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Labor and Delivery Frequently Asked Questions

How many people can be in the Labor and Delivery room?
Caring, supportive people are very important during labor and birth. We encourage each patient to choose one main support person.

This designated support person will be the only person allowed in the surgical suite and recovery room if a Cesarean birth occurs. You may also choose other family members or friends to support you during your labor. Remember to choose those who will best be able to comfort you during the intimate experience of labor. If children visit, they must be accompanied by an adult other than the patient and the main support person.

Do you offer water births at the Women's Pavilion?
Although we offer Jacuzzi® tubs in all of our birthing suites, we are not able to provide a water birth experience.

When should I come to the hospital when I am in labor?
We strongly encourage you to call your OB/GYN to discuss your concerns and the signs and symptoms that you may be in labor. Together, you will decide the best time to come to the hospital for delivery.

Can I take a video of my birth?
Ask your physician or nurse midwife what his or her preference is about videotaping. It is perfectly fine to videotape your baby and mother right after birth, but some OB/GYNs prefer not to be videotaped during the actual delivery. We do not permit any videotaping in the surgical suites.

Can I eat during labor?
Once you are admitted to the hospital in active labor, most women can have clear liquids, such as water, clear juices, soft drinks, tea, Jell-O®, popsicles and broth, but no solid food. If you choose an epidural, you may have ice chips and very modest amounts of clear liquids with the anesthesiologist’s permission. If you are having a Cesarean birth, you will not be allowed to eat or drink anything until after the delivery.

When can I have my epidural?
You can have your epidural whenever your doctor or nurse midwife orders it. Most of the time, it’s best to be in established labor before the epidural is given. Once you decide you definitely are ready for the epidural and your care provider has given the go-ahead, it takes about 30–60 minutes to get the blood work and give the bag of fluid required before you can receive the epidural.

Do I need to notify my insurance company when I'm admitted?
No, our insurance verifiers will notify your insurance company the following business day. If you are admitted on the weekend, your insurance company will be notified on Monday. Your baby will be covered for 30 days, but you must contact your insurance company during that time to add the baby to your policy.

What should I pack?
It will help reduce your stress level if you pack your hospital bag two weeks before your due date. We recommend that you pack the following:

  • MP3 player or CD/radio with your favorite music
  • Hand fan
  • Lip balm
  • Pair of socks
  • Focal point
  • Camera and video recorder
  • Toiletries for mom and support person
  • Slippers
  • Bathrobe
  • Change of clothes for support person
  • Going-home clothes for mom and baby
  • Change for vending machines
  • Bra and panties
  • Outfit for newborn pictures
  • Two or more bed pillows

It is also helpful to bring a list of names and phone numbers for people you will want to call after the baby is born.

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