Types of Deliveries
Women in labor go first to Woman’s Assessment Center to be admitted into the hospital. Scheduled induction and scheduled c-section patients may report to Admitting through the Hospital Main Entrance, with nearby parking in lots B and C.
For a vaginal delivery, you will be admitted to a birth suite on the Labor, Delivery, and Recovery (LDR) unit where preparation for your delivery will begin. You will be asked to dress in a hospital gown and get into bed.
Your nurse will place monitors on your stomach to check you and your baby. She will ask questions about your medical history, explain procedures, and have you fill out a consent form.
While in labor, you will have a nurse with you. She will keep your doctor informed of your progress and will check on you frequently. If you wish to receive an epidural, a doctor or nurse from the Anesthesia Department will come to administer it.
While in labor, you can have clear liquids. Examples of clear liquids are: water, apple juice, cranberry juice, grape juice, Jell-O, and popsicles.
You will be able to hold your baby as soon as possible after delivery. As long as the baby is not having any problems, the two of you will stay in the birth suite after delivery while you both recover. This recovery time offers a chance to put your baby to the breast for the first feeding. Your baby will either stay under an infant warmer or skin-to-skin with you under a warm blanket until her body temperature is stable.
A nursery nurse will assess your baby by:
- Obtaining weight, length, and head size
- Giving a vitamin K injection to help blood-clotting mechanisms to remain normal
- Place an antibiotic ointment in your baby’s eyes
- Check blood sugar by doing a heel stick
Your baby might then be bathed. After a short recovery period from birth, the two of you will be transferred to a mother-baby room.
Babies who have problems adjusting may be transferred to the transition nursery or to the Newborn and Infant Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The NICU is designed and equipped for sick or premature infants who need constant medical and nursing care, or to be closely watched.
Look to your mother-baby nurse to answer any questions and help with any emotional needs.
If you are scheduled for a cesarean delivery you will first be admitted to a birth suite where preparation will begin. After the nurse completes her assessment of you and your baby, your stomach will be washed with an antibacterial solution and you can expect a shave prep to be performed by a nursing assistant. She will shave the area just below the belly button to the pubic area.
Also, either a doctor or a nurse from the Anesthesia Department will visit you to talk about your anesthesia options. Cesarean births are usually done with an epidural, therefore you may be awake and alert when your baby is born.
If you are having an epidural, you will be moved to the operating suite about 30 minutes before your delivery time. After you receive your epidural, your nurse will place a catheter (a thin flexible tube) into your bladder to keep it empty.
Unscheduled Cesarean Birth
If your labor does not progress as it should and your doctor determines you need a cesarean delivery, you will be moved to the operating suite located on the same floor as labor and delivery.
Cesarean births are usually done with an epidural, therefore you may be awake and alert when your baby is born. However, in emergency situations, general anesthesia may be needed, therefore you will be asleep.
Both Scheduled and Unscheduled Cesarean Birth
Your stomach will be washed with an antibacterial solution. Sterile drapes will be placed over your body so that your stomach is the only area exposed. Your doctor and other members of the delivery team will be in the room with you.
An anesthesia nurse will be seated at the head of your bed to keep you comfortable and answer questions during delivery. Your support person will also be seated at the head of the bed.
A large obstetric post-op area allows moms and babies to remain together immediately following C-sections.