Self-reported stats. Updated 11/2015.
Some pain-relief options are not available later in labor. In fact, the closer you get to delivery, the more likely you'll only be able to use an epidural. If you are hoping to use something else, be sure you mention it early on.
|Local Anesthetic Injection||✓|
|Sterile Water Injections||No|
Labor and Delivery Amenities
The nurse must call the central control room to have them change the temperature in your room.
Visitation During Labor and Delivery
|Siblings allowed during labor||No|
|Persons allowed in triage||Two persons|
|Persons allowed in LDR||Two persons|
|Persons allowed during epidural insertion||One Person|
|Persons allowed during c-section||One Person|
Nurses can accommodate most safe birthing practices. Some alternative birthing practices may need to be approved by your midwife or doctor. These are general guidelines. Your individual OB may manage your birth more or less conservatively.
|Drinking||Clear liquids only|
|Time Limit after PROM||Labor must start within 18 hours|
|Stalled Labor||Pitocin after 1-2 hours of no progress|
|Pushing time limit||3 hours|
|Blood pressure cuff||Intermittent*|
|Electronic Fetal Monitoring||Intermittent*|
|Typical monitoring||40 off - 20 on|
* You'll need to be continuously monitored once your water breaks, you start Pitocin, or if your baby is in distress. If you don't have an epidural, you can still move around - as long as they can get a good strip.
Your doctor has the most influence on which position you can deliver in. Though options are more limited with an epidural, you can still ask for an upright position.
The staff may encourage you to comply with routine newborn procedures, but you can opt-out of some procedures and screenings, by signing a waiver.
If you have a strong desire to delay cord clamping or the newborn exam, be sure you mention it when you arrive, and remind them again just before delivery.
|Cord Clamping||Can delay|
|Encourage immediate skin-to-skin||✓|
|Encourage first feeding in LDR room||✓|
|Delay procedures while mom and baby bond||✓|
|Vitamin K shot||✓|
|Vitamin K oral drops||You must provide|
|Erythromycin eye ointment||✓|
|Metabolic screening test||✓|
|Hep B Vaccine||✓|
|Public cord blood collection||No|
|Private cord blood collection||✓|
|Placenta Services*||Sign a release|
*You will need to sign a release before delivery. They will give it to you in a covered plastic container. Be sure to have a qualified placenta specialist process it as soon as possible.
|Length of stay: Vaginal||2 nights|
|Length of stay: C-section||3 nights|
|Private postpartum recovery rooms*||$200+ night|
|Shared postpartum recovery rooms||No addtional fee|
|Family Visitation||11:00 AM - 8:00 PM|
|Other healthy vistors over 12 years old||11:00 AM - 8:00 PM|
*Sibley offers two-room, two-bathroom private postpartum rooms. You can place your name on the waiting list for private rooms after your baby is born. The per night rate is paid by you at checkout. You can submit the fee to your insurance for reimbursement. More information about their rooms.
Nurses can help you get started with breastfeeding. A lactation consultant is available during the day to offer guidance and support.
|Mom, baby, and partner have matching security bands||✓|
|Family Waiting Room|