St. Vincent’s East makes welcoming your baby into the world a truly special experience. Known as “where babies come from”, St. Vincent’s has a longstanding tradition of outstanding maternity services. From the moment you find out you’re going to be a mom to the moment you’re holding your new baby in your arms, we’re here to guide and support you every step of the way.
When it’s time to deliver your precious baby, you’ll enjoy the comfort and feel of home in one of our private Birth Suites. We recently upgraded our Birth Suites to include 18 new rooms, which are now open. Our spacious birth suites are designed with your entire family in mind. Our new rooms include a full-size sleeper, private bathroom, glider, heated toilet, flat screen TV and refrigerator, so your family can enjoy the experience with you. The suite’s décor is soothing and attractive with subtle colors on the walls and fabrics, a comfortable bed and seating, and flooring with the look of hardwood. To further enhance the experience, we pamper our expectant moms with luxurious bath robes during your stay and a steak dinner after delivery.
In addition, our new Birth Suites are Labor Delivery Recovery Postpartum (LDRP) suites. This means your labor, recovery, and postpartum care will all be provided in the same room. In the case of a Cesarean section, we have operating and recovery rooms available. We also offer a 24-hour staffed nursery, a Lactation Center, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and a variety of perinatal and education classes through St. Vincent’s Wellness Services. To learn more, call 939-7878.
Facilities are available day and night to handle emergencies, should they arise. If a Cesarean birth is necessary, surgical areas are available. Should your baby require specialized care, our nursery is fully equipped and staffed with neonatal nurses at all times. For seriously ill or premature infants, the Kathy Bedsole Suite may be available for the family's use.
The Birth Suites offer a full range of childbirth and parenting classes taught by licensed, professional educators and available at reasonable costs. To learn more, call 939-7878.
Visit with one of our obstetricians for a preconceptual exam so that you are ready for pregnancy. If you are pregnant, early prenatal care is the single most important thing you can do for yourself and your baby. Your doctor may suggest prenatal vitamins, nutritional counseling, exercise and prenatal education classes. Call 205-838-3457 and ask for a Before Pregnancy-15 Things to Keep in Mind brochure.
First, get plenty of rest, starting with a full night's sleep every night. Try to find some time each day for a nap, or at least a time to sit down, put your feet up and relax. Second, eliminate consumption of alcohol, including wine and beer. As with cigarette smoking, maternal drinking has been linked to serious health problems in newborns. This also applies to any other types of substance use such as marijuana or cocaine. Third, with your doctor's guidance, you should select a pediatrician before your baby is born. If possible, meet briefly with your baby's doctor in advance and get answers to any questions you might have.
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