Labor and Delivery
At CHI Health, our experienced staff specializes in warm welcomes to expectant mothers. While every labor and delivery is different, you can rest assured that our knowledgeable and highly trained team of physicians, nurses and support specialists are experienced in every situation, including complicated and high-risk pregnancies. Before, during and after your special moment, your care will be completely personalized to your needs and wishes.
Managing Pain During Labor
At CHI Health the goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible and make the birthing experience a memorable one. So go ahead and bring some of your favorite things from home – a special lotion and comfy pillow. You and your physician will discuss your pain management options long before you check into the hospital. It’s good to have a pain management plan but know things can change and the plan in the delivery room will always put the health of baby and mom first.
Non-medical options include birthing balls, music, aromatherapy, massage and breathing techniques. Your nurses will help you with different options based on your wishes. Your pharmaceutical options include relaxation medications, nitrous oxide (at CUMC-Bergan Mercy) and an epidural. If you choose an epidural, CHI Health has an anesthesiologist available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Pain management doesn’t end after delivery. Most women will experience discomfort. Your health care team will do its best to make you comfortable so you can concentrate on what’s important – bonding with your baby. You will want to include your pain management wishes as part of your birth plan. However, because your pain management needs are impossible to predict, especially if you are a first time mom, we will support you in whatever option you choose.