Central Carolina Hospital

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Q: Do they allow doulas? 
A: Absolutely! I've worked closely with staff here and they love working with doulas.

Q: How comfortable are they with natural births?
A: 100% supportive of natural births. They keep birthing balls on hand to use and the typical go to is to allow freedom of movement. They also suggest pushing in different positions that are comfortable for you.  If you do have to be induced they are one of the few hospitals that still do Cervidil inductions.

Q: Do they require constant fetal monitoring? 
A: This will change with every birth and every situation. However, in my experience they check with the doppler every 30 - 60  minutes or so until pushing begins. At that point they will start checking more frequently. Outside of this you are free to roam and move as you please. The doppler is wonderful if you are having a water birth because it can go into the water with you. 

Q: Can they support a water birth? 
A: YES! WOOHOO, praise the Lord! Yes, they have a tub that you may labor in. It is awesome. They are fantastic at keeping the tub at the right temperature for you and baby for both laboring and delivery. 

Q: How long does it take to get checked in once I'm in labor? 
A: Essentially no time at all. They will check you out and see how far along you are and pretty quickly after that you will be admitted.

Q: Can my children come in with me? 
A: Yes! However if the child is under the age of 14 they will need to be accompanied by an adult who is not the support partner of the laboring mother. It is also VERY important that the child does not have any symptoms of the flu. 

Q: What are the visiting hours? 
A: Visiting hours are flexible to accommodate you and your family. 

Q: Will they let me save the placenta? 
A: Absolutely! Just make sure to include in your birth plan! 

Q: Do they have midwifery care? 
A: Yes! They have 3 fabulous midwives as well as OBGYN. 

Moore Regional

Moore Regional

Q: Do they allow doulas? 
A: Yes! I have attended several births here. 

Q: How comfortable are they with natural births? 
A: They have several accommodations for  natural pain management techniques. They have birthing balls, peanut balls, squatting bars, outlets for diffusers (or chargers), and allow doulas or birthing coaches in the room. They are also supportive of VBACs. 

Q: Do they require constant fetal monitoring? 
A: This will change with every birth and every situation. However, in my experience they are somewhat ok with intermittent monitoring. It just depends on the doctor/midwife who is on call. If they do allow intermittent monitoring they will check every half hour.  

Q: Can they support a water birth? 
A: No. Unfortunately they do not. However, they do have a shower that you can use to get heat (or cold) on your back, hips, or neck. 

Q: How long does it take to get checked in once I'm in labor? 
A: This all depends on how many people are there in triage and labor & delivery. If you are in active labor you can enter from the emergency room doors and they will have someone escort you upstairs. If you are not in active labor you can enter from the main front doors and go to the second floor. However it typically will not take longer than 45 minutes - 1hr. 

Q: Can my children come in with me? 
A: They do not allow children in the delivery room however they do have a waiting room for your family and friends to sit while waiting for your precious new one to come. 

Q: What are the visiting hours? 
A: There are no set visiting hours in the Labor and Delivery rooms. 

Q: Will they let me save the placenta? 
A: YES! Include this in your birth plan and remind your labor partner, significant other, or doula to keep reminding the care providers of your wish. 

Q: Do they allow residents during births? 
A: Yes, they do. They use doctors and residents to be the delivery care provider. 

Cape Fear Valley Health

Cape Fear Valley Health

Q: Do they allow doulas? 
A: Absolutely! I have attended several births here. 

Q: How comfortable are they with natural births? 
A: They have several accommodations for  natural pain management techniques. They have birthing balls, peanut balls, squatting bars, outlets for diffusers (or chargers), and allow doulas or birthing coaches in the room. 

Q: Do they require constant fetal monitoring? 
A: This will change with every birth and every situation. However, in my experience they are somewhat ok with intermittent monitoring. It just depends on the doctor/midwife who is on call. If they do allow intermittent monitoring they will check close to every 15 minutes. 

Q: Can they support a water birth? 
A: No. Unfortunately they do not. However, they do have a shower that you can use to get heat (or cold) on your back, hips, or neck. 

Q: How long does it take to get checked in once I'm in labor? 
A: In my experience, if you are in active labor, it takes about 1 hour to get into a labor and delivery room. Usually, you will check in and then be taken to Triage. There they will check to see how far along you are. At that point they will determine if you are ready to be moved. However, if you are showing up to the hospital ready to push you can enter through the emergency room they and the will take you right up to an L & D room. 

Q: Can my children come in with me? 
A: There must be 2 adults in the room to allow 1 child. They do not allow the children during the actual delivery portion though. Also, during flu season the hospital does not allow children in this wing. However, they have a large waiting area where family and friends are more than welcome to wait. 

Q: What are the visiting hours? 
A: There are no set visiting hours in the Labor and Delivery rooms. However, once in the continuing care room you are only allowed 1 guest in the room from 9p.m. to 7 a.m. 

Q: Will they let me save the placenta? 
A: YES! Include this in your birth plan and remind your labor partner, significant other, or doula to keep reminding the care providers of your wish. 

Q: Do they allow residents during births? 
A: Yes, they do. They use doctors, residents, and midwives to be the delivering care provider. 

Baby + Co. Cary, NC

Baby + Co. in Cary North Carolina 

Q: Do they allow doulas? 
A: Absolutely! They love having doulas here.  They love to work with doulas and are great at giving them space to work while still diligently tending to the laboring mother. 

