FAQs: Focusing on a Comfortable and Safe Childbirth
Childbirth brings wide-eyed anticipation, excitement and anxiety--all very natural reactions. At Jordan Hospital's BirthPlace, specialists involved with childbirth are always looking for ways to improve the experience in terms of clinical outcomes – a healthy mom and baby – to the emotional response – mom and dad feeling good about the experience. Dr. Brigid McCue, the new Laborist at Jordan Hospital, explains recent changes at the hospital and what exactly a Laborist does.
Q: What is a laborist?
A laborist is an obstetrician who specializes in making childbirth labor go as smoothly as possible for every patient that comes to Jordan Hospital. With dedicated and consistent clinicians, we focus all our attention on safety, respond extremely quickly to whatever arises and ultimately give more choices to the mom in labor. As a laborist at Jordan Hospital I know the people and the processes very well. That means I can get whatever we need by communicating with the right person right away. It is very basic process management, really. But when you are talking about childbirth, the result is not a more efficient system, it is a more humane and safe system.
Q: Will I know the doctor delivering my baby?
I meet with expectant mothers and fathers at Jordan Hospital around the 28-week mark to discuss medical history and birth planning. I want to know about your expectations and goals. The BirthPlace offers tours each month to familiarize you with the surroundings and the people here before your delivery date.
Q: How much choice do I have in how my baby is delivered?
We encourage you to share your plans, fears, and expectations about the birth process with our staff. We encourage personal choice in pain management for labor and delivery. The people here caring for you create a team approach, and it is your team.
Your medical condition and your baby’s are our primary concern and we have the facilities to care for you. For residents of the South Shore, Cape Cod and Islands, the BirthPlace is incredibly convenient. For newborns requiring more specialized care, the BirthPlace offers a Continuing Care Nursery (CCN) with Level 1B designation by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The CCN has an on-site neonatologist from Tufts Medical Center who works with our board-certified obstetricians, certified nurse midwives and registered nurses to care for women with both low and high risk pregnancies from the 35 week mark and later.
Q: What other questions should I be asking?
That’s the thing about childbirth, if it is a first child, new parents often don’t know what to ask. There is a sense of excitement – the adventure of parenthood. And at times, that sense of adventure is dominated by anxiety – a fear of the unknown. At Jordan Hospital we seek to put new parents at ease.
We have specialists who have helped thousands of expectant mothers and fathers feel more confident. Our pre-birth meetings give you the opportunity to ask questions and learn about those things you didn’t even know you should ask. We’ve delivered so many babies to South Shore and Cape Cod parents over the past 100+ years that if you ask around, you’ll hear some great birth stories that started right here at Jordan Hospital. At Jordan Hospital we provide personalized care for you, your family, and your newborn.
To schedule a tour of Jordan Hospital’s BirthPlace, call 508-830-2230 or online at jordanhospital.org/birthplace.