Care and Support for Mom and Baby
Here you will find 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.
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Labor and Delivery
You will begin in Labor and Delivery, located on the second floor. Labor and Delivery has private rooms, in which 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 on 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, noninvasive 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.
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 plans for anesthesia with your doctor prior to admission; however, the final decision can be made during labor. Your options for anesthesia include:
- Epidural – vaginal birth and cesarean sections
- Spinal – cesarean sections (scheduled)
- General anesthesia (in the event of an emergency)
Information about your condition will not be given to anyone. We recommend that you identify one person for all of your relatives and friends to call for updates about your labor and delivery status. That way, only one person will be checking in with you during your labor.
Videotaping and Photos
Videotaping and photography (even on cell phones) are not permitted during the delivery process. To protect the privacy of other patients, no videotaping or photography are permitted at the nursery window or in the hallways. Videotaping and photography are allowed in the privacy of your own room after the birth of your baby.
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. Initial skin-to-skin contact is encouraged at birth and in the operating room (if a cesarean delivery) for at least one hour.
Support for your initial and ongoing breastfeeding experience is provided. We recommend that you and your significant other take the time in the initial hours after birth to bond with your newborn alone.
When you hold your newborn skin to skin you can:
- Warm your newborn
- Soothe your newborn
- Release “mothering hormones” that assist with bonding and healing
When mothers keep their newborns with them:
- Newborns cry less
- Newborns feed better
- Newborns feel less pain when held skin to skin for at least 20 minutes before painful procedures
The physical and emotional needs of newborns and their mothers are met when they are kept together as much as possible. Feedings should begin during the newborn’s alert stage, which is usually the first one to two hours after birth. Peak sucking movements have been noted from 45 minutes to two hours of age and are mostly absent at 2½ hours of age.
Keeping your baby with you during your stay is the best way for you to learn how to care for yourself and your newborn. Your caregivers will help you learn how to care for your baby and will offer assistance as needed. We encourage you to ask your family for help as well.