Expect Great Things
This moment is all about you and your baby, so we’re going to make everything as comfortable and safe as possible. Here, all newborns and their mothers are cared for as a single unit until it’s time to go home. Our nurses are specially trained and experienced in maternity care and will work as a team to hold your hand every step of the way. We offer family-centered care, keeping you and your family as comfortable as possible. Your baby will be secure (we offer electronic security systems to ensure the safety of your child), and our healthcare team will ensure you have the very best experience possible.
When it's time to meet your little one face to face, you'll be admitted to the St. Bernards Birthcare Center.
What to Expect From Labor
If this is your first baby – or even if it isn’t – it may be hard to know exactly when you are in labor. Signs of labor may include:
- Contractions every 5 minutes
- You think your water has broken
- Bleeding heavier than a period
If you think you are in labor, go directly to the OB Emergency Department located on the 5th floor of St. Bernards Medical Center. There, you will be examined by an OB nurse and a physician within 30 minutes. Your condition will be evaluated, your baby monitored and it will be decided if you need to be admitted to the Labor & Delivery Department.
St. Bernards has a board-certified OB-GYN located on the 5th floor and available 24/7. These obstetricians coordinate care with your regular OB/GYN, will assess and manage patients at his/her request, will deliver your baby in his/her absence and are ready to assist should difficulties related to labor and delivery arise.
Having an OB hospitalist on-site allows for the immediate management of any issue or complication that may accompany the birth of a child. OB Hospitalists are trained in advanced cardiac life support and OB emergency care. They are prepared and committed to providing outstanding care for you and your child.
Want to know more about what to expect during pregnancy, labor, delivery and post-partum?
Download the St. Bernards Pregnancy Guide today to learn more!