Saint Vincent Hospital’s Center for Women and Infants provides 10 warm and comfortable Labor and Delivery rooms that allow you to deliver and recover in the same room. The environment is welcoming for you and your baby, and the rooms are equipped with the latest technological innovations used in state-of-the-art childbirth centers. The safety and well-being of you and your newborn is our paramount concern.
What to Expect
In preparation for the birth, you also need to consider anesthesia options. Some women with uncomplicated pregnancies want to have their babies naturally with little or no anesthesia, while others want to take advantage of pain relief options. The different types of pain relief available for delivery are important for the mother’s safety and comfort, as well as the baby’s well-being.
Options should be discussed with your provider prior to your due date to decide which method is the most appropriate.
Your options include:
- Medications given by intramuscular injection or intravenously. They will diminish the intensity of pain, but will not take it away entirely. Often this will be enough to take the edge off contractions.
- Epidural analgesia, which may be used for a vaginal or planned Cesarean delivery. Epidurals are administered by anesthesiologists who pride themselves on providing comfort as well as maintaining patient safety.