Labor & Delivery
Having a baby at EJGH means patients have access to the best obstetricians and high-risk pregnancy physicians in the region. In addition, our nurses are both empathetic and experienced. Woman and Newborn Services' lactation specialists and staff are always on hand, day or night, to ensure the health and well-being of our guests during pregnancy, labor, delivery and even after they have returned home.
Our family-centered approach to maternity care means we listen closely to the choices that expectant parents have made with their physicians. To that end, our professional staff guides mothers-to-be through the entire birthing experience. Specialized nursing care for all patients, twenty-four hour anesthesia coverage and advanced fetal monitoring with policies that are grounded in evidenced-based research are just a few of the ways that we achieve excellence in our care.
Post Partum Care
Expectant mothers deliver their babies and enjoy our Woman's Unit (Post Partum) where our private rooms and suites provide a comfortable environment and our staff focuses on the new mother and child. Immediately following birth, skin-to-skin contact is performed between mother and newborn for an hour. The newborn is covered in a warm, dry towel or blanket. The first hour is crucial because skin-to-skin contact helps to adjust the baby to life outside the womb. Following the “sacred hour”, the baby is bathed and evaluated next to their mother.
For the benefit of both mother and baby, most healthy babies room-in with their moms. Baby's attachment instinct is highest during the first days of life. Studies show babies who stay with their mother are more likely to gain weight, sleep quietly between feedings and soothe more easily. Our entire nursing staff is trained to assist new mothers as they learn about recovery, breastfeeding and newborn care.
Cesarean births are accommodated on the labor and delivery unit with the use of dedicated surgery suites. A team of nurses, anesthesiologist and a neonatal nurse practitioner are present at every cesarean delivery as well. The “sacred hour” of skin-to-skin contact can be experienced with a cesarean birth by placing the newborn horizontally across mother’s chest, post-operation.
In the event of a high-risk pregnancy requiring hospitalization, our antepartum unit offers leading edge monitoring equipment and a multidisciplinary care team. This affords both the mother and family an environment in which the expectant mother can focus her energies on the healthy completion of her pregnancy.
We offer a full range of services and expertise to ensure that our patients get the care they need when they need it. Should a patient's pregnancy require a medical specialist or a newborn need a more advanced level of care, our Maternal-Fetal Medicine service and Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery (NICU) is always available.