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.
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.
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.