Having Your Baby - Labor & Delivery

St. Mary's labor and delivery area is designed to provide a comfortable, relaxed environment for your birth. Women can labor in their private rooms, each outfitted with a hot tub and state-of-the-art equipment. The staff will work with your obstetrician or midwife to support your optimal birth experience.

Obstetricians specialize in the care of women during pregnancy, childbirth and the recovery period following birth (postpartum). They can perform Cesarean Sections.

Certified Nurse Midwives are nurses with advanced training in midwifery. They provide clinical care for pregnant women, attend births, and provide postpartum and well-woman care. They work collaboratively with obstetricians who are available for consultation and referral if necessary.

Mother-Baby Unit

After your recovery period in Labor & Delivery, you and your baby will be moved to the Mother-Baby Unit.  If you are a healthy mom and your baby is healthy, we will be able to provide you with couplet care. Couplet care is a more family oriented style care where new moms and their babies not only room together; they are cared for as a family unit by the same nurse.  With mom, baby and nurse working as a team throughout the hospital stay, there is more ongoing, one-on-one education and continuous communication.  New parents learn more easily and gain confidence when they can ask questions as they get to know their newborn in the hospital.  The St. Mary's well-baby nursery is close at hand when needed.

Because safety is our primary concern, an ID band will be placed on your baby immediately after birth. Mom and dad, or another adult selected by Mom, will wear identical bands. Your baby will be given only to the adults whose bands match the baby's.

OB/GYN Hospitalists

OB/GYN hospitalists are always here 

If your own doctor or midwife is unavailable or is delayed in reaching the hospital, St. Mary’s OB/GYN hospitalists will perform a complete evaluation when you arrive, monitor the progress of your labor, answer your questions, even deliver your baby. The hospitalist taking care of you will have access to your medical records, will be in communication with your physician, and will provide a complete treatment report so your continued care is thorough and consistent. St. Mary’s goal is to be sure you have a safe delivery and that you and your baby receive the best possible care even if your doctor or midwife can’t be here.  

Specialist in hospital care 

Hospitalists work only in the hospital and do not see patients in a private practice office. Because they are based in the hospital, hospitalists have direct access to all hospital services you may need. They continually communicate with other professionals who are important to your care—nursing staff, discharge planners, patient educators, social workers, your doctor and medical and surgical consultants. 

OB/GYN hospitalists’ special training includes: 

  • Emergency care 
  • A variety of delivery techniques
  • Knowledge of the hospital’s organization and services
  • Knowledge and connections to care you may need after leaving the hospital, such as skilled nursing, home health care, and specialized rehabilitation

St. Mary’s OB/GYN hospitalist care is provided in partnership with Ob Hospitalist Group, healthcare’s largest OB/GYN hospitalist provider. St. Mary’s OB/GYN hospitalists are board certified in obstetrics, meaning they have demonstrated exceptional expertise in caring for women in pregnancy, through delivery, and after childbirth, including care of newborns.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Babies born with special needs are cared for by an experienced professional team in our neonatal intensive care unit. This highly trained team includes neonatologists, pediatricians, neonatal nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and special therapists. Although the intensive care unit provides advanced medical care with the latest technology, the family is still a very important part of the baby's care. Parents are encouraged to visit any time. More information about St. Mary's Level IIIB Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Mother-Baby Transport Team

Should you or your baby need to be transported to St. Mary's or to another hospital, our Perinatal Transport Team is specially trained in moving and caring for moms and babies. Put together to address each situation, teams are led by nurses or nurse practitioners experienced in high-risk pregnancy and infant intensive care. Specialist physicians, obstetricians and neonatologists, supervise every transport through close telephone or radio contact.

Tour Labor

Labor & Delivery and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are located on the sixth floor in the Monument Zone. Labor & Delivery has 12 large labor rooms with jetted tubs, two triage rooms, cesarian section procedure and recovery rooms are just steps away if needed, and a family lounge and waiting area. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has 24 large rooms that are family focused with privacy to promote bonding, four isolation intensive care rooms, two mother-and-baby "room-in" suites, and state-of-the-art monitoring equipment.

Labor room

Bathroom with deep, jetted tub

Triage Room

Neonatal Intensive Care room

Tour Baby Unit

The Mother-Baby Unit and Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN) is located on the seventh floor. After a recovery period in Labor & Delivery on the sixth floor, mothers and babies move to the Mother-Baby Unit on the seventh floor for the remainder of their stay. Healthy moms and babies stay together in large private rooms with space for visitors. The family-focused unit includes nearby lounge and waiting area with television and snack vending machines. New-mom education and support programs are also on this floor.

Patient room