|Where is the birth center?
Park in the lot closest to the hospital. Once you enter, we are located on the second floor of Lakeview Hospital. The unit is locked, so please use the intercom outside the entrance to notify the staff of your arrival.
What will happen when I arrive at the birth center?
The staff will greet you at the door and show you to a labor room for evaluation. It is helpful if you have your photo ID and insurance information with you. The staff will ask you, your due date, your doctor's name and the reason for you coming to the hospital. Your evaluation will include questions from the staff about your pregnancy and medical history and will involve monitoring your vital signs and your baby. Additional evaluation may include cervical examination, laboratory studies, placement of an IV, or other procedures.
What should I bring to the hospital for myself when I come in for labor and delivery?
You are welcome to bring any items from home that will make your stay more comfortable, including music, blankets, pillows, etc. After your baby is born, you may be able to change into your own clothes during your hospital stay. You will also want to bring your own toiletries and a set of clothing for your trip back home.
What should I bring to the hospital for my baby?
We provide diapers, wipes, sleep sacks, blankets, shirts, and hats for babies. We also have supplies for bathing your baby. You are welcome to bring any clothes you would like your baby to wear in the hospital. Prior to going home with your baby you will need a set of clothes for him or her to wear home and the car seat for your baby.
Will my doctor be there for delivery?
We have several providers as part of the physician and midwife team. During scheduled clinic hours your regular provider will be called when you arrive. After scheduled clinic hours and on weekends, the on-call provider will be called when you arrive.
What are my options for pain control during labor?
Some women choose breathing techniques, use of the birthing ball, walking, aromatherapy, soaking in the tub, or other non-medical methods for pain control. Some women may choose IV pain medication. Some women may choose regional anesthesia such as an epidural. We provide all of these options.
Where will my baby be after it is born?
We encourage babies to stay in the room with their parents as much as possible. You will be encouraged to have your baby skin to skin and to feed within the first 1-2 hours after delivery. Your baby can sleep in the bassinet provided by the hospital in your room. In some cases babies need closer monitoring which may require them to stay in the nursery. Your baby will have a security tag that will limit where the baby can go in the hospital.
What can my visitors expect when they come to the hospital?
The entrance to the birth center is locked, so all visitors need to use the intercom to gain access. They should identify you as the patient and ask for the room in which you are staying. We encourage patients to have a limited number of support people present during delivery, usually 1-3 people with you. We also encourage you to limit the number of visitors at any given time so that you and your baby can rest. The birth center does have a scheduled "quiet time" from 2:00-4:00 PM each day. Families can see your baby in your room. Only people with the baby's ID bracelet, usually one for each parent, are allowed in the nursery.
What are the hospital rooms like?
Each of the labor and delivery rooms is private with a private bathroom that includes a bathtub. If you have a vaginal delivery, you usually will stay in the same room for your entire labor, delivery, and postpartum stay. If you have a scheduled C-section, you will be admitted to the same room you will stay in for the rest of your time at the hospital. If you have an unscheduled C-section during labor, you will change rooms after delivery. The post-surgery rooms are all private with private bathrooms without a bathtub. The labor rooms have computers for monitoring your baby. All rooms have computers for our electronic medical record system. The hospital does have wireless Internet and cable TV service in the patient rooms as well.
How long will I be in the hospital after my baby is born?
After a vaginal delivery most women stay two nights. After a C-section, most women stay 3-4 nights after the baby is born. On the day of discharge you will be given instructions for home. Most people leave the hospital by late morning or early afternoon. Our discharge time is 1:00 pm.
What else will happen during my hospital stay?
During your stay you will receive help with learning how to care for your baby and yourself at home. Topics that will be addressed include feeding your baby, safety for your baby, bathing your baby, and others. You will learn about normal postpartum care for yourself. You will complete your baby's birth certificate information and receive information about how to obtain your baby's birth certificate from the county and Social Security Number.
What else can I expect?
The birth center also has patients that have not delivered babies, but it includes only female patients. You may see some patients who are there for medical or surgical reasons. We do have some light food on the floor for you and your partner to use during your stay. You will receive your meals from the hospital food service, but your support people will need to provide their own meals or order a guest tray for $5.00.
What will happen if I have a scheduled C-section?
You will plan to arrive about 2-2 1/2 hours before your scheduled surgery. You will need to have your blood drawn at the hospital the day before your surgery, and your doctor will order that testing. When you arrive, you will review your history with our nurses. You will have an IV placed and your baby will be monitored. You will meet with the operating room and anesthesia staff and sign consent for your surgery. Most of our C-sections are now being performed in the operating room on the birth center, so you will walk to the operating room. One support person can come to the operating room with you, and your baby will be evaluated in the operating room after it is born. After your baby is born, he or she will likely go to the nursery for weights and measurements, and then will meet you in your room after surgery. Your family can visit you about one hour after your surgery is finished, but you and your support person and your baby will be together during that time. Skin to skin contact and bonding is important. We refer to it as the "golden hour."