Labor & Delivery and Family Care Partner
At St.Vincent Women’s Hospital, we recognize how important friends and family are to the healing process.
That’s why we offer the Care Partners Program developed by Planetree – an internationally recognized leader
in patient-centered care.
The Care Partner Program allows each patient to choose a family member or friend to be closely involved with his
or her healthcare experience. It may be a spouse, a significant other, a family member or a friend. As a Care Partner,
that individual lends support during the healing process, even staying overnight with the patient if needed.
The Care Partner Program is just another way we’re creating an empowering healing environment at
St.Vincent Women’s Hospital, where every patient is supported and nurtured in body, mind and spirit.
Being a Care Partner: The Basics
Being a Care Partner can be a challenging yet immensely rewarding experience. The following are just a
few ways you can make a positive impact on the healing process for the patient in your care.
In the Labor & Delivery Unit
- Praise, reassure and encourage the patient to help reduce anxiety
- Encourage breathing and relaxation techniques
- Give back, hand and foot massages
- Offer assistance with getting into or out of the tub or shower
- Reposition pillows
- Keep a calm and relaxing atmosphere by monitoring visitors
- Aid with walking in hallway and helping the patient change position in bed
- Obtain fresh ice chips
- Keep bedside items within easy reach
- Ask for further explanations of medical procedures so that you and the patient can make informed decisions
- Verbalize desires and share concerns
In the Family Care Unit
- Listen and ask questions, and share concerns
- Obtain fresh ice water
- Keep items within easy reach such as call light, phone, tissues, etc.
- Keep bedside table clutter-free
- Give hand and foot massages and other comfort measures
- Help order meals within physician’s orders
- Assist with restroom and showering needs, and walking in the halls
- Be an active participant by helping with diaper and clothing changes, using comfort and soothing techniques, and keeping the feeding record updated
- Monitor visitors, and promote mother’s rest