During delivery

You are encouraged to eat in early labor. When you reach active labor, we encourage you to drink clear fluids and eat ice chips.

When you are admitted in labor, we may place an IV in your arm or hand. This IV will be used during labor and delivery to give any medications your provider has prescribed, and provides critical access in the event of an emergency.

Pain medications in the form of narcotics or an epidural are available to you at your request.

Unless you are having a scheduled cesarean birth, our goal is that you have a vaginal delivery. We do have an operating room located in our department so that we can quickly and safely deliver your baby if a cesarean birth is necessary.

After a vaginal delivery
You can expect to be in the hospital for at least 24 hours after a vaginal delivery.

If there are no medical emergencies, your baby will be placed skin-to-skin on your chest. If you choose to breastfeed, we will help you with your baby’s first feeding and ensure that your newborn has a good latch. Breastfeeding also releases hormones which help control bleeding after birth.

The first hour following birth is an important bonding time for a mother and her newborn. Routine newborn procedures can be delayed to give uninterrupted contact during this time.

In order to minimize maternal bleeding after delivery, the nurse will give the synthetic form of the hormone oxytocin, called Pitocin, through your IV. This helps the uterus tighten to reduce bleeding. Your baby will remain in the room with you during your stay.

After delivery, we will ask you about your pain levels. If you need something to help manage your pain, don’t hesitate to ask.

After a cesarean (c-section) delivery
You can expect to be in the hospital for at least 48 hours after a cesarean delivery.

After delivery, your baby will be examined and if doing well will be brought to you and your support person. If there are no medical emergencies, skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding will be initiated in the operating room. In some cases your newborn will be taken to the nursery while you are in recovery. Your support person goes with the baby to the nursery.

If you are taken to the recovery room alone, our goal is to have your baby in your arms within 15-30 minutes. If your recovery takes longer, we will get your baby to you as soon as possible.

You might not be able to eat or drink right after delivery. Usually you start with clear liquids.

After delivery, we will ask you about your pain levels. If you need something to help manage your pain, don’t hesitate to ask.