Labor and Delivery / Mother Baby

Family Birth Center

Congratulations on your journey of becoming a parent. We at Saint Mary's value this very special time and want you to feel supported from now until post-delivery. As a patient of the Family Birth Center, we want to ensure your experience exceeds expectations. Use this booklet to learn more about the pregnancy and childbirth experience and how our providers help make your journey to parenthood memorable.

The Importance of Pre-Registration

To make the birthing process simpler, we recommend pre-registering. The process is easy and an appointment is not required. Simply visit our admitting desk at 235 W. Sixth Street during regular business hours to register. Please bring a photo ID, insurance card, anticipated due date, and contact information of your pediatrician (if you have selected one) when you register.

When your delivery day arrives, all you need to do is go straight to Labor and Delivery on the second floor of the main hospital. Once on the floor, use the telephone to alert our staff that you have arrived and they will check you in to a room. No other registration is required at this time.

What to Expect When Delivering at Saint Mary's

Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in a woman's life and we are proud you have chosen Saint Mary's, as your place of delivery. From the moment you walk in to the Labor and Delivery unit, you will feel at home. Our team of nurses will guide you through the process and ensure you are comfortable and supported during your labor experience. After your new baby arrives, you will be assigned a post-partum room where our team of nurses, lactation consultants, and your pediatrician will visit you throughout your stay. We understand there will be many new faces you will meet and encourage you and your family to ask questions by simply pressing your nurse call light. Our goal is to support the health and wellness of you and your new baby.

Mother Baby

You will settle into a private room on the postpartum (Mother Baby) unit, where our team of caring, compassionate, and experienced nurses will couplet care. Your baby will stay in your room to promote bonding and support breastfeeding, and will have his/her own bassinet stocked with all the essential supplies needed to care for your baby during your stay.

Your room will include TV/DVD player, private shower, sleeping accommodations for your significant other/support person, refrigerator if needed, upon request.

Lactation Services

We have a very dedicated and passionate team of internationally board-certified lactation consultants. While breastfeeding is natural, it can be challenging in the beginning. Our lactation consultants are here to provide you and your baby personalized assistance and information to be successful in learning this new skill. You will receive at least one visit, or more if needed, from one of our lactation consultants during your stay.

Our lactation consultants are also available after you go home. We encourage you to call if you are having any breastfeeding issues once you get home. If it’s more than a question and you’re in need of some hands-on assistance, we will be happy to schedule a time for you to come in to see one of our lactation consultants. We also provide a weekly support group for moms to come ask questions, talk to other moms, weigh your baby and get some breastfeeding assistance if needed.

Wireless Fetal Monitoring (Monica Novii)

Only offered at Saint Mary’s, the Monica Noviipatch system is a wearable cordless, beltless fetal monitor. It gives you the freedom of comfort, while keeping your mind at ease with the capability to monitor your baby remotely.

  • No belts or cords
  • Freedom for natural birthing positions
  • No constant adjustment-allowing women to sleep, walk, use a birthing ball, or squat bar
  • Can be used in shower or tub

Oversized Tubs

Only offered at Saint Mary’s, our oversized tubs offer the use of warm water as a comfort measure during labor.

  • Decreases stress hormone, which decreases pain
  • Increases the body’s production of natural pain relievers (endorphins)
  • Increases relaxation between contractions by easing involuntary muscle tension

Pain Relief

Our nurses will coach you to help manage your pain. If desired, you will have access to pain medication and the option of an epidural from our anesthesiologist who is onsite 24-hours a day.

Operating Rooms

Two operating rooms conveniently located in Labor and Delivery.

Golden Hour of Bonding

Once your baby is born, we are committed to support your continued transition to parenthood. Whether you have had a vaginal delivery or cesarean section, your nurse will assist and support you in embracing the “golden hour”. The “golden hour” is bonding time with mom and baby during the first 60 minutes of life. Research shows the first hour of life spent skin to skin maximizes the lifelong bonding experience.

Patient Support Services

Each month, we offer several ongoing educational classes, forums and presentations on a variety of women's health topics. These presentations are designed to inform and educate women about the unique health issues they face. All women are welcome.

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