What to Expect

What to Expect: Labor & Delivery

Soon-to-be parents arrive at the West Tower.

From that moment forward, we will make sure your birth experience is as individual as you and your baby. You will be assigned your own nurse who will work with your obstetrician to tend to you and your baby, offering compassion, support and expertise throughout your labor and delivery.

Delivering healthy babies daily

Our Labor and Delivery Antepartum nurses are certified in fetal monitoring and neonatal resuscitation. They also know many of the same birthing techniques used by midwives and doulas.

Most deliveries are problem-free, but when routine labor turns into an emergency, there’s no safer place to deliver in the region. Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists care for the most serious complications, such as preterm labor, preeclampsia and placenta issues. Should they be needed, anesthesiologists, neonatologists and other specialists are available 24 hours a day. If your primary OB is not there, we will have an OB on staff.

After delivery, you will have bonding time for you, your baby and your family during the important ‘golden hour.’ We encourage skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding (if you want) in the first hour after delivery.

Then, you may recover with your baby in your room the whole time (rooming in), or you may ask your nurse to take your baby to the nursery. Our lactation specialists are available 7 days a week to help with breast feeding.

After delivery, your pediatrician will check your baby and a photograph will be taken as part of our infant security program. These steps may be done in your room or in the newborn nursery.