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Birth Center & Childbirth Education

Overview

Celebrating over 800 beautiful birth-days each year.
Having a baby is one of life’s greatest moments. But it also requires a great deal of planning, which begins well before the big day.

At Oaklawn, we make sure that you, your baby, and your family are completely ready for the special event. Our experienced staff go to great lengths to make sure everyone is comfortable throughout the entire process. Oaklawn offers Prepared Childbirth Education classes taught monthly by a childbirth educator.

Register online for a birth center class.

What to expect at the hospital.

You may feel more calm and prepared for labor if you know what is likely to happen when you get to the Birth Center. Oaklawn has LDRP rooms, which means providing that you have an uncomplicated birth, you may remain in the same room your entire stay.

If you arrive to the Birth Center in labor, you can expect some or all of the following:

  • Your blood pressure, pulse, and temperature will be checked.
  • You will be asked about the timing and strength of your contractions and whether your water has broken.
  • You will be placed on the electronic fetal heart rate monitor, which will monitor the baby’s heart rate and your contraction pattern.
  • You will have sterile vaginal exams to check whether your cervix is thinning and opening up.
  • You may have an IV inserted.
  • You may be encouraged to walk, which helps some women feel more comfortable during labor.
  • Depending upon how your labor is progressing, you may be able to use our Jacuzzi tubs while in labor.
  • An average stay at the Birth Center is 24-72 hours. During this stay, we do have visiting policy guidelines.

What to expect after delivery.

  • At delivery, your baby will receive a vitamin K shot and antibiotic ointment in their eyes.
  • You will need to have a chosen physician to care for your baby after delivery, if you do not we will assign one to you.
  • If you choose, your baby will receive their first Hepatitis B vaccine.
  • At 24 hours your baby will have a blood test called a PKU and Bilirubin.
  • The baby also will have a hearing test.
  • You will receive paperwork to fill out before discharge.
  • Your baby at all times will have our security system placed on them.