Health Connect Summer 2019 Comfort Menu - Kirstie Hassebrock with her newborn son, Grayson. She made use of a new comfort menu while in labor 
on Birthways.

Comfort Menu & Pain Control

When Mary Greeley Medical Center wanted to better meet the needs of people in labor, we talked to patients like you. That's how we created the Birthways Comfort Menu, an extensive list of services to enhance your well-being and relieve stress. We also offer a wide range of options to help ease contractions and manage pain.

Putting You First

Expect Birthways to respect your goals, preferences, and values when it comes to your birthing experience. When you're creating your birth plan or you arrive at your labor and delivery suite, select options from our comfort menu that work best for you. Our staff will honor your requests as much as possible while keeping you safe.

What's on the Comfort Menu?

Your comfort menu is available in your Birthways room. Tell your nurse which items you'd like to try.

For Your Comfort

You can ask for:

  • Cold or warm pack
  • Extra pillow
  • Fan
  • Lotion or lip balm
  • Non-skid socks
  • Snacks
  • Warm blanket
  • Warm or cool washcloth

Personal Care Items

We can provide:

  • · Comb or hairbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Nail file
  • Shaver
  • Shampoo or conditioner
  • Toothbrush or toothpaste

Comfort Actions

Based on what feels right to you and where you are in the birthing process, pick activities such as:

  • Dancing slowly
  • Gentle stretching
  • Showering
  • Walking in the hall
  • Taking a whirlpool bath
  • Sitting on a birthing ball or peanut ball to lessen pelvic area-discomfort and gently open the hips, making delivery easier

Relaxation Services

Let us make your environment and experience as soothing as possible. You can request:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Chaplain visit for spiritual support
  • Lights out, door closed, or window shade pulled down
  • Guided breathing exercises
  • Massage therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Quiet, uninterrupted time with your nurse

Pain Relief Options

Talk to your Birthways healthcare team about:

  • Your goals for your labor and delivery experience, including preference for a medicated or non-medicated birth
  • Any known allergies
  • Your current medications

Count on us to explain your options and the potential benefits, risks, and side effects of different drugs. Our pain management providers are available 24/7. We offer:

  • Epidural, which uses anesthesia to numb the lower half of your body without causing you to lose alertness
  • IV (intravenous) pain medicine
  • Pain medicine you take orally (by mouth)

Designed With You in Mind

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Birthways Guide

Birthways Guide

Download our printable Birthways Guide book for lots of resources to help prepare you for your pregnancy, delivery day and beyond.

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