Mothers deliver their babies in large, light-filled private birthing rooms in the Labor/Delivery/Recovery Unit, which is on the third floor of the North Patient Tower. The rooms were designed with the mother's care and comfort in mind, with a flat-screen TV, floor-to-ceiling windows and fixtures that are more like a hotel than a hospital. Each room has a fold-out bed for family members and a European-style bath accented with glass tile.
If a Cesarean section (C-section) is planned, or in case of emergency, there are Cesarean section delivery rooms right down the hall and an infant stabilization room to provide care for babies who are premature or experiencing medical problems. A special, dedicated elevator that runs only between the Labor, Delivery & Recovery Unit and our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) allows NICU staff members quick access to the unit so that they can care for, stabilize and quickly transport babies who need extra care up to the NICU.
The father or a designated support person is welcome during the delivery. If you would like more than one person to be present in the delivery room, please have your OB/GYN approve your request in advance.
Once you have recovered from delivering your baby, you will be moved to the Mother/Baby Unit, which is closer to the nursery. For continuity of care, you and your newborn are cared for by the same nurses throughout your stay.
As your due date approaches, your body naturally begins to prepare itself to give birth. This process may cause feelings or symptoms that are so new and different that you wonder if you are in labor. Our Obstetrical Triage Unit serves as an emergency department for pregnant women who are experiencing a change in condition or problems related to diabetes, high blood pressure or a medical emergency. It is important to seek medical attention if:
• You feel premature labor pains.
• Your water breaks.
• You have vaginal bleeding.
• You are concerned about yourself.
• You are concerned about your baby's activity.
• Your contractions are regular and at least 5 minutes apart.
To be evaluated, go to the Cabell Huntington Hospital Emergency Department and report your symptoms. The physician specialists and staff of the Obstetrical Triage Unit will assess your condition and determine what the next course of action will be.