Maternity hospitals encourage soon-to-be parents to become informed about the
labor and delivery process, along with what to expect immediately after childbirth. Knowing
what will happen, which interventions may become necessary, and which
choices are available can empower women to proactively make decisions
for their wellness. Watch this featured video to hear an obstetrician
at West Hills Hospital dispel some of the common misconceptions about
labor and childbirth.
After your baby is born, the doctor will administer Apgar assessments,
place antibiotic drops in his or her eyes, and collect a sample of cord
blood. Your baby will be thoroughly and gently rubbed dry. The nurse will
give an injection of vitamin K. Later on, more screenings and assessments
may be performed. Once your baby’s temperature is stabilized, your
baby can be bathed and given a full pediatric exam.
Following childbirth, it’s time to deliver the placenta. You may
be asked to try to urinate since a full bladder interferes with the contraction
of the uterus. A maternity provider will massage the uterus several times
to encourage its contraction. You may require stitches and you may have
the epidural catheter removed. After a vaginal birth, most women stay
in the maternity hospital for about two days.
Did you know that August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month? Consider
learning about the
benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby. If you choose to try to breastfeed, you’ll receive extensive lactation
support while in the maternity hospital. As soon as possible after the
birth, healthy, full-term infants are typically placed skin-to-skin on
their mothers. Most babies who have the opportunity to do so will try
to breastfeed within the first hour. The first milk that is produced is
colostrum. It will take a few days for the regular breast milk to come in.
West Hills Hospital is a leading maternity hospital that provides specialized care for newborns
and their parents. The New Beginnings Maternal and Newborn Care team in
West Hills offers nurturing support within our pleasant and spacious labor
and delivery suites. Expectant mothers can reach our maternity hospital
at (818) 676-4321 or visit us online for current information about childbirth
and newborn care classes.