Birth is a special event – and your child's birthday is no ordinary day for either of you.
Being pregnant and giving birth to a child is an amazing time in a woman's life. After months of waiting for your baby to arrive – and when labor finally begins – the anticipation of holding your baby in your arms can be one of the most joyous emotions you'll ever experience.
At St.Vincent Women's Hospital, our Labor and Delivery services are designed to help you enjoy the best birth experience possible in a comfortable, healing environment where our focus is on caring for your mind, body and spirit.
Your Unique Birth Experience
Because the birth of your baby is a uniquely personal event in your life, our Labor and Delivery services provide you with options to help make your birth experience truly one-of-a kind. We call it Monogram Maternity because it's personalized for you, your family and your baby. When you meet with your Monogram Maternity Nurse Navigator you will discuss your personalized plan of care for your baby's birth, including pain management options. You will also discuss comfort measures and other elements important for creating the right birthing environment for you and your baby. Our labor support options include:
A birthing ball is simply an exercise ball that enhances movement during pregnancy, birth and post partum. The ball keeps mom in an upright/forward leaning position promoting the descent of the baby, while facilitating movement and rocking while in labor. All of our Labor Rooms are equipped with standard-sized birthing balls.
Clinical Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes. Essential oils (not "fragrances" or perfumes) are pure natural plant extracts that have been found to provide both physical and psychological benefits. Essential oils can provide relief from nausea, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, stress, muscle/joint pain, fatigue and sinus congestion. The Labor and Delivery nursing staff at St.Vincent Women's Hospital have received training in the use of Lavender, Bergamot, Ginger, Tea Tree, Mandarin and Peppermint for use with our patients.
Many of our moms ask, "Do I have to stay in bed during labor?" The answer is "no!" In fact, moving and changing positions during labor not only provide physical comfort, but they can also speed up labor by adding the benefits of gravity and changing the shape of the pelvis to assist in the descent of the baby. We offer wireless monitoring (should conditions allow) to trace the baby's heart rate and mom's contractions, allowing for the freedom of movement during labor while you are staying with us.
Water is an effective tool during labor that provides both physical and psychological stress/pain relief. At St.Vincent Women's Hospital we offer both labor tubs and showers for your comfort.
At St.Vincent Women's Hospital, we employ a variety of labor support techniques to support you during the labor and delivery experience. Techniques include:
- Counter pressure: Used to relieve back pain and aid in rotating the baby.
- Breathing Techniques for Relaxation: Similar to other comfort measures, rhythmic breathing can enhance relaxation and relieve pain. Through practice, experimentation and adaptation, you and Dad/Care Partner will find the best way for you to use breathing as a relaxation tool.
- Hot and cold compresses: The use of heat and cold, although simple, is effective in the reduction of stress and pain. While heat provides relaxation, cold leads to a decrease in swelling.
- Repositioning to enhance labor and comfort.
St.Vincent Women's Hospital offers Skylight TV, a comprehensive television, education and viewing resource that provides music and pleasing scenery to help in relaxation. Scripted scenarios can guide your imagination to thoughts and places of rest and repose.
Massage can relieve pain and anxiety during labor. Moms and Dads/Care Partners will receive information regarding light hand and foot massage when admitted to Labor and Delivery. Your nurse will also be on-hand to answer any questions and/or to provide instruction and support.
The squatting position is an "age old" position for birth and pushing. Many cultures actually use squatting as a position for rest. Squatting can increase the size of the pelvis allowing an easier descent of the baby during the pushing phase of labor. Squatting bars are available and can be easily attached to the beds on the Labor and Delivery Unit.
Our team approach helps make your labor and delivery experience all that you envisioned. We use the expertise of OB/GYNs, Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists, neonatologists, nurses, lactation consultants and other health care professionals to ensure that you and your baby receive the personal care that you deserve. Our highly trained staff and state-of-the-art facilities help us deliver the highest level of care to you and your baby. In fact, health care professionals throughout the state recognize us as a leading provider of maternity services.
When you arrive at St.Vincent Women's Hospital – whether you are in labor, scheduled for an induction, or planning to have a cesarean birth – you will check in at Guest Services, then will be escorted to our Labor and Delivery department located on the second floor. Upon arrival, our Triage Unit staff will address your health care needs. When you are admitted to Labor and Delivery, our nurses will make you comfortable in one of our private suites that include upgraded amenities such as flat screen TVs, wireless Internet access, comfortable recliners, and 24-hour room service. Following the birth of your baby and initial recovery, you and your baby will transition into one of our private Family Care Unit rooms where you will enjoy couplet care – your nurse will care for both you and your baby – during your stay.
At St.Vincent Women's Hospital, we are prepared to be your hospital of choice during this special time. Let us partner with you as you begin your journey into parenthood.
This is the birth of your baby. We make it happen your way.