Choosing the best hospital to have your baby

Giving birth can be one of life’s most exciting experiences. It can also be overwhelming. Expectant mothers feel pressure within their bodies and in all aspects of their lives. Preparing for a new baby takes a lot of time, but choosing the right hospital shouldn’t.

Giving birth can be one of life’s most exciting experiences. It can also be overwhelming. Expectant mothers feel pressure within their bodies and in all aspects of their lives. Preparing for a new baby takes a lot of time, but choosing the right hospital shouldn’t.

According to Laura Gipe, director of Patient Care Services at Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital, expectant mothers should expand their search to find the best option for their family. Gipe recommends looking for four things when selecting a hospital:

  1. Obstetrician availability. Choose a hospital that has an obstetrician on-site at all times. Some hospitals have emergency obstetric care. This means you’ll be examined by an obstetrician upon arrival at the emergency department. This can help ease tension for expecting mothers.
  2. On-site neonatal intensive care. If a problem arises it’s a relief to know that your family can remain in the same facility should your newborn need intensive care.  “Knowing that my hospital had a level III neonatal intensive care unit onsite made me feel more comfortable during my labor,” says new mother Erin Rasinen. “If my baby needed intensive care I felt at ease knowing that she would not have to be transported, and our family could remain in the same facility.”
  3. Classes and resources. Many hospitals offer a wide range of classes and resources, such as the Marshall Women’s Health & Education Center, which offers classes on prenatal yoga, natural birth, new sibling education and breastfeeding.
  4. Birthing plan worksheets. Choose a hospital that allows you to customize your birthing experience. Birthing plan worksheets can help mothers decide on medicated pain relief, pushing options, actions immediately following delivery and baby care during their stay.

For more information or to schedule a tour of the labor and delivery unit at Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital, call:

(502) 629-1234

“The birthing plan was easy to fill out and it confirmed that my preferences would be accommodated even before my delivery,” says Rasinen.

Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital offers alternative labor-coping mechanisms and continuous monitoring through physicians’ smartphones. Restful areas, such as gardens, enhance patient comfort.

Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital also offers a program called “rooming-in,” which allows mother and baby to room together for the duration of their stay.

“Rooming-in benefits both mom and baby and helps create a bond,” Gipe said. “It also helps facilitate the new relationship before the family returns home.”

Fit Pregnancy has recognized Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital as one of America’s top eight maternity hospitals for its innovative resources and patient services.


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