Family-Centered Birth Choices
Our facility is designed to facilitate all your family-centered birth choices.
Movement During Labor – For a majority of women, walking and changing positions through
the labor process is beneficial for emotional as well as physical comfort.
Water Therapy – Deep soaking tubs and warm showers to enhance relaxation and comfort.
Wireless Waterproof Monitoring – Wireless monitoring maximizes mobility and leaves you unattached
to a machine allowing you to walk around, fully use the birthing suite
and the deep soaking tub, while your nurse monitors your baby.
Massage – Massage decreases tension, encourages relaxation, and enhances
the release of endorphins, which create a greater sense of calm and well-being
Soothing Music – To enhance the mood and your relaxation, music can be played on
the DVD player available in your room. We encourage you to bring your
favorite CDs from home.
Amusement – Sometimes a little distraction is needed during labor. A DVD player
is available for you and your family to enjoy educational or entertaining videos.
Labor Ball – A large gym ball, used prenatally as well as during labor to ease
back pain, promotes comfort and facilitates the progress of labor. It
is available in different sizes.
Birthing Stool – A comfortable way for women to use a squatting position to facilitate
labor and delivery.
Doula – Many women or couples find reassurance and greater confidence
during childbirth with the assistance of a doula (pronounced doo-la).
A doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous emotional
and physical support during labor.
Peanut Ball – A large peanut-shaped ball used during labor to promote fetal
rotation and descent by widening and opening the pelvis.
Analgesia & Anesthesia – If needed or desired, intravenous or epidural medications can
be administered 24 hours a day by trained personnel. CVMC's Birthing
Center has an anesthesiologist and nurse anesthetist on staff at all times
to meet your needs.
Nitrous Oxide – Used for pain relief during labor and delivery, it gives patients
another option for pain management in addition to IV pain medications
or an epidural. It relieves pain, decreases stress and causes excitement