Labor and Delivery

Having a plan for labor and delivery is an important aspect of your prenatal care when you’re expecting. At Baptist, our Baptist Hospital for Women has 23 labor and delivery suites, 48 mother/baby rooms with a well-baby nursery, six intensive care rooms and 12 high-risk antepartum rooms, nine obstetrical assessment bay areas and a 40-bed Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). With features like these we are prepared for every unique birth experience and are ready to help all new moms and dads greet parenthood in our labor and delivery suites. These suites are designed to be comfortable for the parents as the mom-to-be progresses towards delivery. Baptist has a system in place for normal pregnancies and is well-equipped to care for women with high-risk pregnancies as well.

Obstetrical Assessment

When a woman suspects she is in labor, upon arrival at a Baptist hospital a nurse or specialist will perform an obstetrical assessment. The information collected during the assessment will help the staff organize resources for the delivery and be able to classify a pregnancy based on the progression of your labor. This initial assessment generally includes the information you would give at a standard hospital check-in: date and time of arrival, name of accompanying support person, reason for coming to the hospital, etc. The nurse or specialist will also assess the following pregnancy and labor information:

  • Number of previous pregnancies and deliveries
  • Estimated due date
  • Frequency, intensity and duration of contractions
  • Is there bleeding?
  • Fetal movements
  • Level of pain and emotional state
  • Status of membranes
  • Any exposure to infectious disease?
  • Any additional obstetric or medical concerns?
  • Is this a high risk pregnancy?

What happens once admitted for labor and delivery?

After your initial obstetrical assessment, you will be admitted and checked into a labor and delivery room or suite. Someone from the unit will orient you with the room and show you around to familiarize you with all the amenities, if you have forgotten something in your hospital bag feel free to see we have it for you! A nurse or specialist will be checking in on you and taking your blood pressure, performing physical exams to see how dilated you are and possibly starting an IV. If you are planning on requesting a spinal or epidural a nurse will start an IV and your physician will determine when it is time for the epidural.