While the health of mother and baby is always paramount, Woman’s believes that each woman has the right to play an active role in how she gives birth.
Each baby is brand new, vastly different from any other person who's been or ever will be. Each labor, too, is its own, unique event. Now, more than ever before, mothers can choose how they experience labor.
From a nursing staff that's been well-trained in birthing methods and pain management techniques, to suites that make a laboring woman feel more comfortable, to a broad range of classes and support networks, Woman's is a place where mothers-to-be can confidently explore and plan how they would like to have their children.
Learn about Labor
Learning more about what actually happens during a birth helps mothers decide, for themselves, how they would like to experience the birth of their child. Woman’s labor support classes are recommended for all pregnant patients. Register online now for Special Delivery and Labor of Love.
Make a Birth Plan
Armed with enough facts, a woman can discuss her hopes with her physician to make sure there’s agreement on how labor might take place. Some women may know that they’d prefer to have epidural anesthesia, while others would like to experience labor without medication. At Woman’s, each individual choice is honored and supported.
Talk with your doctor about your labor preferences before your due date. Woman’s Labor Preferences Worksheet [pdf] can help you have a plan ready for your delivery.
Woman's also offers expectant mothers the option of meeting with a certified childbirth educator to review their birth plan and answer any questions that they might have prior to their big day. To schedule this appointment, please call 225-924-8530 or email us.
Hire a Doula
Many women who have their babies at Woman’s choose to hire a doula, to act as a support person while they are in labor and giving birth. A doula is a nonmedical childbirth expert whose job is to offer support, encouragement and information to women who are going through labor. A doula “mothers the mother” and gives her emotional support while she labors.
Whatever dreams a woman has for her labor, it’s critical that she remembers she needs to be flexible. The unexpected could arise and plans might have to change, so that mother and baby are safe and healthy. A change in what a woman had hoped to experience in no way means that she has failed or is inadequate.