Women and Infant Services
The Birth Experience
Arriving at the hospital: When you are in labor, come directly to Labor and Delivery. St. Mary Medical
Center offers patient registration in the Labor and Delivery department
24/7 for the convenience of our laboring patients.
Scheduled Births: If you have a scheduled birth, you will be given an arrival time and a
delivery time. Your arrival time is two hours prior to your delivery time.
This two-hour window allows for necessary preparations: a blood test,
a detailed health and pregnancy history, fetal monitoring and the initiation
of an intravenous line to begin IV fluids prior to anesthesia. You will
also meet with your anesthesiologist prior to your delivery.
Inductions: We ask that patients with a scheduled induction call the Labor and Delivery
unit two hours before their scheduled induction to confirm the time of
their appointment. Appointment times may be adjusted depending on the
capacity of the Labor and Delivery unit.
Pain Management and Obstetrical Anesthesia: We offer IV pain relief to our patients as needed and as labor progresses.
If a woman chooses to have a regional block (epidural or combined spinal/epidural)
our highly trained anesthesiologist is dedicated to the Labor and Delivery
unit 24 hours a day to provide and monitor the epidural. Anesthesia is
readily available in L&D if a cesarean is needed.
Dedicated Surgical Space: For patients requiring a cesarean section procedure, we offer a dedicated
operating room located in the Labor and Delivery department. St. Mary
has full staff coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. OB physicians,
nurses and anesthesiologists are ready at a moment’s notice.
Skin-to-Skin: The first few minutes after a baby’s birth are a magical time. While
everyone knows infants need to bond with their mothers early on, research
has shown that what happens during the first 60 minutes of a baby’s
life can maximize that bonding experience between mother and child. That
uninterrupted contact between mother and baby during the “golden
hour” after birth is critical to the child’s growth and development.
We support and encourage a full golden hour to bond with your baby.
Baby Medications After Delivery: At St. Mary Medical Center, we follow the American Academy of Pediatrics
guidelines for the health of your baby.
Vitamin K: All newborns are slightly low on vitamin K at birth, which is necessary
for normal blood clotting. The Vitamin K shot will prevent bleeding.
Eye Drops: Eye infections can be contracted as the baby passes through the birth
canal. Erythromycin dye drops will be placed in the eyes to prevent infection.
Lactation: During labor and the minutes and hours afterward, the mother’s body
experiences several amazing changes. Giving birth generates changes in
a woman’s brain chemistry that increases desire to nurture.
Skin-to-skin contact and the baby’s suckling at the breast release
hormones that help the mother to connect to her baby, cause the uterus
to contract, and stop bleeding. Research has shown that nursing within
the first hour of life improves infant survival rates and makes it more
likely that a mother will continue to breastfeed longer.
We encourage breastfeeding for the benefits to both mom and baby. Babies
who breastfeed have lower rates of ear infections, asthma, diabetes, childhood
leukemia and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Mothers who nurse their
babies have lower rates of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and diabetes.
The nursing staff in Labor and Delivery and Mother Baby Unit, are well
trained and experts at assisting you with breastfeeding. We also have
lactation consultants who are available for the more challenging nursing issues.
Infant Security: To assure your newborn's safety and security, birth identification
bands will be placed on you and your infant immediately after birth. Never
leave your baby unattended. Never let anyone take your baby away from
your room unless they are wearing a hospital ID.
Interactive TV: While in the hospital, additional infant care education is available 24
hours a day on the St. Mary Interactive TV. It features free and continuous
programming on newborn care, maternal recovery from childbirth, and various
family topics. We have a video library that you may use while you are
here and also provide printed materials for you to take home. We encourage
you to watch the following education videos before you are discharged:
- Stages of Labor 3rd Edition – English
- Stages of Labor 3rd Edition – Spanish
- The Magical Hour
Visitors in the Labor and Delivery Room: We welcome your family to share
in the experience of labor, as long as there is no disruption to other
patients and guests do not interfere with our ability to provide safe
care. During delivery, the hospital allows for two visitors, with the
approval of your physician. For C-sections, only one support person is
permitted in the operating room. Toddlers may visit during the early stages
of labor and after. They may not stay overnight. They must also have their
own coach, in case they need to leave the room. Children may not be in
the labor and delivery room unattended. To respect your privacy, guests
may be asked to leave the room periodically for certain procedures or
tasks. We encourage hand washing each time someone enters and leaves the
room. It is necessary to help prevent the spread of germs and protect
the new mom and baby.
Physicians: We are very proud to introduce our community obstetricians and OB hospitalists.
Meet our Physicians:
- Reza Ahmadinia, MD
- Amal Guha, MD
- Om Prakash, MD
- William Rivera-Ortiz, MD
- Daniel Villarosa, MD
- Viruch Vachirakorntong, MD
- Wanda Wilburn, MD
Meet our OB Hospitalists:
- Elizabeth Felix-Trunnel, MD
- Annette Hollingsworth-Moore, MD
- Jenny Lee, MD
- Catherine Worden, MD
Dedicated Emergency Obstetrical Department: We have a dedicated team of emergency care experts to help you, if you
are experiencing any symptoms of preterm labor or other issues with your
pregnancy of 20 weeks or more.