Labor & Delivery

Maternal Child Pavilion

EntranceLabor and Delivery Information

If you are transferred to the Labor and Delivery Unit, you can expect the following:

  • During labor, you will be placed on a fetal monitor for intermittent or continuous monitoring for your contractions and baby’s heart rate.
  • You will be assigned a labor nurse who will be there to assist you throughout your labor and during your delivery. This registered nurse will evaluate your condition frequently and communicate with you regarding your plan of care.
  • A resident physician will review your progress periodically and collaborate directly with your Obstetrician/Gynecologist.
  • Learn more about Monitoring and Special Procedures (pdf)

Our expert team of anesthesiologists, who are on the unit around the clock, resident physicians and labor nurses will assist your obstetrician in providing you with a safe and meaningful birth experience.

Labor & Delivery Suites

undefinedOur private birthing rooms, equipped with birthing beds, are designed to blend home-like, comfortable surroundings with the most up-to-date technology and equipment. The Labor & Delivery Suite consists of 18 private birthing rooms, four traditional delivery rooms and a large recovery room. All our birthing rooms are private and have birthing beds. If you have a vaginal delivery, you will recover in the birthing room. If delivery is by cesarean birth you will recover in our large recovery room until stable.

Your birth partner plus one additional visitor may be present during labor. The nursing staff will issue proper identification passes. We are unable to provide childcare for siblings.

Birth Plan

Writing a birth plan gives you an opportunity to write out your wishes on how you would ideally like your baby’s birth to be handled. A written plan will also refresh your physician’s (or covering physician’s) memory when you are in labor. Download a sample birth plan (pdf) provided by Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

For those patients who desire a more natural Birth, a Relaxing Birth program by the Women’s Health Education Department is available.

Cesarean Birth and Neonatologist

SBMC OBCesarean birth is considered a high-risk procedure for both mother and fetus. Reasons behind performing cesarean section, combined with the complications associated with surgical procedure (C-section) increase the risk of the newborn infant being unstable, sick and asphyxiated at birth.

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and American Academy of Pediatrics, jointly stress the importance of a qualified individual skilled in initiating resuscitation and being available at every high-risk delivery. Thus, obstetricians routinely request the presence of a Neonatologist who is specialized in newborn intensive care, at the labor and delivery room so that an infant can be resuscitated and stabilized within seconds of birth. This service is accepted and approved by all insurance carriers.

Skin-To-Skin Contact

Skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth if medically stable is encouraged. Here at Saint Barnabas Medical Center we recognize the importance of the “Golden Hour”, the first hour after birth. We recommend this intimate hour to be reserved for the infant, mother and her significant other to allow the family the opportunity to enjoy the first hour of life privately bonding together. Breastfeeding mothers will be initiating the first feeding at this time.

After delivery you will be transferred to a Family Centered Care Unit.

For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.

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