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.