From delivery and recovery to the nursery and breastfeeding, your St. Vincent Healthcare team will be there for you and your family.
At St. Vincent Healthcare, our moms labor, deliver and recover in a comfortable, private birthing room, with individualized support tailored to each family’s needs. Each room is equipped with a soothing whirlpool tub, rocking chairs, exercise balls and other laboring aids to help with your delivery. Our rooms also have the latest technology to monitor you and your baby throughout your labor, as well as conveniences for you, your significant other and the family members in the room.
If a caesarean section is needed, we maintain our family-centered approach as much as possible. With certain exceptions, a family member is invited into one of our two state-of-the-art surgery suites to support you during the baby’s delivery.
Following a vaginal delivery, mothers remain in their birthing room for one-on-one nursing care for up to two hours, providing a wonderful time to bond with your baby and share your joy with friends and family. The nursery nurse will come to your room to help bathe and dress your baby and help him or her to breastfeed if you choose to do so. You and your baby will then settle in to one of our newly remodeled mother newborn rooms until you are ready to be discharged.
Following a cesarean birth, you, your significant other and your baby will recover together in Labor & Delivery for one to two hours, or until you are well enough to transition to the mother newborn care unit.
New mothers often prefer to keep their babies in the room with them at all times during their stay with us. But during those times when you may need to shower, rest or just have some time alone, the St. Vincent Healthcare nursery is secure, ready and waiting. The nursery is also fully equipped to provide support for babies needing non-intensive care.
Studies have long shown that breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do to help get your baby started on a healthy path. Perfectly balanced to meet your baby’s needs, breast milk provides disease-fighting antibodies and is easier for him or her to digest.
Breastfeeding also offers mothers a variety of benefits, including lowering the risk of certain health problems like postpartum depression, breast cancer and ovarian cancer. New moms also benefit from the special bonding time that nursing provides them and their little one.
At St. Vincent Healthcare we encourage women to breastfeed whenever possible; in fact, 88 percent of our new moms plan on breastfeeding their babies, with 81 percent of them choosing to nurse exclusively. Our goal, however, is to support mothers regardless of their choice of how their babies will be fed, helping them understand their baby’s feeding cues, educating them about good nutrition and making sure every newborn is fed appropriately.
If you are choosing to breastfeed your baby, we recommend participating in our breastfeeding class before your baby is born, and our nurses and lactation consultants are always available to help during your hospital stay. They understand that nursing—especially for first-time moms—can be challenging, so they are ready to answer your questions, demonstrate effective techniques and do everything they can to help make your experience as fulfilling and stress-free as possible.
Most of the babies at St. Vincent Healthcare are born healthy. A few, however, can look healthy but have one or more underlying conditions which may cause future health and developmental problems.
Occurring within 24-48 hours after birth, a newborn screening is a quick and simple way to see if such conditions exist. A simple heal stick is done to collect a tiny sample of your baby’s blood, which is then sent to a laboratory for testing. During your stay, a hearing test is also conducted (often while your baby is asleep) in an effort to detect potential hearing problems.
Montana law requires that all physicians and birth facilities screen all newborns; however, parents do have the right to refuse testing. If you opt not to have your child screened, you will be asked to sign a waiver in which you accept all responsibility for any adverse consequences.
More information about newborn screenings is available from your physician or by clicking here.