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5 Things to Expect from Labor & Delivery

West Suburban Medical Center newborn baby prenatal labor and deliveryThank you for considering West Suburban Medical Center of White Rock for the labor and delivery of your child. We want you to know that the health and well being of our moms and their babies in a family centered environment is our number one priority. Our staff and medical professionals promote evidence-based maternity care throughout the entire birth process.

As a future patient, you can expect these five things from our labor and delivery department.

#1: Experienced Physicians and Nursing Staff During Your Entire Hospital Stay

We have a team of experienced registered nurses, obstetricians, neonatologists, and neonatal nurse practitioners who assist during labor, birth, and throughout your entire hospitalization. This ensures mothers receive the support, comfort, and guidance they need to handle the labor and delivery and postpartum process in a calm, safe way.


#2: Pain Management For Labor

Pain management in labor is a concern for many mothers. We encourage that you talk to your healthcare provider about options for pain control in labor to make an informed choice about your options for pain relief during labor. It is important to keep an open mind and know what options are available for pain relief

Our experienced nurses are available to support mothers who want the birthing process to be as natural as possible. Our free Prepared Childbirth Classes teach relaxation, breathing, and other techniques to support natural childbirth.

For mothers desiring alternative measures for pain relief, we have options for analgesia or anesthesia if desire. We have an experienced team of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists on staff who are available to provide you with an epidural if desired.


#3: Mother-Baby Rooming-in

We encourage and practice mother-baby rooming in 24 hours a day. Keeping your baby close to you in your room day and night fosters mother-child bonding when it matters most – right after birth. As soon as your baby is born, unless special care is needed, your infant will be placed skin to skin with you and remain close to you. This promotes healthy emotional attachment and easy access for on-demand breastfeeding.


#4: Breastfeeding Support

Breastmilk has been scientifically proven to provide optimal health, nutritional, and developmental benefits to newborns and their mothers. Our entire nursing team has extensive training to support mothers and their babies with the breastfeeding process. We also have certified lactation consultants on staff who visit each mother and baby during your stay to educate and guide mothers and babies to successful nursing.

We support initiating breastfeeding within the first hour after birth and recommend exclusive breastfeeding (feeding only breastmilk to your baby) according to the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations during your stay. The lactation consultants are available to visit and support you during your hospital stay. Their goal is to help increase the chances of successful breastfeeding after leaving and overcome any challenges that are identified.


#5: Discharge Plan

Every mother and baby leaving our postpartum department receives information on self-care and infant care following discharge from the hospital. We want our care to extend beyond leaving our hospital.

Birthing is a normal, natural process. Mothers and babies have the knowledge needed for a successful birth. They simply need support and reassurance from professionals. This is why we are here. We want to guide you through this amazing moment in your life.

After delivery, we continue providing you with the knowledge you need to feel confident because your instincts will direct you in the right way to care for your baby. While breastfeeding is natural, it’s not easy. We are here to help you make it work.


Contact us today for a tour of our labor and delivery department, and to learn more about how we can make the birthing process one that you will look back on with a smile.