Labor & Delivery
We are committed to providing you with a birthing experience that is as natural and comfortable as possible. We welcome and encourage your partner or support person to be with you through the entire birthing process.
Private and Comfortable Birthing Rooms
You will have a private room for your labor and delivery. Each room is furnished with a bassinet for your baby and an extra bed so your partner, labor coach or another loved one may sleep over.
After your baby is born, you will both be moved to a private room in the Women’s and Children’s Unit for postpartum care. While moms and babies are encouraged to room together, a nursery is available should your baby require special care.
A fetal monitor is used during labor to carefully monitor your baby. If you don’t have an epidural catheter in place, you are welcome to use a labor tub and shower to help you relax. Nurses provide help with therapies like meditation, guided imagery and gentle stretching with or without labor balls. You can also bring aromatherapy reeds or oils, though candles are not permitted. The in-hospital C.A.R.E. television channel provides 24/7 music, images and spoken affirmations designed to soothe and help reduce pain and stress.
If medication or anesthesia is needed, you will be cared for by a board-certified anesthesiologist. Your options include:
- Epidural. A catheter is placed at the base of your spine and a local anesthesia is injected to block nerve impulses and sensations in the lower part of your body. You will also receive intravenous fluids.
- Nubain. A medication is delivered intravenously that helps you relax and reduces pain.
- Local anesthesia. A small dose of anesthesia is injected to help numb the region between the vagina and the rectum to decrease your delivery pain or pain association with an episiotomy (a small, quick incision made only if needed to prevent your skin from tearing during delivery). Perineal massage and lubricant are used to help prevent the need for an episiotomy.
Cesarean Section (C-section)
If you have planned to deliver your baby via cesarean section or an emergency C-section becomes necessary to safely deliver your baby, the procedure will be performed in a hospital operating room under regional anesthesia. The average C-section takes less than an hour, and, in most cases, your partner, support person or birthing coach may be present during the procedure.