If you choose to deliver at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, you, your baby and family will be an integral part of our "Family-Centered Maternity Care." We foster this by focusing on the physical, social and emotional needs of your family. This means personal birth choices and an environment where bonding with your baby is easily facilitated. One way we accomplish this is through our eight labor & delivery rooms. Families are able to stay in one room until after the delivery.
We have an expert staff of registered nurses who are able to provide you with all the assistance you may need to safely delivery your baby. The majority of our staff has national certification in their specialty.
While you are in labor, our nurses will constantly interact with you and your family, providing education and support throughout the labor and delivery process. A walking “corridor,” whirlpool tub, shower and pain medication and/or epidural anesthesia are available to you for use during labor and delivery.
Following the philosophy of the Baby Friendly Organization, your baby will be placed skin to skin immediately at the delivery. With warm blankets and a hat, the baby will remain skin to skin for one hour. This facilitates bonding as your baby transitions to life outside the womb. If you are breast-feeding, the baby will be placed to breast as soon as possible after the delivery. Should you require a cesarean section, you will be moved to our surgical delivery room. Your labor nurse and obstetrician will be part of the surgical team accompanying you every step of the way. If you have spinal anesthesia, one of your labor coaches will be able to attend your delivery. In the event of the need for general anesthesia, we will keep your coaches informed of your progress while they wait in your room.
Visitors and Coaches
Our philosophy of family-centered care means you can have two to three labor coaches (support people) with you to provide comfort and encouragement during labor and delivery. In order to protect the safety, privacy and security of all our patients, visitors may enter the unit only after you have delivered.
Sibling Attendance at Delivery
With the permission of your physician or midwife, any child three years or older may be present for the vaginal delivery of his or her brother or sister. Another adult must be present at all times to care for each child’s needs. We strongly encourage preparing a young child for attendance at a delivery.
Baby Care After Delivery
After about an hour of skin-to-skin contact, the baby will be examined, weighed, footprinted and returned to you. The baby will not leave your room until you are ready to be transferred to the Mother-Baby Unit.
In labor and delivery, your nurse will assist in your first feeding right after delivery or when your baby is ready. Ongoing assistance and support is continued once you are transferred to the Mother-Baby Unit. In addition, our Breast-feeding Support Center, through its team of lactation consultants, provides support seven days a week.