Vaginal Delivery

When it is time to deliver your baby vaginally, a small team of staff members will enter the room to attend the birth.

  • Your legs will be placed in stirrups to make pushing easier for you.
  • Your nurse will guide you on when and how to push most effectively to help ensure the safety of mom and baby.
  • Pushing lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours, with most mothers falling somewhere in between that range.
  • When your baby is born, the doctor and nurse will place the baby on your chest if there are no complications.
  • Your nurse will dry your baby and assess the health of your baby. When your baby is dry, you can place your baby skin to skin.
  • Some babies require a little help transitioning from the womb to the world. If that’s the case, nurses will take your baby to the warmer located in your room and where your baby will receive needed help, such as oxygen or a heat lamp. As soon as the baby is stable the nurse will offer skin to skin contact for you.