Labor & Delivery FAQ
- Where will I give birth? The Women’s Care Unit at Haywood Regional Medical Center utilizes a LDRP model. The 6 LDRP (Labor, Delivery, Recovery, and Postpartum) rooms are available for us to deliver family- centered care. It is common for moms to be moved between rooms as they check in at one location, deliver in a separate room and recover in a third. The Women’s Care Center rooms are designed to make your labor and delivery as safe and as comfortable as possible. The LDRP model also allows for you never to have to move rooms and allows the family to connect with each other and adjust to the new changes that the baby brings. Each room has a Jacuzzi tub, birthing bed, fetal monitor, and all the equipment necessary to accommodate you and the baby during delivery. The rooms also have a phone, television, and sleeper chair for a guest.
- What are my options for managing pain? On the Women’s Care Unit you have a variety of management options for pain including IV, epidural, and intrathecal anesthesia. It is best to discuss these options with your provider prior to delivery.
- What if I need a Cesarean Delivery? If you need a cesarean delivery we make every attempt to keep mom and baby together. Fathers and/or one support person are allowed to be present during the cesarean section if mother has epidural or spinal anesthesia. No one is allowed in the operating room if general anesthesia is given to the mother. After the surgery is completed we keep mom, baby, and support person together in the recovery room.
- What about visitors? This is a very special and happy occasion, but remember that this is an important bonding time for you, your baby, and support person. You may want to limit visits to close family members only. Ask friends and other to visit you after you and your newborn have rested or return home. The first couple of days are very special and should be focused on bonding, feeding, and resting.
- What happens during my baby’s stay? As soon as infant is born it is placed skin to skin with mother. The baby is foot printed, ID bands, and infant security tag placed. It is encouraged that the first hour of life be spent skin to skin with mom bonding and breastfeeding. After that time, the baby receives a full head to toe comprehensive assessment. During the infant’s stay, it will stay with mom in the same room. All newborns will receive a hearing screening before discharge. All newborns will receive a bilirubin screening for jaundice prior to discharge. A newborn metabolic screening is performed on all infants by collecting a small amount of blood. This test can be done at any point prior to discharge after the infant is twenty four hours old. This test is sent off to the NC State Lab. This test can detect more than 50 congenital diseases that could cause serious harm if left untreated. Normally the results are returned to your pediatrician by four weeks of age.Lastly, Critical Congenital Heart Defect is done using pulse oximetry technology which is painless. This can detect heart defects before any signs or symptoms are present.
- What Should I Bring to the Hospital? Slippers, Lip Balm, Phone and charger, socks, camera, hair brush, hair ties or barrettes, Loose fitting nightgown or clothing to wear while walking in hallway, important phone numbers, insurance card, hair dryer, toiletries, reading materials or things to pass time with, outfit for mom and baby both to go home in, baby blanket, hat for baby, and Infant care seat- NC law requires that you have an approved infant car seat to take your baby home in. Most fire departments will check and/or install car seats if you phone and set up an appointment. Your car seat should be installed prior to coming to the hospital.