Labor, Delivery and Recovery
It is the moment you spend nine months waiting for, yet it comes so fast. There are a number of steps that you can take before you go into labor that will help make that ‘frantic’ moment a bit less stressful.
Please call obstetrics before leaving home at 641-628-6613. The hospital is located at 404 Jefferson Street. If you are experiencing signs of labor, please go directly to obstetrics. A nurse will evaluate you, notify your doctor and assist you with the admission process. If you are scheduled for a C-Section, you will need to stop at registration to sign paperwork.
Your labor, delivery and recovery experience will take place in one of our beautifully decorated suites. Obstetrics in central Iowa provides for the special needs of you and your baby in our labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) suites. All LDRP suites are private, offering comfort and safety to both you and your baby. Suites feature state-of-the-art fetal monitoring equipment, birthing beds, spacious bathrooms and pipeless whirlpool tubs. You’ll also have individualized lighting for mom, baby and guest, a DVD player and wireless access. You can choose to keep your baby with you in your suite or, whenever you wish, your baby can spend time in the nursery which is just steps away.
Should a Cesarean delivery be necessary, our surgical suites are very close. There are usually multiple people in the surgical suite during a C-section delivery: a general surgeon, your obstetric doctor (to assist the surgeon), another family practice doctor (to take care of the baby), an obstetrics nurse (also to take care of the newborn), two surgical nurses and a nurse anesthetist.
Moments after your baby is born, your labor partner will have the opportunity to cut the umbilical cord. The baby will be wrapped in a blanket and you will be able to see your baby in the operating room. After bonding, the nurse will take your baby and support person to obstetrics where your baby will be weighed and the nurse will get their footprints for the birth certificate and baby book. After approximately 30-45 minutes of recovery, you and your baby, as well as your birthing partner, will be together again in obstetrics for postpartum care.
The time parents spend with their babies in the first few days is very important. Holding, feeding and caring for your baby in the hospital is a perfect way to bond. Pella Regional staff encourages parents to be active in caring for their babies. Many teaching opportunities are provided to parents about infant care, feeding, and what to expect as a baby begins to grow.
Skin to skin time is contact immediately after birth between mother and baby, which lasts for at least an hour after birth. Nursing staff strives to help new mothers bond with their babies in this way. Babies who enjoy skin to skin time with their mother:
- Are more likely to latch within the first hour after birth.
- Are more likely to latch on well, which helps a mom’s milk production.
- Have more stable and normal skin temperatures.
- Have more stable and normal heart rates and blood pressures.
- Have normal blood sugars.
- Are less likely to cry.
- Are more likely to breastfeed exclusively for a longer period of time.
Our visiting hours allow you to share your joy with family and friends. Spouses, support people and siblings of the baby are welcome. We encourage them to participate in this joyous time and to learn about the new baby. Other guests may visit during normal visiting hours from 10 am - 8:30 pm.
Safety and Security
Our department is locked 24 hours a day to provide extra security for our new moms and babies. All newborns wear a security device for protection and safety. Therefore, visitors must be buzzed in by a staff member. Please advise visitors to press the intercom to the right of the door to the department to signal staff.
Children less than 12 years old and who are not siblings of the baby are not allowed into obstetrics, but are invited to view the baby through the nursery viewing window.
To protect your newborn from infection, children or adults with colds, fever or communicable diseases cannot be in direct contact with your baby. All visitors must wash their hands before holding or touching a newborn to prevent unwanted germs.
During your stay with us, a volunteer will stop by and congratulate you with a “Stork Snack.” You’ll receive a light snack and a congratulatory gift bag.
Before going home, you’ll enjoy a “Stork Meal.” This special dinner for two provides a time for you to quietly celebrate the birth of your baby. We also offer complimentary meals for your support person from our hospital cafeteria.