At Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital’s Birth Center, we believe your birthing experience should be personal, tailored specifically to your wishes and needs. That’s why we strive to fulfill special requests and offer various features to assist you throughout your labor and delivery. For your delivery, we offer the following birth options:
If you’re hoping for a natural (medication-free) childbirth experience, we offer many options to support your goals, including:
- Comfortable labor and delivery rooms with individual thermostats, ceiling fans and adjustable lighting.
- Private bathrooms with showers.
- The ability to move around freely as needed, including walking the halls, changing positions, rocking on a birthing ball or using a squat bar.
- Expert coaching from our experienced labor and delivery nurses, who are here to support you through the birth process.
- The choice of who attends your birth. Our nursing staff will ensure non-invited family or friends wait in the lobby.
Pain Management and Epidural
If you’re planning on natural childbirth, you may rely on Lamaze and breathing techniques to suppress the pain. Our expert nursing staff will be on-hand to assist and help coach you and your partner.
If you need pain medication or anesthesia (e.g. epidural), you may have to wait until you are dilated to a certain point. Your doctor will cleanse your back with an antibacterial solution before inserting the epidural in your spine. Once the epidural has taken effect, your pain should be considerably lessened. You will have very little feeling from the middle of your back down. Therefore, your nurse will help you change positions as needed throughout your labor. And your bladder will need to be emptied periodically with a catheter (a thin flexible tube).
If you are scheduled for a Cesarean delivery (C-section), you will first be admitted to a birth suite to prepare you for surgery. Your labor and delivery nurse will examine and assess you and your baby. To prepare you for surgery, your nurse will wash your stomach with an antibacterial solution and shave you from just below the belly button to the pubic area.
Also, your doctor will visit you to discuss your anesthesia options. C-sections are usually done with an epidural, which means you will be awake and alert when your baby is born. If you’re having an epidural, you will be moved to the operating suite about 30 minutes before your delivery time. Following your C-section, you’ll be able to hold your baby after you have been moved from the operating room into a birth suite.
To reduce the chances of infection, only your partner or coach will be allowed in the C-section room. They may take photos once the baby is born.
VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)
A VBAC is a safe, suitable choice for most women who’ve had one prior Cesarean. VBACs offers a number of advantages compared to repeat C-sections, including 1) fewer complications; 2) shorter recovery time and hospital stay; 3) greater participation in the birth process, such as holding and breastfeeding your baby sooner than if you undergo a repeat C-section; and 4) impact on future pregnancies, particularly if you’re planning to have a large family. Repeat C-sections get more complicated each time, while repeat VBACs tend to become progressively easier. Of course, every case is different; therefore, you must consult with your obstetrician to be sure you qualify for a VBAC.