Week 31/Maternity Tour

Weighing in at three-plus pounds and measuring 18 inches long, he’s quickly approaching his birth length though he’s got to pack on another three to five pounds before D-day. Also developing at an impressive clip: your baby’s brain connections (he’s got to make trillions of them!). He’s now processing information, tracking light, and perceiving signals from all five senses. He’s also putting in longer stretches of sleep, which is why you’re probably noticing more defined patterns of awake (and moving) periods and sleeping (pretty still) periods.

Yesterday, we went on a tour of the maternity center where Parker will be born. Being born at a large, university hospital certainly has its advantages.

We will be checking in/registering on the sixth floor of the hospital which is designated as the Maternity Center. Following registration, we will be taken to the assessment center to determine if we are indeed ready to have the baby. If so, we will be admitted to a labor, delivery, and recovery (LDR) room:

The LDR rooms are quite large, with hardwood floors and light wood walls. Inside is everything needed for the labor and delivery of the baby, including a testing center, electronic medial recording, emergency equipment, and fetal heart/contraction monitors, along with some nice luxuries for the expecting parents, including a private bathroom with massage shower, TV with DVD player, and a small pullout sofa. Outside, a large waiting room is available for visitors on the LDR floor, as well as the main atrium for any overflow.

The nurse to patient ratio in LDR is 1:1 so expecting mothers will have their own nurse to assist throughout the labor. After we settle in to the room, the on-call OB and anesthesiologist will stop by for the initial check-up and to take medical history (in case pain medications need to be administered quickly later in the labor process), as well as contact my wife’s OB–since he is part of the on-call OB rotation. Following the birth, Parker will be given his initial tests in the LDR room, where we will remain for about one hour after the delivery (the hospital is very big on not separating baby and the parents).

After an hour, we will be moved to the postpartum center located on the seventh floor. The postpartum area is made of 40 rooms, 32 suites and 8 standard rooms (suites are filled on first-born, first-served basis). All rooms on postpartum are private, with a patient to nurse ratio of 4:1. In the suites are a private bathroom, entertainment center, table, chairs, and another pullout sofa. Visitors are welcome on the floor at all hours (though there is a 9:30 pm to 5:30 am ‘quiet time’). Our time in the hospital will be at least two nights (most likely a total length of three days).

All in all, it was a very informative–and reassuring–visit. We went ahead and pre-registered, so all that is left is counting down the days until check-in!

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One response to “Week 31/Maternity Tour

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