Labor and Delivery Support

Labor and Delivery Support2019-08-29T16:29:49+00:00

At CentraState, your stay begins in Labor, Delivery, and Recovery, where you will prepare for birth and deliver your baby in a warm, private, homelike room in our state-of-the-art birthing suite. A team of highly skilled physicians and nurses will care for you during your delivery and recovery. A neonatologist is on staff around the clock to provide specialized care when needed.

Laborist Program

Our laborist program empowers laboring mothers for a vaginal delivery by having a CentraState physician available during the entire labor journey. This means you’ll have the support of a board-certified OB/GYN, in addition to your labor and delivery nurses, prior to being ready to push with your doctor. This evidence-based practice allows mothers to labor longer for a vaginal birth, providing more opportunities for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), and reduces the need for an emergency c-section. Having a physician available throughout this time also enhances safety and peace of mind.

The laborist program runs weeknights from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., with 24/7 hours on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

If a c-section is needed, CentraState offers a “gentle c-section.” Our team will make the c-section experience in the operating room as similar as possible to the labor and delivery room. A clear, sterile drape is lowered so you and your support person can see your baby being born.

Labor Techniques and Birthing Options

Being well-informed about your birth options can help provide the experience you and your family desire. We encourage you to think about how you want to bring your baby into the world, to discuss your wishes with your practitioner, and to create a birth plan. A birth plan details an ideal order of events, but keep in mind that sometimes circumstances change—so it’s important to be flexible and trust that your care team will accommodate your wishes as much as possible.

We have a variety of support techniques available to you during labor, including:

Peanut balls are inflatable birthing balls shaped like—you guessed it—a peanut. A peanut ball helps you find the most comfortable position for labor and can make your labor shorter.
A birthing ball is a round exercise ball that you sit on to apply pressure to your perineum, which decreases the sensation of pain. You can kneel and lean over the ball for support and to relax your pelvic floor.
The soothing properties of a warm whirlpool tub can relax you and decrease the need for pain medication. The heat increases blood flow and ultimately calms the body.
If you use candles or essential oils to destress at home, consider using aromatherapy during labor to reap the same benefits—helping your mind and body relax.

Support Persons

Having a helpful, caring support person in the room with you can be just as important as other support options. An attentive spouse, partner, friend, doula, or family member will help you feel more at ease and provide reassurance. Two support persons can be in the delivery room at CentraState.

Medicines for Pain Relief

There are a variety of pain-relieving medicines available under the supervision of your doctor. It’s a good idea to discuss pain relief with your doctor at an appointment before labor begins, keeping in mind that circumstances and preferences may change once labor is underway. CentraState offers a range of anesthesia options during labor, including:

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