Labor, delivery and recovery

Also known as: Birth Center, Family Birth Center, Family Maternity Center, Maternity Center
During your prenatal visits, you may have developed a birthing plan with your care provider. If an emergency or an urgent situation arises, your plans may be changed for you or your baby's safety. You may still be allowed to share in some decisions, but your choices may be limited.

Please call us before you come to the hospital so we can prepare for your arrival. When you arrive, we will evaluate your progress and notify your care provider.

It’s time to come to the hospital when you experience any of the following:

  • Your bag of water breaks
  • You have a bloody show similar to starting your period
  • Contractions occur every four to five minutes for more than an hour
  • Decreased fetal movement
  • Your care provider instructs you to do so

You will labor and give birth in an attractive, private room. Each room has a private bathroom, sleeping couch for your support person, phone, TV, VCR and hair dryer. Each room is equipped for a safe vaginal birth. If you need a cesarean section, you will deliver in a nearby surgery suite.

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