St. Boniface Hospital—Woman & Child Clinical Program

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Some women will make trips to the hospital believing they are in labor only to be sent home. Don’t worry. It can happen to anyone, no matter how many children you’ve had. Here at St. Boniface, our aim is to make sure you stay at home in comfort until it is time to be at the hospital.

Go directly to the 3rd floor. This is where births happen at St. Boniface. Look for the sign that says Obstetrical Triage. The first person you’ll meet is one of our registration clerks. The registration clerk will do all the paperwork necessary to admit you to one of our birthing areas.

Depending on availability, women whose pregnancy has proceeded smoothly and whose caregivers expect a normal, vaginal birth without any complications will usually have their baby in the LDRP area on the 3rd floor. LDRP stands for Labour, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum. It means that your baby’s birth and your stay after will all happen in this one room.

The opening of your uterus—that’s where your baby has been growing the last nine months—is called the cervix. Before labour begins, the cervix is closed. As your contractions continue, the cervix softens and opens. This is called dilation and is what we’re looking at when we’re checking the progress of your labour.

We believe the bonding, or attachment, between mother and child should start immediately after birth. So, as long as your baby doesn’t require additional support, the caregiver will place her on your chest so you can see and touch her.

Studies have found that moving during labour helps your baby settle into a position that makes the birth easier. Position changes can also help relieve some of the discomfort associated with labour and you’ll be encouraged to do so frequently while you’re in your room.

Although its intensity varies from person to person, for some women, the pain level involved in labour and birth, especially in a prolonged labour, becomes too high. If this is the case for you, your nurse will discuss alternate methods of pain relief with you.

If you or your baby is going to need extra care during and after birth, you’ll be in L&D, which stands for labour and delivery. There’s more equipment here than the in LDRP rooms, and there may be more staff present at the birth of your child.

After a couple of hours in your room to make sure you and your baby are dong well, you’ll go to a post-partum room where you’ll spend the rest of your stay with us.

Sometimes during labour, your caregiver will recommend that a vaginal birth is not the best choice for you and your baby. In this event, you’ll be moved to an operating room, where a caesarian section can be performed.

If your baby was born early or needs some extra care, she’ll be taken to NICU—the neonatal intensive care unit. Here, your baby can be monitored and supported in a controlled environment.