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Whether you plan a medicated birth or not, we want you to have a positive birth experience. We have showers, birthing balls, portable monitors and free wifi for music. Position changes and movement can help your baby’s descent. Our labor room beds have various positions to help you during labor. We also have squat bars for your pushing phase.
An anesthesiologist sees everyone admitted to Labor and Delivery for a history and physical so they will know how to care for you if you want their services or if you need emergency care.
We also offer peanut balls to patients who have epidurals and can’t walk. Peanut balls have been found to decrease the length of the dilating stage of labor by 90 minutes and the pushing stage by 23 minutes. They also have been found to lower the Cesarean section rate.
If you are over 37 weeks and have no medical problems, your baby will be cleaned and dried, then placed immediately skin-to-skin and belly-to-belly with you after delivery. We call this Kangaroo Care, or skin-to-skin.
We will place a diaper and hat on your baby and cover you both with warm blankets. This is the best way to help baby regulate its temperature, respiratory rate, heart rate and even blood sugar. Babies who are skin-to-skin are very alert. They don’t cry as much. They hear mom’s heartbeat, smell mom and are comforted
in their new environment.
All of your baby’s care and your care will be done while your baby is skin-to-skin with you for the first hour. During this time, baby often moves over and latches on for the first breastfeeding. This baby-led feeding is a great way to begin breastfeeding. Your nurse will help you with this, and our Lactation
Consultant will see you soon after delivery.
Once your baby is an hour old, we will do measurements and shots, then place your baby in Kangaroo Care for a second hour of skin-to-skin, with you or with your partner.
You may have other visitors come in to see your new baby during this time, but only you or your partner can do skin-to-skin. Passing the baby around in this early time can cause baby to get cold and possibly sick. Family members may hold your baby after the first two hours.
If you have a Cesarean section, we will bring your baby to the Recovery Room for Kangaroo Care as soon as you are settled. The Lactation Consultant will help you begin breastfeeding at this time.
Birthing Center offers newborn and family photos from our Web Nursery at Our 365. These photos
can be ordered and viewed by family members online or can be purchased by
parents at the hospital. View new babies.
baby will stay with you as much as possible after delivery. This allows you to
learn early cues or signs of hunger, and how to care for your baby with our
staff to assist you. This also allows babies to eat on demand, not by the
day from 1-3 p.m., we have quiet time on our Mother and Baby Unit. We turn down
overhead lights, ask visitors to silence their cellphones and allow you to have
time with your baby and your family, or to rest without the interruption of the
have lactation consultants available during your hospital stay. Our nurses also
have extensive training and can help you be successful with breastfeeding. Our
Mommy and Me Clinic is available Monday-Friday, from 12:45-3 p.m. for help with
we know breastmilk is best, not everyone can breastfeed. You will be taught how
to safely mix formula and how to formula feed your infant. Babies still have
the same signs or cues of hunger, and should be fed by these cues and not the
clock with bottles. We will help you learn these cues and how to feed your baby
broadcast the Newborn Channel in the hospital on channel 72 in English and
channel 73 in Spanish.
Newborn Channel programs at home! www.thenewbornchannelnow.com. The password is printed on the newborn
channel guide and program checklist. You may also contact your nurse or the
average hospital stay for a vaginal delivery is 48 hours and 72 hours for a Cesarean
section. During your stay, your nurse will teach you how to care for you and
your baby. We will make sure you have follow up appointments for you and your
baby before you go home. You also must choose a name for your baby before