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Labor and Delivery

So, this is it. Your big day is here.  In your “go” bag you’ve packed everything you need for yourself and your new baby, including your registration forms, toiletries, robe, breastfeeding bra and breast cream. When you first suspect you have gone into labor, please call your care provider before you leave home to let him or her know how your labor is progressing. When you arrive at the hospital, you should come directly to the front lobby from 7am-11pm or to the Emergency Department entrance between 11pm and 7am. If you arrive for a scheduled C-section, you will check in at the Admissions desk in the front lobby of the main hospital building.

When you arrive, register and are settled into one of our 12 well-appointed, attractive birthing rooms, you will meet our specially trained obstetrical nurses who will be with you and your labor coach every step of the way. Each of our new, secure labor and delivery rooms has a private bathroom, complete with a shower and hairdryer, television, CD player and comfortable seating area.  You will stay here to labor, deliver and bond with your new baby during the initial period of recovery, up to ninety minutes after the delivery. Anesthesiologists will be standing by in case you need anesthesia.

Visitor Information for Labor and Delivery
Who you choose to have present during the birthing process is your personal choice. In addition to your labor coach, we can usually accommodate up to three visitors. Children can stay, but they must have their own adult support person with them at all times and they are counted in the total number of visitors allowed. Should you require a Cesarean Section you may have one support person with you for both the delivery and recovery.
 

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