Labor and Delivery Services at Norton Healthcare
Your baby’s birth is an experience unique to you. The more you know about delivery, the more comfortable, prepared and relaxed you’ll be on the big day. Every year, more parents choose to deliver with us than any other hospital in the region; trust our experienced and caring team to support you during labor and delivery.
Where Birth Begins
Learn about each Norton Women’s Care location to decide which is best for your needs. Each has its own resources, staff and visitor guidelines. And, if a newborn needs special care, neonatal intensive care units on site at each hospital can provide medical care and support.
- Norton Hospital (downtown Louisville)
- Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital
Labor and Delivery
How will I know I’m in labor? What if I have preterm contractions? When should I go to the hospital? Can I get help if I need it for pain?
Many of your questions can be answered through conversations with your doctor or through our prenatal classes.
From the moment you walk into our hospital, you’ll know we’ve taken great care to make you and your family feel right at home.
Labor, Delivery and Recovery Rooms
We take pride in offering the environment and expertise to meet your individual needs and exceed your expectations. Your comfort and support are our priorities. We want to minimize stress and give you the birthing method you prefer.
Our labor/delivery/recovery (LDR) concept means you go through labor, have your baby and recover all in one private, comfortable room. We also have fetal monitoring and other advanced technologies, including specially equipped suites for cesarean deliveries. In these cases, the operating room is used for the birth, and the LDR room is used for recovery.
We also have special suites equipped with the latest technology when fetal monitoring is needed. Every room is private to ensure your comfort. Rooms are tastefully decorated with calming colors and wood furniture to create a home-like setting for you and your family.
Labor and Delivery Nursing
In addition to your physician, a nurse trained in advanced techniques for newborn resuscitation attends your birth. Most deliveries are normal, uncomplicated procedures, but it’s comforting to know that advanced care is available immediately should your baby need it.
The concept of rooming in, where your baby stays in the same room as you, is designed to involve families in the baby’s care during the little one’s first few days. Rooming in allows you and your baby to be cared for by the same nurse in the same room. Studies show that keeping mom and baby together better prepares them both for going home.
Other benefits of rooming in:
- It helps you and your baby’s sleep patterns naturally become more alike
- It helps you learn when the baby is hungry, in pain, needs to be held or has been held too much
- It encourages more family bonding by including other family members in the care of you and your baby
- It provides a supportive environment for breastfeeding
- It encourages infant care questions from parents and family
- It opens the lines of communication between parents and the medical staff
- Rooming in is designed to enhance family-centered mother/baby care and the overall birth experience.
A Family Affair
The birth of a baby is a happy time that should include everyone in your family. Fathers, partners or support persons are encouraged to take an active role from labor through birth and beyond. Our rooms include recliners and sofa sleepers, so dad or a partner or loved one can spend the night in your room.
We also encourage baby’s siblings and grandparents to share in feeding and care. Our schedules allow you and your family the freedom to get to know your baby together. You set the pace for your day, and we adjust our schedule to meet your needs.
Breastfeeding and Baby Care Help
All members of the nursing staff on our mother/baby units are trained to provide post-delivery and newborn care and education, as well as to assist with breastfeeding. Lactation consultants are available when additional breastfeeding help is needed.
Special Care for Newborns
Neonatal intensive care units (NICUs)
If your baby needs advanced care, our neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) have specialized staff and technology to support your newborn’s needs.
Norton Children’s Hospital, serving Norton Hospital patients and patients from across Kentucky and Southern Indiana, and Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital offer NICUs with proven expertise in caring for premature babies and infants with special medical conditions.
Joseph’s Salon & Spa has partnered with Norton Women’s Care to offer spa services to expectant and new moms while they are at Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital. Services include manicures, pedicures, massages, facials and more.