New Family Center

1202 S. Tyler St.
Covington, LA 70433 (985) 898-4436
24 hours, 7 days

Welcome to the New Family Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital! Whether you are welcoming your first baby or your fifth, we know childbirth is a significant milestone for you, your baby and your loved ones.

We recognize each birth is unique and parents have wishes and plans for the birth of their baby.  You can count on sensitive, compassionate and highly skilled care from our team to meet all of your needs during this important time.

Our birthing suites allow you to labor, deliver, recover and spend your postpartum (LDRP) time in one comfortable room. If you are planning for or need a Cesarean delivery; we have two surgical suites ready for your birthing needs. Because every woman’s childbirth is different, our team is prepared day and night to handle all situations – from overseeing normal deliveries to managing high-risk or even emergency situations.

Once your baby is born, we encourage “rooming in” so the bond between you and your baby can blossom from the very start. A newborn nursery is available should you need it, and our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) offers babies excellent care in the event of an unexpected complication.

Before and after delivery, we offer education and support that will make the most of this special time and help you feel confident and supported when you go home. Each step of the way, we invite you to discuss your individual needs and preferences with our staff.

We are committed to making your birth experience everything you want it to be. 

The St. Tammany Parish Hospital New Family Center consists of Labor & Delivery, the Treatment Room (triage area), Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic, Postpartum and Newborn Nursery.  Here you’ll find the latest technology for diagnosis, fetal heart rate monitoring and documentation, maternal surveillance, and safely delivering and caring for St. Tammany’s newest residents. Our technology allows the attending Ob/Gyn to have off-site access to review the progress of the patient and status of the fetus throughout labor.  The center’s top priority is providing quality maternity care that combines technical excellence and knowledge of normal childbearing, while giving special attention to fulfilling parents’ personal preferences for their child’s birth experience.


We offer an environment specially designed to make bringing your child into this world a beautiful experience.  The stunning furnishings and wood flooring make for a warm, comforting and inviting atmosphere.  All of the patient rooms are private and spacious with windows allowing in sunlight, creating a family-friendly stay.

In the New Family Center, we have controlled access to the unit allowing us to maintain our focus on infant security.  All visitors must have the patient’s first and last name and are asked to sign in.  Visitor badges are provided and are to be worn visibly for the duration of each visit.


Another way that we are able to promote an at-home, intimate environment for childbirth is our LDRP concept:  Labor, Delivery, Recovery, Postpartum.  All 19 of the patient rooms are LDRP rooms, meaning that all of these steps in the birthing process are held in the same room, with the exception of a cesarean section.  This is a great comfort for the mother and loved ones. 

The highly skilled, experienced, knowledgeable and caring staff promotes bonding by encouraging skin-to-skin mother/baby contact and rooming-in of newborns with mothers as much as possible.   There are four IBCLC certified Lactation Consultants on staff available daily to assist new moms with breastfeeding.

All patient rooms have 24/7 access to the Newborn Channel.  The Newborn Channel broadcasts baby care and postpartum programming for new parents in over 1,000 hospitals nationwide.  Patients can watch over 40 programs covering critical parenting topics such as Infant Care, New Mom Care, Breastfeeding and Car Seat Safety, among other helpful topics.

The New Family Center hosts tours the first Saturday of every month for prospective new parents, with distribution of registration packets.  Parents have multiple education opportunities in preparation for parenthood, including evening courses they may take with other prospective parents and personal preparation at the New Family Center before going home to a new life with their baby.



For our smallest patients, we have a Level III NICU consisting of a highly specialized team of neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, dietitians, social workers and others to care for these special babies and support their families.

If your child must be stay overnight, the experience will be easier in our 10-bed pediatric unit, which is staffed by pediatricians and a nurse practitioner, pediatric nurses and a full team of professionals to meet your child’s special needs.