Monday, December 10, 2012

Ask Us Anything about Pregnancy: Birthing Tubs, Changing Doctors

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Q. I am having a repeat c-section. Will my 2 year old daughter be able to visit me and the new baby in the hospital?

A. Mary Ann Murphy, Director of Maternal Child Services at Mercy Hospital:

Absolutely! We want your daughter to be able to welcome your new baby! We do want to be certain that she is well and free from communicable illness, of course. Cold and flu season is upon us and we want to be certain that all visitors are free from illness to protect the newborns.

Q. How many people are allowed in the Labor and Delivery room? What if a C-section is needed? How many people are allowed in the surgical area?

A. Mary Ann Murphy, Director of Maternal Child Services at Mercy Hospital:

We generally allow 2 coaches. One in the OR for a C-section.

A. Mary D'Angelo, Director of Maternal Child Services at Sisters of Charity Hospital:

We generally try to keep it to 2-3 people in the birthing room at a time and only two for the actual delivery. In the OR for a C-section, only one support person is permitted.

Q. Do you have birthing tubs?

A. Mary Ann Murphy, Director of Maternal Child Services at Mercy Hospital:

We have 4 jacuzzi tubs. It is however physician preference to not deliver in the tub. We do not have any physicians who will deliver in the tub, at present.

A. Mary D'Angelo, Director of Maternal Child Services at Sisters of Charity Hospital:

We do not have birthing tubs at this point.

Q. I am coming in next week to be induced. What is involved in the procedure?

A. Mary D'Angelo, Director of Maternal Child Services at Sisters of Charity Hospital:

For the induction, the patient is placed on a fetal monitor and will have an IV started and blood drawn at the same time. The next step is dependent on the readiness of the cervix for labor. There is sometimes a "ripening agent" such as Cervidil or a balloon or foley bulb used prior to Oxytocin.

Q. Can I switch hospitals at the last minute? I am 39 weeks pregnant.

A. Mary Ann Murphy, Director of Maternal Child Services at Mercy Hospital:

Yes, you can switch to a different provider who has privileges at the hospital of your choice. For a physician referral, please call HealthConnection at (716) 706-2112.

A. Mary D'Angelo, Director of Maternal Child Services at Sisters of Charity Hospital:

We usually advise patients that at this stage of pregnancy it is best and safest to stay with the provider(s) that know her best, but if you really want to change, it is advisable to have your records immediately available to the new provider or hospital. You will want a copy of your prenatal records to bring with you.


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