Where is Labor & Delivery?
Labor & Delivery is located at our Center for Women & Infant Health on the 2nd Floor of the Main Fountain Building. If you arrive between 5:00 am – 8:00 pm you can enter through the Fountain Building Entrance and take the hallway to Elevator D and go to the 2nd Floor. You can register in the office and will need to show your photo ID and insurance information.
If you arrive at the hospital after 8:00 pm you will need to go to the Main Emergency Department Entrance and they will take you directly to Labor & Delivery.
How many people are allowed in my room at the time of birth?
We ask that you have no more than four guests be in your room at the time of delivery; however this is also up to your Physician. A Respiratory Therapist and a Neonatal Nurse attend all deliveries so you can imagine that the room can fill up quickly. Our top priority is to keep you and your baby safe at all times before, during and after delivery and sometimes this means limiting the amount of guests.
How long will I be in the hospital after delivery?
The average length of stay for a NVD, natural vaginal delivery, is up to two days. For C-section, caesarean section, you will be in the hospital for three days and will also be on a 12 hour bed rest following your surgery.
What type of security system do you have for my newborn?
There are ankle monitors placed on all babies. All of the Unit entrance doors and stairwell doors are all locked and have to have a badge for entry.
Do you have breast pumps available to rent?
Yes, you will receive a consultation with one of our board certified lactation consultants and they do have several Medela pumps at our center and available for rent.
What is a Level III Neonatal ICU?
10 % of babies require a Neonatal ICU service for breathing, feeding, IV medications or prematurity. Our Level III NICU team is highly skilled and we are also staffed with a Neonatologist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some infants can meet their goals and return to room-in with mom, however others may have to stay for an extended period after mom is discharged. We care for infants smaller than 2lbs. and less than 28 weeks gestational age.
What happens if my OB/GYN is not available when I go into labor?
At Halifax Health – Center for Women & Infant Health we have the areas only OB Emergency Department and OB/GYN Hospitalist Program. In the regrettable absence of your physician, you can rest assured that the OB/GYN hospitalist can provide medical expertise and optimal care for the delivery of your newborn as well as answer any questions you or a family member will have.
What are your visiting hours for Labor & Delivery?
There are no standard visiting ours for the Center for Women & Infant Health, however we ask that you please be mindful of our resting mothers and babies. If you plan to visit after 8:00 pm you will be asked to enter the hospital through our Main ED entrance.