“Having never been through the birthing process, I didn’t know what to expect. It was important to me that all options, especially an epidural, were available to help manage the pain. In the end, I delivered my first child completely naturally and my second child with an epidural. Both experiences were great and I’m glad MCH could support my choices.”

- Jennifer with her son Ben, Keene, NH Pictured here with Jodie and her son Leo.

At the Birthing Suite, a full range of birthing options are available – you decide how you want to experience birth and we will guide you through every step of the process

Comfort Techniques and Options

Every woman experiences labor and pain differently. At the Birthing Suite, we can help you can choose the options that are best for you at that time. We provide comfort techniques and medications for pain including:

  • Birthing ball
  • Birthing stool
  • Heat therapy
  • Music
  • Quiet lighting
  • Walking
  • Laboring in water
  • Medication for pain relief
  • Nitrous Oxide (PDF)
Birthing Suite tub

Labor in water

Warm water from a shower or tub can help you relax and can reduce your pain and pressure during labor. In addition, water’s buoyancy in a tub can help you more easily adjust your position to stay as comfortable as possible during labor. Water labor has been a safe and non-traditional method of delivery that is supported by local obstetricians and pediatricians. Women have had water labor at MCH since 1992. MCH was the first hospital in New England and the fourth in the United States to offer women this option. The hospital is known nationally and internationally for the use of water as a comfort measure for labor.

If you are interested in water labor, we encourage you, prior to your delivery date to talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of both of these options.

We encourage you to talk to your doctor prior to your delivery date to discuss all your options.

“I delivered all four of my children in water at MCH. Each time, I felt very safe, comfortable and in control. I could not imagine giving birth any other way.”

—Holleigh, Milford, NH, mother of Aspen, Alexeigh, Jaiden and baby Gage Tlapa

Medication for Pain Relief

The Birthing Suite is one of the only hospitals in the Monadnock Region to offer a full range of anesthesiology options. Our Board Certified Anesthesiologists are available 24-hours a day to provide you with either Epidural or Intrathecal Anesthesia. In addition, you can also choose other pain relieving medications that are safe for labor. We encourage you to discuss all pain relief options with your doctor prior to delivery.

NEW! Monadnock Community Hospital: Nitrous oxide now available at The Birthing Suite.Read more.

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

Vaginal Birth after Cesarean Section (VBAC) is performed at MCH. Your doctor will discuss with you whether or not a VBAC is a safe option for your circumstances.

Monadnock Community Hospital Birthing Suite
For more information or to schedule a tour, please call the Birthing Suite at 924-7191 x4170.



452 Old Street Road

Peterborough, NH 03458

(603) 924-7191

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