Birthing RoomsWhat can I expect from my birthing room?
Birthing rooms are equipped with all of the necessary supplies that are needed to deliver a baby vaginally. Upon admittance to most hospitals, a woman will be given a room and that is where she will stay until her baby is born. In the past, there were rooms for laboring, sterile rooms for delivery and a separate room for recovery. Most hospitals now have rooms that the mother can labor and deliver in. After delivery, you are usually moved to a recovery room. At some hospitals and birthing centers, the mother is able to labor, deliver and recover all in the same room.
Hospitals and birthing centers realize the importance of creating a peaceful, home-like environment for expectant families. Most labor and delivery rooms have a standard hospital bed for laboring that will convert to a delivery bed. Stirrups pop out and the bottom of the bed usually breaks away for the doctor to deliver the baby. There will be a recliner or birthing chair and there is usually some kind of couch for visitors. At some hospitals, the couch will fold out into a bed for the labor coach. Televisions are normally mounted to the wall or placed in some kind of entertainment center and the remote is attached to the birthing bed for easy access. Tucked away behind the cabinets are all of the medical supplies that may be needed during labor and delivery. There is also a nurses station in the room that has a computer and monitoring equipment. The monitor measures the baby's heart rate and your contractions. The baby's bed is also in the room with oxygen, a warmer, blankets, hats, diapers, a nasal suctioner and other necessities for after delivery. Private bathrooms are in the rooms and some have birthing tubs.
However, keep in mind that all hospitals and hospital rooms are not always the same. If you live in a large city, there will most likely be a number of hospitals that you can choose from. If you live in a smaller city, you might only have one option. Find out which hospital(s) in your area your doctor has practicing priviledges at. It is important to take a tour of the hospital that you will deliver at before you are due so that you are familiar with the facility.
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