The day your baby is born will be one of the most important and memorable days of your life, so what’s important to you is important to us. Creating a personalized birth plan ahead of time helps us ensure everything goes smoothly.
Your Birth Plan
All of the following services are available to you during your time with us. Please review them and consider if and how you would like to include them in your personalized Birth Plan.
You can download our Birth Plan form to track your preferences. We ask that you discuss the plan with your primary care provider and Nurse Navigator before arriving at the hospital.
Our birth center is specially designed to allow you to walk during labor, as walking is a natural way to help your baby move down the birth canal. We’ll also do our best to accommodate any other wishes you may have, including:
- standard tub room
- shower chairs
- birthing balls
- peanut balls
- rocking chairs
- birthing stools
All of these options can be arranged through your health provider. You may also request to bring your own, new labor tub for your private room. This must be arranged in advance with the Nurse Navigator.
For safety reasons, your stomach must be empty of solid food, in case a Cesarean birth is necessary. However, the following options are available to prevent dehydration, help with discomfort, and boost your energy:
- ice chips
- sips of clear fluids
- a new high-carbohydrate drink, specially made for women in labor
After you arrive at the hospital and settle in, we will monitor your baby’s heartbeat for 20-30 minutes, and then intermittently every 15-30 minutes after that, as your condition allows.
For an extra level of comfort and freedom, we use special equipment that allows you to walk around the birth center while still being monitored. Internal fetal monitoring is not used unless you or your baby needs closer tracking.
Our experienced team will support you with comfort measures, such as:
- breathing techniques
- position changes
If pain medication becomes necessary, and you wish to use it, Nitrous Oxide or narcotic pain relievers (most commonly Stadol) are available. We also have 24-hour in-house anesthesia capabilities for patients who need an epidural.
During the pushing stage of labor, we recommend frequent position changes to keep you as comfortable as possible. These can include:
- side lying
- lying with your legs supported
Our birthing beds have many features, including:
- squatting bar attachments
- adjustable positions to aid in pushing
- optional mirrors, if you’d like to watch your baby’s head when it crowns.
We do not routinely perform an episiotomy (an incision in the perineum), unless you request it or the birth process needs to be sped up for your baby’s safety. Our team will use perineal massages and warm soaks, and we will encourage controlled pushing to reduce the chance of an episiotomy.
If an episiotomy becomes necessary, we’ll use ice packs, Witch Hazel pads and Sitz baths to ease any discomfort.
Prenatal Classes & Education
Whether this is your first child - or your fourth - you can never be too prepared for childbirth! Our wide range of classes and events for moms and families will help you be as confident and comfortable as possible leading up to the big day.