You may find the actual labor and delivery quite different from what you
now expect. Generally, mothers who are prepared and have close, personal
support have a more positive experience in childbirth.
Expectant mothers are admitted to private suites known as LDRP's (labor,
delivery, recovery, post-partum rooms) which are designed to provide a
relaxing atmosphere so they can appreciate the birthing experience. Our
birthing beds adjust to various labor and delivery positions for maximum
comfort. Contemporary decor and furnishings add to the homelike environment.
Photographs and camcording by the support person after the birthing experience
are permitted in the LDRP's.
During active labor, you will be closely monitored by your coach/support
person, your labor, delivery nurse, and your doctor. If your family desires
to be close by for the birth of your baby, they may wait in a nearby visitors
lounge. After the birth of your new little miracle, they can then be the
first to see you and the new family addition. Children must be accompanied
by an adult at all times.
Many mothers plan to avoid drugs during labor and delivery; however, should
medication be desired, all forms of pain relief except general anesthesia
may be accommodated in the LDRP's, with your doctor's orders. A cesarean
delivery room is within our labor and delivery suite for emergency cesarean
births. Each LDRP has the capacity for fetal monitoring and infant stabilization.
Mobile radiant warmers are also available.
As soon as possible after your baby's birth, you will be encouraged to
touch, hold, and cuddle your baby to begin the important process of bonding.
Only two vital procedures will take priority over this: removing any mucous
from the baby's mouth and nose so it won't interfere with breathing, and
drying and covering the baby to prevent heat loss. Babies are unique individuals
from the moment of birth. Studies have shown they can see, smell, feel,
and recognize their mother's and father's voices.
A breast-feeding mother is encouraged to put her baby to breast as soon
as desired after delivery.
Erythromycin will be instilled into your baby's eyes within the first hour
after birth. This is required by the State Department of Health.
You are encouraged to walk and move as soon as you desire and feel able
to do so. You should have assistance to the bathroom the first time. Cold
packs and sitz baths will be provided to you according to your physician's orders.