Expectant mothers, support persons, and the healthcare professionals involved in a delivery all share the same goal - the safest and most pleasant birthing experience possible.
Together, everyone works as a team. Each member of this team has a vital role to play in supporting the mother:
- The doctor provides medical support to ensure the safety of mother and baby.
- The role of the nurse monitors the mother's progress during labor and delivery, assists the doctor when needed, and is a resource person for the mother and her support person.
- The support person offers help and encouragement through the labor, delivery, and recovery process.
When mothers-to-be arrive, they are admitted to a private labor and delivery room. A monitor is placed on the abdomen to assess the fetal heart rate and contractions. A blood sample is drawn and tested in the lab. An IV site will be started to provide fluids or medicines.
A cervical exam is performed by the doctor or nurse to check the progress of labor. An ultrasound may be done to determine the size or position of the infant. Other procedures may be needed as well.
Refreshments are available for the support person at the snack station in the hall. Mothers must not be given food or drinks without first checking with the nurse.
For the privacy of all patients, mothers and support persons should use the call bell when needed, instead of going to the nurses' station.
Photos and videos may be taken at any stage of labor and delivery. To ensure safety, no tripods or extension cords may be used. Cell phones may be used in labor and delivery rooms.