Labor and Delivery
Rutland Regional Medical Center staff are committed to providing expectant mothers and their families with a birthing experience that’s as natural and comfortable as possible. The presence of a significant person for support or to serve as a labor coach is encouraged.
Private, home-like birthing rooms allow women to labor and deliver in the same room. Each room is furnished with a bassinet for baby and an extra bed so dad, the labor coach or another loved one may sleep over. Women deliver in the Birthing Center and are transferred to the Women’s & Children’s unit for postpartum care.
During labor, a fetal monitor is used to carefully monitor the baby. Several methods are used to relieve pain and, when needed, help the labor progress, with the obstetrician and nurses working with the woman to determine the best options.
A labor tub and showers are available to help relax women who do not have an epidural catheter in place. Nurses provide assistance with complementary therapies like meditation, guided imagery and gentle stretching with or without labor balls. Women can also bring aromatherapy reeds or oils, though candles are not permitted. The in-hospital C.A.R.E. television channel also provides 24/7 music, images and spoken affirmations designed to soothe and help reduce pain and stress.
When medication or anesthesia are needed, a board-certified anesthesiologist becomes part of the woman's multidisciplinary care team, providing options that include:
- Epidural. After a catheter is placed at the base of the spine, a local anesthesia is injected to block nerve impulses and sensations in the lower part of the body. Women receiving an epidural also need to receive IV fluids.
- Nubain. A medication delivered intravenously that helps the mother relax and generally decreases pain.
- Local Anesthesia. A small dose of anesthesia is injected to help numb the region between the vagina and the rectum to decrease delivery pain or pain association with episiotomy – an small, quick incision made to prevents the mother’s skin from tearing during delivery. Perineal massage and lubricant are used to help prevent episiotomy, which is only performed when needed.
Cesarean or C-section
Woman who need a planned or emergency cesarean receive the safe, comprehensive care needed to safely deliver a healthy baby. Performed in a hospital operating room under regional anesthesia, the average C-section takes less than an hour. In most cases, the woman's support person or birthing coach may be present during procedure.