Wesson Women & Infants’ Unit
The Wesson Women & Infants' Unit at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA is devoted exclusively to women's health needs, family-centered childbirth, and newborn care. We offer a safe, nurturing environment, backed with the most up-to-date technology and medical advances, including the region's only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and high-risk perinatal referral center.
Call us 413-794-BABY to arrange a tour or to register for any of our many Parent Education classes.
Almost 4,500 babies are born each year at the Wesson Women & Infants' Unit. Each of the 38 adult rooms is private and the unit provides inpatient, family-centered care before, during, and after the birth, including high risk obstetrical and well-born newborn care. Our Breastfeeding Support Program can provide you with breast pumps, specialty breastfeeding products, and expert consultations.
Evaluation & Treatment Unit
When you arrive at the hospital in labor, our team of registered nurses and certified nurse-midwives will evaluate your condition in the Women's Evaluation & Treatment Unit (WETU). If you arrive in labor by ambulance, we have our own ambulance bay near the unit, so you can go straight WETU instead of the Emergency Department.
The WETU is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our registered nurses and certified nurse-midwives in the unit specialize in obstetrical and gynecological urgent care. All pregnant women who arrive at Baystate in labor are first evaluated here. They will quickly determine if you are in labor and how far along you are before admitting you to a birthing room on Wesson 1.
Labor & Delivery Unit
On the Wesson Women & Infants' Unit, you will enjoy special, personalized care with a range of birthing options and individualized nursing care.
- We answer your questions to help you make informed decisions and better understand your options for making your birthing experience exactly the way you want it.
- You can create your Personal Birth Plan for the delivery of your baby.
- You can choose to use our labor tub, if available. We offer breastfeeding support.
- We encourage family participation, and have flexible visiting hours. Your partner may stay overnight with you in your room on a folding cot.
- We provide a free meal for one partner, and offer a room service menu for snacks and meals available for purchase for your visitors.
Cesarean and High Risk Pregnancy Unit
The Wesson Women & Infants Unit houses a dedicated operating suite for women who require a planned or emergency Cesarean section (C-section) delivery.
Our surgeons are part of Baystate's team of highly skilled physicians, many of whom are recognized nationally for their expertise in patient care, clinical research and medical education. Our surgeons are current and knowledgeable in the latest technologies and procedures. They have undergone years of extensive education and training, and most are board certified in their specialty.
If you develop complications during pregnancy that require hospitalization, or have a Cesarean delivery, you will be admitted to the Wesson 2/Cesarean & High Risk Pregnancy Unit where you will benefit from skilled nursing care that meets your specific medical needs.