Thank you for choosing Baptist Easley for the birth of your baby. The Birthplace welcomes both you and your family. We work hard to provide the highest quality care for both you and your loved ones in a courteous and caring manner. We want to keep you informed about what to expect while you are with us.
You can expect your nurse to update your communication board with information such as the date, physician, nurse’s name/s, activity, and diet. Your nurse will also discuss your care at your bedside during any shift changes with the nurse taking over your care.
There are several types of anesthesia used in labor.
Local—used by your delivering physician and is used for repair of episiotomies after delivery.
Epidural—used by a trained physician (anesthesiologist). A small catheter is placed in the lower back where the physician administers a medication to provide relief for pain in the abdomen, legs, and birth canal. The catheter makes it possible to give medication continually with a pump.
Benefits of epidural anesthesia include:
- can be given early in your labor
- provides pain relief with no sedation
- has little, or no effect, to baby
- increases the ability to relax
Epidural anesthesia is considered to be a safe option; however, there are possible side effects which include:
- spinal block and headache
- uneven pain relief
- hindered pushing efforts
- slight drop in blood pressure
All anesthesia has advantages and disadvantages, and one may be more appropriate than the other for you. Your physician can explain options specific to your needs during labor. Remember to discuss this with your anesthesiologist and/or obstetrician.
Preparing for Delivery
You will notice a lot of activity in your room right before your baby arrives! Your nurses will be moving chairs into the bathroom, in order to make room for the baby warmer and the other items needed for delivery. Don’t be surprised if there is an extra nurse and a respiratory therapist in your room to care for you and your newborn.
The Wait is Over—Now What?
Following a normal vaginal birth— the doctor will place the baby on your tummy after delivery. If possible, the doctor will let someone of your choosing cut the umbilical cord. Skin to skin contact between you and your baby is important. Nothing is warmer and more comforting than Mom.
For a C-section birth—the doctor will place your newborn in the admission warmer. We’ll bring him/her to you as quickly as possible. Your support person in the operating room will follow the nurse and baby to the nursery while you are in recovery.
You’ll have frequent vital signs and uterine massaging after delivery. You will have your IV for a while and should always call your nurse before getting out of bed for the first time. Family and friends may phone you directly by calling 442–7 and the room number.
At Delivery, Every Baby…
- is dried and warmed
- has his/her mouth and nose suctioned with a bulb syringe or tube
- receives an “Apgar” score from “0-10” at one minute and at five minutes of age (The baby is scored on his/her heart rate, breathing, color, reflexes, and muscle tone.)
- receives a set of vital signs: heart rate, respiratory rate, BP, and temperature
- receives an injection of “Vitamin K” that helps to keep the baby from bleeding
- has antibiotic ointment applied to eyes to help prevent eye infection (It doesn’t hurt.)
- is examined from head to toe
- has blood drawn for a blood sugar test—babies that are small, very large, pre-term, or mother has diabetes will need several blood sugar tests during the first day
- is given a bath when he/she is 90 minutes old and is warm enough
Later On, Every Baby…
- has blood drawn for a required “Newborn Screen”
- gets a Hepatitis B vaccination after you sign a permit
- has his/her hearing tested
- is weighed daily
- takes a pre-discharge jaundice test
One More Thing…
We want to prepare you to care for yourself and your new baby!
While you are here, we’ll provide:
- reading materials
- educational videos
- one-on-one teaching
Feeding Your Baby
Breastfeeding is the most effective way to promote infant health. A mother’s milk is the ideal food, providing nourishment and protecting your baby from common childhood illnesses. The professionals at The Birthplace are happy to provide breastfeeding support, education, and encouragement.
Every question or concern you have is important! Please use your time here to rest, recover, and learn.