Shirley Palmer Family Birth Center – Johnson City Medical Center

About the Shirley Palmer Family Birth Center

When you come to the Shirley Palmer Family Birth Center at Johnson City Medical Center – whether for a natural birth or a high-risk delivery – you’ll find a team of experts committed to ensuring you and your family receive the very best birth experience possible.

In our family-centered environment, babies stay close to Mom throughout their stay.

Private birthing rooms

Our private suites are equipped with the latest in technology, as well as a soothing, comfortable environment.

Your birth plan

Our care team works with you to implement your personal birth plan, doing our very best to ensure that your birth experience is everything you hope it will be.

Level III NICU access

If your little one needs some additional care during the first few days or weeks of life, our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is upstairs in the adjoining Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

High-risk pregnancies

Along with ETSU OB/GYN physicians and Niswonger Children’s, we offer a comprehensive set of services for high-risk deliveries.

Birthing services

The Shirley Palmer Family Birth Center in Johnson City offers:

  • High-risk delivery services
  • Spacious and soothing labor and delivery suites
  • A private family waiting room
  • Mother-baby suites for after delivery, with family sleeping space and large bathrooms
  • A Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for babies requiring a higher level of care
  • Birth plan support
  • Breastfeeding support

Fertility services

In-vitro fertilization

Johnson City Medical Center is honored to host Quillen Fertility and Women’s Services. It is the only fertility clinic serving the Tri-Cities and northeast Tennessee region. And it’s one of the least expensive fertility service clinics in the Southeast.

The fertility clinic offers:

  • Donor eggs
  • Donor embryos
  • In-vitro fertilization (IVF)
  • Intrauterine insemination
  • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
  • Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)

Organ-sparing treatment

Fertility specialist Dr. Mark Ransom and staff also provide comprehensive organ-sparing treatment for infertility.

These services include operative laparoscopic and operative hysteroscopy, such as hysteroscopic myomectomy and resection of septums.

Society of Assisted Reproductive Technologies

The Society of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART) website posts a 50% success rate during 2010 and 2011 at the clinic for women under 35.

All staff doctors are members of SART.

Learn more about fertility services

For more information on the fertility and other services of Quillen Fertility and Women’s Services, go to or call (423) 439-7246.

Strong Starts program for families

Ballad Health’s Strong Starts program connects parents and caregivers with essential resources and services for children up to the age of five. We can connect you with childcare services, food assistance, housing insecurity resources and government assistance programs. We also offer classes for new parents, including prenatal, lactation and family classes. For more information or to sign up online, read about our Strong Starts program here

Contact the birthing center

To learn more about the Shirley Palmer Family Birth Center at Johnson City Medical Center, call (423) 431-6437.