Maternity Care: What to Expect

Care and Support for Mom and Baby

Here what you can expect when you deliver your baby at Winchester Hospital. Our Maternal Child Health brochure explains your care at Winchester Hospital in detail. Download this brochure.

Find an obstetrician/gynecologist on the Winchester Hospital medical staff.

Labor and Delivery

You will begin in Labor and Delivery, which has private rooms where you will labor and deliver your baby. Each room offers accommodations for your support person’s overnight stay, a private bathroom with shower, telephone and television service. If a cesarean section is needed, you will be moved to an operating room located in the labor and delivery unit.

Throughout your childbirth experience, a highly qualified nurse specializing in maternal child care will be with you to provide expert clinical care, guidance, comfort measures and emotional support.

In addition, for your safety and comfort, Winchester Hospital provides an in-house obstetrician should your primary obstetrician not be immediately available. Doulas are welcome. Your number of support attendants will be decided by you and your health care providers.

Pain Management

At Winchester Hospital, we have expertise in the latest and most effective pain management techniques for labor and delivery, including epidurals. We want your childbirth experience to be as comfortable and safe as possible.

Hydrotherapy/Therapeutic Tub

For your comfort, we have a hydrotherapy tub available in Labor and Delivery. The tub is located in a private, relaxed setting with light dimmers and a variety of music for comfort and relaxation. The hydrotherapy tub promotes muscle relaxation and decreases discomfort. It enhances cervical dilation, increases the rate of fetal descent, decreases the use of pitocin augmentation, and reduces the use of medication and epidurals.


Pain-relieving medication and various forms of anesthesia are available. Members of our anesthesiology staff are on-site 24 hours a day. We urge you to discuss anesthesia with your doctor prior to admission; however, the final decision can be made during labor. 

Your options for anesthesia during labor include:
  • Local
  • Epidural – vaginal birth and cesarean sections
  • Spinal – cesarean sections (scheduled)
  • General anesthesia (in the event of an emergency)

Immediately After Birth

Our family-centered care concept allows for parent-newborn interactions in the early recovery period so you can get acquainted with your baby in the privacy of your room. We recommend that you and your significant other take the initial hours after birth to bond with your newborn alone.

Initial skin to skin contact is encouraged at birth. A minimum of thirty minutes of uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact is recommended immediately after birth, or as soon as possible.

Support for your initial and ongoing breastfeeding experience is provided.

After Your Labor and Delivery

Once you have recovered, you will be transferred to the Mother Baby Unit, also on the second floor, where you are encouraged to have your baby in the room with you.

Research shows it is best for you and your baby to stay together in the same room. Parent-newborn interactions are vital to your newborn’s development. During this time together you get to know your baby’s unique personality and needs, and caregivers are right there to assist and support you. 

Under normal circumstances you will have a private room. We provide cots for your support person to spend the night if desired. On occasion, because of the number of women in labor, we may have to utilize our semi-private rooms.

Breast Care Center

Winchester Hospital's Breast Care Center is fully accredited as an ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, offering digital mammography, breast biopsies and on-site surgeons, radiologists and oncologists.

Sleep Disorders Center

Accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Winchester Hospital’s full-service Sleep Disorders Center diagnoses and treats patients suffering from all types of sleep-related problems.