Q: How comfortable are they with natural births? 
A: 100% supportive of natural births. They actually are unable to provide you with an epidural if you are wanting one. However they do have nitrous oxide as an alternative. They carry all the essentials for helping with a natural birth such as a birthing ball, GIANT tub, essential oils, diffuser, black & blue cohosh, a spacious shower, doppler fetal monitoring and much more. 

Q: Do they require constant fetal monitoring? 
A: This will change with every birth and every situation. However, in my experience they check with the doppler every 30 - 60  minutes or so until pushing begins. At that point they will start checking more frequently. Outside of this you are free to roam and move as you please. The doppler is wonderful if you are having a water birth because it can go into the water with you. 

Q: Can they support a water birth? 
A: YES! WOOHOO, praise the Lord! Yes, they have a GIANT tub. It is so large that you can have your doula, 2 midwives, a child, and a husband surrounding it and all able to support you! It is awesome. They are fantastic at keeping the tub at the right temperature for you and baby for both laboring and delivery. 

Q: How long does it take to get checked in once I'm in labor? 
A: Essentially no time at all. As soon as you are headed their way you will give them a call and they will be waiting for you. From there they will give you a cervical check and see how far along you are. At that point they will decide whether it is time to admit you to a laboring room or maybe suggest going on a walk to promote active labor. 

Q: Is it true that they don't have enough beds for the amount of people that come in? 
A: This was the 1st question I asked when I went in. I noticed that they only had 3 laboring rooms. They said they have never even had all 3 rooms full at the same time due to them only taking so many clients per month. They also informed me that it does not take long at all to clean and change the room for the next client to come in. 

Q: Can my children come in with me? 
A: Yes! In my personal experience they have been fantastic at working with children/families. They have 2 "family" rooms that they can hang out in OR they are more than welcome to come into the labor room with you. As your doula I can help out with this aspect however much you desire. 

Q: What are the visiting hours? 
A: You can have as many people there with you as desired. However, as long as the delivery goes as normal, you will be leaving after 4 hours. There isn't a lot of time to have visitors because those 4 hours are filled with baby-mommy bonding and paperwork. You are more than welcome to have as many people over as you would like. 

Q: Will they let me save the placenta? 
A: Absolutely! They are usually fantastic at asking their clients however it wouldn't hurt to include it in your birth plan and let your doula know so that they can remind the nursing staff if you are unable to. 

Q: Do they allow residents during births? 
A: In my experience no! They only have midwives during the birth. 

Womack Army Medical Center

Womack Army Medical Center with a Doula 

Q: Do they allow doulas? 
A: Absolutely! They love having doulas there. They actually encourage clients to find a doula due to the newly released ACOG (no not Advanced Combat Optical Gunsights) the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists standards for having non medical personal support during labor. 

Q: How comfortable are they with natural births? 
A: Womack is very supportive of natural births. They have many things to aid in natural pain relief techniques such as birthing balls, squat bars, showers, intermittent monitoring, plug ins access for diffusers, peanut balls etc. 

Q: Do they require constant fetal monitoring? 
A: At every hospital this will be taken on case by case circumstances. However, in my experience Womack has been wonderful at letting laboring mothers do intermittent monitoring if the baby's heart rate is not dipping according to the fetal heart rate monitor. Which is fantastic because that means we can keep moving, walking, squatting. Basically whatever your body is telling you to do. 

Q: Can they support a water birth? 
A: Unfortunately, they do not support water birth at Womack. However they are very open to you spending time in the shower. There we can put hot water or cold water on your back or hips. 

Q: How long does it take to get checked in once I'm in labor? 
A: This depends on how many patients they are seeing and how far along you are in labor. It normally looks like you checking in at the Labor and Delivery Desk to which they will then take you to Triage. At Triage they will hook you up and see how your contractions are looking and will also do a cervical exam. If they've determined you are in active labor they will then move you to a L&D room. 

Q: Is it true that they don't have enough beds for the amount of people that come in? 
A: In my experience, I have never seen this happen. Womack tracks how many births are due in a certain time frame and will send clients elsewhere from the beginning of prenatal care if there appears to be a conflict. Womack has 9 L&D suites and 4 Triage areas. 

Q: Can my children come in with me? 
A: There can be 1 sibling per adult other than the mothers support partner. So, if you have a doula and a significant other there could be 1 child in the room. This way the mother always has a support person and the child will also always be taken care of. If this is something that you are considering do not hesitate to ask me about ways we can include the child and how I can assist in this. 

Q: What are the visiting hours? 
A: Luckily, Womack does not have any visiting hours set for the Labor and Delivery rooms. 

Q: How many visitors can  I have in the birthing room? 
A: The hospital does not have an exact set number. I have been in rooms where the mother has had 1 guest and a birth where the mom has had 6. Womack is very accommodating in this because they have seen the benefits of a mother having support (that she is comfortable with) the whole way through. 

Q: Will they let me save the placenta? 
A: Absolutely! Just make sure to write it in your birth plan, let your doula know, and everybody keeps repeating to the providers that you would like to keep the placenta! That is so important! 

Q: Do they allow residents during births? 
A: I have seen just about everybody at the delivery. I have seen everything from doctors to residents and midwives to an 18X in training. If this is something that you are uncomfortable with then you will want to include that in your birth plan. 

If you have any questions about this hospital that I did not answer here please do not hesitate to send me an email through the contact section. Even if you are not a client, I would love to talk to you about the different hospitals to decide which one is best for you!