Giving Birth at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center


– [Announcer] Welcome to the birthing pavilion at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, offering you a comfortable, private, and calm place to give birth. Our top priority is for you to have the childbirth experience that is right for you. Our nurses will form a team with your obstetrician or midwife to make sure your labor and birthing preferences are accommodated as best as possible throughout your time with us. The birthing pavilion offers private labor and delivery rooms, featuring a sofa bed and rocking chair. For your convenience, every room has its own bathroom with a shower. Our spa room is a very popular feature for our mothers in active labor. They find that the water is very helpful during contractions. We’re very fortunate on the birthing pavilion to have the intensive care nursery right down the hall and they’re very helpful with any situation during delivery not just emergency cases. We have two operating rooms here. They’re both fully equipped and are generally used for C-sections, but there are other procedures we could do here should the need arise. We are a designated baby friendly hospital which means that we support the bond between mom and baby, provide breastfeeding assistance with board certified lactation consultants and initiate skin to skin contact immediately after birth and throughout your stay. Our lactation consultants give moms the skill and confidence to initiate and continue breastfeeding. They’re also available once you’re discharged, and you can set that up by calling the Lactation Office. We don’t have set visiting hours. However, if your family or any visitors have a cold, flu, or flu-like symptoms, we ask them not to come visit. Security is one of our top priorities and every baby will be fitted with a little security tag that goes on his or her ankle, and if the baby gets near an exit, the doors will alarm. Remember, you are the team leader during your delivery and if there is something you are not sure of or something about your care you wish to change, we’re here to listen and help guide you. We’re very proud of our unit and our staff here and we look forward to welcoming you here at the birthing pavilion.

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