Birthing and Maternity Services

Labor, Delivery and Recovery at Fletcher Allen

mother, baby and staffFletcher Allen’s labor, delivery and recovery services are provided on two separate floors at Fletcher Allen’s Medical Center Campus in Burlington.  Labor and delivery take place in the Claire M. Lintilhac Birthing Center located on the seventh floor of the McClure Building. Following delivery, women and their babies are taken to the Mother Baby Unit on the fifth floor of the Shepardson Building, where they recover before going home.  

About the Claire M. Lintilhac Birthing Center at Fletcher Allen

The Claire M. Lintilhac Birthing Center, which opened in May 2004, includes many features to ensure a family-centered and individualized birthing experience.  We serve women with a variety of interests and needs  - from uncomplicated deliveries to the most high-risk cases.

The Birthing Center features seven labor and delivery suites, three rooms for inpatient observation and two state-of-the-art operating rooms for Cesarean section births.  We offer a labor and delivery room specially designed for water births.  We also offer handicapped accessible rooms for labor and delivery and inpatient observation, as well as services for the hearing impaired.

Patient rooms were designed to feel homey.  Laboring women and their support people also have the use of a labor lounge with sweeping views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains.

The center is located directly down the hall from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on the seventh floor of the McClure Building, ensuring quick transport of Fletcher Allen's tiniest patients in critical care situations.

Support During Labor and Delivery

Most women labor and deliver in the same room.  Each woman can choose whom she wants to have with her during her labor and during the birth.  It is important to have the presence of loved ones who can provide support and comfort.  Usually the major support person, father of the baby or significant person in the woman's life is the best one to have present.  In addition, others may be present, dependent on the desires of each woman and the events occurring during the labor.  There is a designated ‘visitors’ lounge where loved ones can stay while waiting for the delivery of the new baby.  Click here to see the Visitation Policy.

Your Health Care Team

Our mission is to provide and advocate for caring, comprehensive and coordinated health care for women in a respectful, sharing and safe setting.

Patient and providersAt Fletcher Allen, your health care team under the direction of your obstetric provider may include registered nurses, certified nurse-midwives, obstetrical resident doctors, medical students, obstetricians, family practice physicians, anesthesiologists and other specialists as needed.  We also encourage the presence of a support person(s), who may want to take an active role in your care. 

About the Mother Baby Unit at Fletcher Allen

Fletcher Allen’s Mother Baby Unit on Shepardson 5 is a 35-bed unit consisting of double-occupancy, semi-private rooms.  We care for women and newborns following birth as well as those with high-risk pregnancies who need special care and bed rest prior to giving birth.

The unit is staffed by a team of dedicated nurses committed to providing friendly and personal family-centered care.  Our nurses specialize in ante-partum, post-partum and newborn nursing and are trained in lactation support and neonatal resuscitation.  A lactation consultant is available Monday through Friday for those mothers needing extra help and support.

The unit also includes a 24-hour staffed newborn nursery.  Newborns undergo a thorough health assessment during their visit, including a hearing test conducted by an audiologist.

Women usually remain in the hospital for one to two days after a vaginal birth and three to four days after a Cesarean birth.  To stimulate the important process of family bonding, fathers are encouraged to visit any time.  Your other children may also visit, accompanied by an adult, unless they are ill.  Click here to see the Visitation Policy. 

Still Have Question?

We encourage you to request assistance whenever needed, in infant feeding (breast or bottle), infant care and bathing, family adjustment issues (siblings, work, postpartum blues), and birth control.  We can also provide information about community resources, such as follow-up care at home by a nurse or lactation consultant.

For more information about birthing and maternity services at Fletcher Allen, please call (802) 847-3830 or (802) 847-2730.  We will be happy to schedule a tour, discuss special needs, or provide additional details.

You can also write to us at the following addresses:

Fletcher Allen
The Claire M. Lintilhac Birthing Center
McClure Building, Level 7
Medical Center Campus
111 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, VT   05401|
Phone:  802-847-3830

Fletcher Allen
Mother/Baby Unit
Shepardson Building, Level 5
Medical Center Campus
111 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, VT  05401
Phone:  802-847-2730


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"Just came home with our daughter after having a long labor. Words cannot express the amount of gratitude for the team at Fletcher Allen. Painted on the walls, I read 'One Team, One Purpose, One Patient.' Well, we can tell you from experience, they get it done at this hospital. There were so many incredible people involved, and I wish I could name some of them here, but I eventually came to the realization that these people don’t do it for the recognition. Even getting off the elevators, employees with no connection to us whatsoever were there with a smile and an open heart to make you feel welcome and comfortable. Vermont is really a special place, and Fletcher Allen is a really special hospital. Thank you."

Jason Remington