At our Birth Centers, you’re not just another patient. When a pregnant mother chooses to bring her little one into the world at one of our hospitals, we will treat you like you’re a part of our family.
With comfortable, family-centered birthing suites and a range of delivery options, we help you feel right at home. In addition, our OBs and specialists cultivate a labor of love and will ensure you and your baby receives the best care possible before and after birth.
A Cesarean section, commonly known as a C-section, is surgery in which a doctor makes an incision in your abdomen and womb to deliver your baby.
Cesarean Sections may be either scheduled or unscheduled. A scheduled C-section is pre-arranged by your physician for reasons such as breech presentation, a large infant, a repeat C-section, etc.
An unscheduled C-section may be needed because the baby is not tolerating labor and contractions, your labor has not progressed, the baby’s head has not descended into the birth canal or other medical conditions for which your physician determines a C-section is the safest method of delivering the baby.
Discharge is typically 3 – 4 days after a Cesarean Section delivery. Your incision will be monitored to ensure it heals properly and you’ll be provided pain medication as needed. You’ll be able to go home when you’re able to tolerate food, urinate, and pass a bowel movement without difficulty.
Some women prefer to go through labor naturally with no medications, relying instead on techniques such as relaxation and controlled breathing for pain. Our Birth Centers also provide the option to have medications given during labor or have an epidural. At St. Rose Dominican, we will support your decision and aid you through the labor and delivery process as you wish.
We recommend that you discuss your pain control plan and options with your physician beforehand as some physicians have guidelines for pain management during different stages of labor.
Moms typically go home 24 – 48 hours after a standard, non-complicated vaginal delivery.
Vaginal Birth After C-section (VBAC)
A VBAC is when a woman has a vaginal birth after having had a Cesarean Section in a previous pregnancy. Some women who have had a C-section with an earlier pregnancy may wish to give birth vaginally in a subsequent pregnancy. Vaginal births require shorter recovery times and may help lessen your risks during future deliveries.
Birth Plans encouraged
Birth plans are welcomed and encouraged so every member of our team understands your preferences for your birth experience. This includes pain management choices as well as your labor support team. Birth plans need to be shared and approved by your OB/GYN.
A birth plan template can be found here: