Delivery Day

Delivery Day

Labor of love

So you’re having contractions, but is it really labor? Truth be told, it can be hard to tell the difference between Braxton Hicks contractions and true labor. Braxton Hicks will usually go away during exercise or activity, and are felt more during rest. True labor pains typically continue or increase with activity. To read more about Braxton Hicks and the stages of labor, please read: Contractions During Pregnancy: What to Expect.

Packing for your stay

We provide you with quite a few things to make your stay the best it can possibly be, but there are a few items you’ll want to bring from home. Rather than leave you guessing, we’ve put together a packing list to ensure nothing gets forgotten.

We know babies at the Birthways unit in Mary Greeley Medical Center

"Such a wonderful place with amazing nurses
and midwives and so many caring people!
I always felt well taken care of and
my every need was met!
Thanks MGMC Birthways for helping us
welcome our new baby girl!"
- Katie, Birthways mom

Baby on board

When it’s time for your baby’s delivery, you’ll go directly to Birthways where you can enjoy our cozy birth suites and the attentiveness of our 24 hour staff. Keep in mind that if your baby decides to be born after 9 p.m., you’ll need to come in the Emergency Room doors instead of the hospital’s main entrance. If you need to, check out the hospital map. It's also a good idea to be familiar with some temporary traffic and parking changes at the hospital due to construction.

Lullaby and good night

Every time a baby is born at Birthways, Mozart’s Sonata in A is played for the whole hospital to hear. 

Skin to skin

Stable newborns will be placed skin-to-skin with mom after birth. Whether you choose to breastfeed or not, all newborns benefit from skin-to-skin contact.  The benefits include: increased maternal/newborn bonding, newborns are less likely to cry long-term, and babies have faster stabilization of their heart rate, respirations, blood pressure and temperature.

In good hands

Birthways has a Level II, four-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), for babies that need a little more care when they arrive.

Spread the good news

We know that you may have a lot of people to tell about your little one’s arrival, and a lot of people who will want to celebrate it. We make it easy for you.

  • Whether you need to email people, change your Facebook status, or tweet about your new baby finally being here—our free wireless access allows you to do one, or all three.
  • Families and friends are more than welcome to send flowers, gifts, and greetings. We have a nice assortment of items offered in our online Gift Shop.
  • Share photos of your baby through our online nursery provided by Bella Baby Photography. (Please note with this, that we do take your privacy seriously. As a parent you will have the option of signing a consent form so that your baby’s picture can be posted on the medical center's website. We do not, however, release the photograph for any other purpose, or any other request).
Baby with family

We want to provide rest for our new families,
so visits should be brief. We have a quiet time
each afternoon from 1:30-3:30 pm. Please
schedule visits around this time.

Visits from home

Your birthing experience is all about you, your baby, and your family. At Birthways, we understand that you want your friends and loved ones to meet your baby and share in your experience. We have an open visitation policy and only ask that you screen your visitors to make sure they are healthy prior to visiting. We ask that all guests stop at the nurse’s station first so we can call your room to make sure you’re up for visitors.

Decisions, decisions

From the time you first found out you were pregnant, you’ve been making decisions. There are two in particular that you may have already decided on, but they will need to be confirmed on delivery day.

  • We’ll need to know if you plan on breastfeeding. Our staff includes lactation consultants that are there to help you along the way. We’ve also created a page on our website dedicated entirely to breastfeeding to help answer any questions you may have. If you are on the fence with your decision, you might try breastfeeding. It is easier to stop nursing than to wish later that you had started! This priceless opportunity to nurse this baby comes only once.
  • If you give birth to a son, we’ll need to know if you plan on having him circumcised. Circumcision is not typically medically necessary, and is usually elective, meaning it is your choice whether to have it done. Questions may arise with this though, so feel free to read our overview on circumcision.

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