected by heart disease and to educate those who are not aware of what the disease entails,” Linda Clouse, R.N. clinical coordinator and educator in the Birthing Center at Cookeville Regional. “Now that our babies are wearing red hats, our hope is that we can reach new moms to create awareness about the importance of stopping heart disease before it starts.” 


March of Dimes
Cookeville Regional is a proud supporter of the March of Dimes and their effort to encourage moms, whose pregnancies are healthy, to wait 39 weeks before they deliver. For more information on why it is important to wait 39 weeks visit 

Click the image below to view the March of Dimes pregnancy guidelines.



Breastfeeding is rewarding, but can be a challenge.  You can always call Cookeville Regional's lactation consultants at 931-783-5773 OR  there is a breastfeeding hotline in Tennessee that you can call 24/7, seven days a week! 

The toll-free number is 1-855-4BF-MOMS (1-855-423-6667). The hotline is staffed by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants and Certified Lactation Counselors, and operated in partnership with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Tennessee Breastfeeding Hotline staff members are available to assist nursing mothers and partners, their families, expectant mothers and health care providers seeking breastfeeding support and information. The hotline provides accurate and up-to-date information at any time of day or night to address common questions and concerns about breastfeeding, including but not limited to:

  • Is baby getting enough milk?
  • Baby refuses to nurse
  • Coping with breast or nipple pain
  • Using breast pumps
  • Working while breastfeeding
  • Taking medication while breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding in public
  • Tennessee breastfeeding laws
  • Referral for breastfeeding support groups

The hotline offers referral services to the Tennessee Women, Infants and Children Program, breast pump rentals and local community support groups.