Labor and Delivery - Your Birth Experience

When the big day finally arrives, SJMC is committed to providing you with the birth experience you always imagined. With safety as our top priority, our team of experts will guide you through this truly remarkable and memorable event.

What To Expect

For Women in Labor
• If you believe you are in labor, call your physician or certified nurse midwife immediately. He or she will assess you over the phone or in the office and, depending on your signs and symptoms, you may be instructed to come to the Obstetrics Unit at St. John’s Medical Center.
• One of our trained nurses will assess you in the triage room, gather your basic health information, and contact your obstetrician or certified nurse midwife.
• If you are in true labor, you will be transferred to a private labor and delivery suite. If you are not in true labor, you will be sent home with instructions as to when to return.
• The progress of your labor will be monitored in the labor and delivery room using continuous or intermittent electronic fetal monitoring.
• If you would like pain relief, an anesthetist is always on call. If you prefer an un-medicated delivery, your nurse and physician or midwife will assist you—providing both experienced coaching and helping you to be as comfortable as possible during labor and delivery.
• If desired, mirrors and lights are available to help mothers see the birth of their babies.
• Assuming there are no medical complications, mothers and babies stay together from the moment of birth. All newborn exams are done at the mother’s bedside.
• Roughly two hours after delivery, you will be transferred to a private post-partum room where you will stay with your baby until discharge.
• After an uncomplicated vaginal delivery, most mother and babies stay in the hospital for 24-48 hours.

For Scheduled and Emergency Cesarean Sections
• If you are scheduled for a C-Section, or should unexpectedly need one due to pregnancy complications, the SJMC staff is committed to providing you with a safe and healthy delivery.
• Families should arrive at SJMC two hours before their scheduled C-Section.
• Upon arrival at the Labor and Delivery Unit, you will meet your nurse who will prepare you for your surgery.
• You will have the opportunity to talk with your physician and anesthesia provider before entering the operating room. They will ensure that all of your questions are answered.
• We encourage you to have a partner present during your C-Section. Additional family members may wait in your post-partum room.
• A pediatrician is always present during C-sections and will be available to assess your baby the moment that he or she is born.
• Your nurse will bring your baby to the nursery, and you will be taken to the recovery room.
• After your baby’s initial exam, your baby and partner may join you in the recovery room until you are ready to be transferred to your private post-partum room.
• After an uncomplicated C-section, mother mothers and babies stay in the hospital for 48-72 hours.

Expecting the Unexpected
We are proud to report that most deliveries at SJMC are without complication. However, if the need arises, our team is trained to handle emergencies with expert care and compassion.

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