Expectations 

Here's an overview of what to expect before, during, and after your labor and delivery.

St. Vincent's Riverside

When you choose to deliver your baby at the Family Birth Place at St. Vincent's, you'll preregister at your obstetrician's office. Then when it's time, you'll come to the Maternity Suites registration area and be checked in.

A nurse will take you to one of our beautifully decorated, home-like labor and delivery rooms. This is the same room where your doctor will deliver your baby and you'll recover from childbirth.

Of course, your baby's father or your support person is welcome to watch the special event. You and your doctor can decide how many other adults you may have in your room to share this experience with you.

Once your doctor and your newborn's pediatrician say you and your baby are doing well, you'll be taken to another room, called a postpartum room, where you'll spend the rest of your hospital stay. Dad or your support person can stay with you 24 hours a day if you wish. Each postpartum room has a sleep chair for him to relax in. While you are in postpartum, we will care for your baby in our newborn nursery.  

If your obstetrician has decided it's best to deliver your baby by cesarean section, you will come to the hospital on your scheduled delivery day. After registering in our surgery center, you'll be taken to a patient room in the Family Birth Place where you will be prepared for surgery.

Your obstetrician will delivery your baby in one of our two special operating rooms. These rooms are part of the unit, so there's no need to take you far from your room. Your baby's father or your support person is welcome to be with you for your scheduled cesarean section.

If you had a vaginal delivery, you and your baby may expect to go home in 1-2 days. If you had a typical cesarean section, you and your baby may expect to go home in 2-3 days.

St. Vincent's Southside

When you choose to deliver your baby at the Family Birth Place at St. Vincent's Southside, you'll receive your preregistration paperwork from your obstetrician's office. Simply fill it out and send it into the hospital patient registration department. Then when it's time, you'll come to the Family Birth Place. You'll enter though our private entrance and come directly to the second floor. Just beyond our beautiful waiting area is the nurse's station where a nurse will take you to a special triage room. They will begin monitoring your baby with a fetal monitor. Our central monitoring system means your baby can be monitored from computers in the nurse's station as well as all the labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum (LDRP) rooms.

From the triage room, you'll be taken to an LDRP room where you'll go through labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum care. Depending on room availability, after delivery you and your baby may be moved to another large, beautifully decorated postpartum room within the Family Birth Place. However, the same nurses will care for you and your baby.

Of course, your baby's father or your support person is welcome to watch the special event. You and your doctor can decide how many people you may have in your room to share this experience with you.

We believe in a total family approach to the birthing experience, so we encourage siblings, six years old and older, to visit. In fact, we teach a class just for them. They'll learn what to expect when their new sister or brother comes home.

If your obstetrician has decided it's best to deliver your baby by cesarean section, you will come to the Family Birth Place on your scheduled delivery day. If you have pre-registered, you'll be taken directly to an LDRP room and then to one of our operating rooms where your obstetrician will delivery your baby. These operating rooms are part of our Family Birth Place, so there's no need to take you far from your room. Your baby's father or your support person is welcome to be with you for your scheduled cesarean section.

Our HUGS infant security system assures your baby's security throughout his stay in the Family Birth Place. He'll wear a small electronic anklet. Our hospital security and nurses can monitor where your baby is at all times. While the anklet is activated, if anyone brings your baby close to an exit zone within the Family Birth Place, an alarm will go off warning the adult to step away from the door. The exits lock automatically if anyone tries to go through the door, cuts the tag, or tries to pull the tag off. The single elevator to the Family Birth Place will automatically stop working, and security and staff will respond immediately.

If you have a normal vaginal delivery, you and your baby may expect to go home in 1-2 days. If you have a typical cesarean section, you and your baby may expect to go home in 2-3 days.

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