[GENTLE MUSIC PLAYING] You have your baby there. And you hold it, and you are a mom. And he — he's a son. And it was beautiful, to experience that skin to skin.

[BABY COOING]

We're here in our Family Birth Center with one of our expectant mothers, who is using some of our natural birthing methods during her labor course. So she broke her bag of water at home. She came in to us here. She's been walking around the unit to kind of stimulate contractions in her labor pattern.

You just relax a little bit. Your partner is there. You hug each other, stay with him and dance a little bit. It was very useful. It's a special moment.

OK.

Very good now.

Are you comfortable on the ball?

I'm comfortable. It will help more the baby.

So they are there with you when you are in labor. And then you say that OK, I need to do it, but if I don't have a team behind me, I cannot make it. But they were there. It was a fantastic team.

I think you've done a really good job of walking around, doing all of the things to kind of promote this. And I know the contractions are getting harder, so that's great.

We know that she's-- she's doing the best for us. We trust here. We say, OK, let's go with the next procedure.

I think it's best if we start a little bit of pitocin.

OK.

So the goal of the pitocin will be to get the contractions to be every two to three minutes. What questions do you have for me?

I am guessing that it will be harder and harder. Right?

It will. It will get more painful, more frequently more painful.

OK.

OK? So you do all of the things. You can continue to walk, whatever is comfortable for you.

So we're trying to mimic as much as we can of what your body would do. We don't just give you a big bunch of pitocin right away and make the contractions extremely painful, extremely close together. That's not how this works. That's not beneficial.

Dad? Do you want to cut the cord?

Right above that.

Right above the other thing? Or here?

Yes.

I cut the cord.

I was overwhelmed with emotion. I wish I could hold the baby, but they had to bring him to check. So I couldn't. But I'm happy that she had this moment. I'm taking pictures. And I stopped taking pictures. Just I don't know. I was taking pictures and looking at you. But you were beautiful with the baby. And it was — I don't know. It was — It was very emotional. [MUSIC PLAYING]

From the moment you arrive at the hospital to the moment your family is discharged, you will experience a nurturing environment for one of your most cherished milestones.

Our team of dedicated experts offers:

Our focus remains on you and how you experience your child's birth.

Labor and Delivery Safety Precautions During COVID-19

We know this is a very special time in your life, and these are also difficult times with the current pandemic. You may be wondering what your care will look like and if things will be different. We want you to know that our team is here to care for you and your family. 

Some things have changed to keep you and your family safe during this time. We have developed protocols in coordination with the infectious diseases team and other specialists, including from other prestigious healthcare institutions from Boston, New York and Texas, to provide the safest and most evidence-driven care for all our patients during the pandemic.

When you arrive, you and your support person must both wear a mask when in the hospital. This is recommended by the CDC and the hospital has put this in place to keep everyone safe when they are here.

We are testing every patient in Labor and Delivery for COVID-19. This is very important for you and your family to make sure you get the care you need during and after your delivery. If you test positive, the team recommends that you be separated from your baby after delivery. We will talk with you about the next steps and what we recommend for you.

Patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 are treated with special isolation precautions, involving the use of protective equipment to prevent the spread of the virus to other patients and staff.

Your support person is an important member of your care team. This person must also wear a mask in the hospital.

We also want to make sure your support person has meals when at the hospital. We will have three meals a day delivered for them.

Your support person must stay in your hospital room for the entire time you are here. If your support person leaves, they will not be allowed back into the hospital. They will only be allowed to pick you up outside when it is time for you to go home.

Read more important information about guidelines and requirements for your support person during COVID-19.

When your baby arrives, they will stay with you in your room until you go home. Your baby will be cared for by a dedicated pediatrician and care team in the hospital. It is important that when you or your support person hold your baby that you wash your hands really well. This will help keep your baby safe from germs. Your care team will keep providing you with the best care. You will have a doctor and nursing team caring for you during your stay.

If you need any other support, we have resources here to help you. This includes a lactation consultant if you are breastfeeding, emotional or spiritual advisors, and support to help with bonding and developmental resources.

We also have our in-room entertainment (GetWell Network) with a variety of educational videos to support you in caring for your new baby. Ask your nurse to connect you with any of these resources. Everyone is here to help support you.

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Equipped with private delivery suites, two large natural birthing suites and state-of-the-art operating rooms, the Family Birth Center was designed to optimize your comfort, safety and options as you welcome your newest loved one.