Monday, May 6, 2013

Ask Us Anything about Pregnancy: C-sections, Midwives

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Q. How long does it take to prep for a C-section delivery? What time should I arrive?

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

Prep for the delivery will include a blood test, a detailed health and pregnancy history, fetal monitoring and the initiation of an intravenous line to begin IV fluids prior to anesthesia. You will also meet with your anesthesiologist prior to your delivery.

A. Mary D'Angelo, Director of Maternal Child Services at Sisters of Charity Hospital:
Patients are usually given two times: the time they are scheduled for and the time they should arrive at the hospital. The arrival time would be two hours prior to the start time.

Q. What kind of medications do you offer for moms in labor?

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

We offer many different modalities to increase the patient's comfort in labor: massage, hydrotherapy, jacuzzi baths and positioning. We also offer an epidural or an injection of Nubain, which is a pain reliever. The patient's physician will work with her to decide which modalities work best for her.

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

We do not have the jacuzzi tubs at Sisters Hospital, but we do have massage and narcotics, as well as epidurals. The nurses will work with the mom to change position, use warmed blankets, ambulation and birthing balls to facilitate the progress of labor.

Q. Can I bring my own hospital gown to wear while in labor and during delivery?

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

We do permit patients to wear their own gowns, but really prefer that you wear a hospital gown as they are fashioned with snaps at the sleeves for easy maneuvering around IV's. Since childbirth can be a messy business, we can change your gown as needed to keep you comfortable.

Q. I would like to have a midwife deliver my baby. How can I contact the midwife in your hospital?

A. Aimee Gomlak, Vice President of Women's Services:

At this time, the group that provides midwifery outpatient care and delivery is OBGYN Associates of WNY. If you are a patient in our primary care clinics, you will likely will have the support of a midwife at delivery.


You can learn more about childbirth at Mercy Hospital and Sisters of Charity Hospital by visiting our website.

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