Touro is designated a Baby-Friendly Birth Facility by Baby Friendly USA, Inc., the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (“BFHI”), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Your Labor and Delivery
Ensuring a safe delivery for your new baby
Our Family Birthing Center staff members are delighted you have chosen Touro as the place to have your baby! We are committed to providing every family with safe, high-quality care before, during, and after childbirth.
At Touro, we understand that waiting for your due date is both exciting and stressful. Though most women give birth between 38 and 42 weeks, no one can know exactly when labor will start. You can generally expect to give birth within 2 weeks before or after your expected due date.
For your benefit, Touro has compiled FAQs related to the processes and procedures before, during, and after delivery. Read on for some helpful advice regarding your delivery.
What do I do when I arrive in the M-2 Labor and Delivery/Family Birthing Center Area?
We have a security officer at the Welcome Desk in the Labor and Delivery waiting room who will allow you entrance to the Labor and Delivery Unit. All adult visitors must have a picture ID in order to obtain a visitor pass. The visitor pass must be worn at all times, so that it is visible to staff. If the officer has stepped away for a moment, walk through the waiting room to the door and press the button on the wall to the right of the door. The door will be opened for you by the Labor and Delivery Staff. The Nurses’ Station is just inside the door on your left. You will be assigned to a room by the nursing staff. Visitors to the Birthing Center will need to present a picture ID and give the officer the name of the person they are visiting. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
- Patient registration / consent of treatment
- Consent for vaginal / cesarean delivery
- Consent for anesthesia
- Consent for Circumcision (if applicable)
- Birth certificate
If you have completed your Patient Registration Form and Birth Certificate
Worksheet prior to your hospital admission, you will not be asked to do
this again. Otherwise, you will need to complete this paperwork on admission.
Your obstetrician or certified nurse midwife will have you sign consent
for treatment and for your vaginal/cesarean delivery at your appointment
closest to your 36th week of pregnancy. Otherwise you will need to complete
this paperwork on admission. In addition, you will be asked to sign a
“Consent to Anesthesia.”
You may have already signed the “Consent for Circumcision” for your male child when you signed your other consents at 36 weeks. If not, this consent will also need to be signed shortly before the circumcision procedure is done. In addition, photographs may be taken of your newborn. If you desire a photograph, the “Consent to Photograph” will need to be signed before newborn pictures are taken.
Is it true I must have the name of a pediatrician to care for my newborn after birth, and while at Touro the child must be seen by a pediatrician who is a member of the Touro Medical Staff?
Yes, to both questions. There are many ways to find a pediatrician. You can ask family and friends for a recommendation, your obstetrician/midwife can suggest a pediatrician, or you can refer to the pediatrician list given to you in your Family Birthing Center Packet early in your pregnancy. Most pediatricians welcome “get acquainted” visits before you deliver. These visits must be scheduled with your pediatrician’s office personnel ahead of time. You may also visit our partner’s at Children’s Hospital for pediatric care. Search their website for pediatrician’s in your neighborhood.
- Birth plan, if applicable
- Snack for support person
- List with names and telephone numbers of family/ friends to notify
- Personal items such as: toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, comb, brush, make-up, “special” soap, or other skin-care products
- Lip balm
- Socks, slippers, bathrobe
- Nursing bras/gowns, if applicable
- Nightgowns or pajamas
- Clothing to wear home from the hospital
- Clothing to take your baby home from the hospital (include blanket)
- Baby book for footprints
- Age appropriate, properly installed infant car seat for day of discharge
Does Touro provide services for obstetric patients with high-risk pregnancy?
Yes. Touro is a Level-Three Obstetric Hospital. This means normal-risk and high-risk patients can receive care for themselves and their newborns during their pregnancy, labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum. In addition, our high-risk (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit-NICU) nursery is a state-of-the-art facility within the Labor and Delivery Unit.
Does the Family Birthing Center Hydrotherapy in Labor?
Yes, but not all pregnant women qualify. If you are considering the option of hydrotherapy in labor, you must first discuss this option with your healthcare provider and obtain approval. . At this time, there are three built-in tubs/pools in the Family Birthing Center for hydrotherapy.
Please review our current statement on hydrotherapy.
During deliveryWhat happens in the Labor and Delivery Room (LDR)?
We encourage you to choose people who will support you and your birth choices during labor and delivery. We ask that no more than two people are present in the LDR at the same time during your labor and birth. Your husband or partner is considered one of these two people. Other visitors may wait in the Family Waiting Room and take turns visiting in the LDR. Visitors may not wait in the hallways. The Family Birthing Center offers comfortable seating while visitors are awaiting the birth. Visitors should not sit on the bed or use patient bathrooms.
Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult whose sole purpose is to care for the child while visiting in the hospital. Pets are not allowed! Shortly after delivery, all your visitors may enter the LDR to congratulate you and see your new baby.
Learn ways to get comfortable during labor
Visitors are welcome from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm. The Labor and Delivery department welcomes visitors 24 hours a day.
One adult may remain with the patient overnight. Children are not allowed overnight visits under any circumstances. For the safety of our newborns, their parents, families, and friends, all visitors must sign-in at the welcome desk and receive a visitor pass, which must be worn during the entire visit. Upon leaving the hospital, the visitor must sign out.
There are non-medical and medical options for pain control.
In addition, there is the option for pain medication, Nitrous Oxide and Epidural
Some options include:
- Patterned breathing, touch, and relaxation techniques
- Visualization and guided imagery
- Warm water, such as sitting in the shower or use of hydrotherapy
- Support person present during labor
- Position change
- Use of body supports, such as pillows behind back of under knees
- Use of a birthing ball
- Distraction, such as soft music, TV, books, concentration on a focal point during contractions, etc.
In addition, there is the option for pain medication and anesthesia (epidural).
After deliveryI have heard that after the birth of my baby, the baby will remain in my room, with me, rather than go to the nursery. Is this true?
Keeping your baby close
b. Yes, for the prevention of hemorrhagic diseases and coagulation disorders of the newborn and infants, related to vitamin K deficiency.
Some of these conditions include but are not limited to:
- Congenital hypothyroidism
- Cystic fibrosis
Fall in love with your newborn
A hearing screening is also performed before the baby leaves the hospital.
It is recommended that you have the car seat properly installed in your car by the time you come to the hospital for delivery. Mothers are discharged in a wheelchair with their infant in their arms. If we do need to see how your infant responds to being in the car seat before discharge, you will be informed.