Dr. Schallock shares what occurs when a woman in labor arrives at the hospital, and she explains what happens with the baby immediately after delivery.
The typical stay from coming into, arriving to Banner Desert thinking that you are in labor, and we’ll go with the patient who is planning of having a vaginal delivery, you come into the OB triage area. There you are checked in. You are examined and evaluated by the OB triage nurses to evaluate to see if you indeed are in labor.
If you are, once you are in labor, then you are admitted to the hospital. Usually you have blood drawn. Usually you have an IV or a little Hep-lock, something placed for an IV site. You are admitted to the labor and delivery room where you are acquainted with the room.
During the course of your labor you may sometimes be monitored for the baby’s heart rate as well as for your contractions.
Roughly every two hours you will be checked, your cervix to see what progress you are making. Early in labor you may be able to ambulate, go take a cruise of the hospital, walk about there a little bit. But don’t eat. Only dad can eat when you’re in labor.
Then usually you’ll come back to the room and as things progress you will become a little bit more uncomfortable. You do have pain medication offered for yourself such as IV medication or the epidural. And then once the moment comes and you are complete and you have to push then we push and we have a baby.
Once the baby is born, the baby is usually put on mother’s abdomen so the mother can bond, kind of check out the baby. And then once mom’s ready to have the baby get weighed a scale is brought in and the baby is weighed.
And then the baby is placed over here on this nice warm, it’s got a little heater up there to keep the baby warm, where the baby is measured. They do also give the baby the eye ointment for the eyes as well as the first injection for the vitamin K.
About Dr. Carrie L. Schallock, M.D.:
Dr. Carrie L. Schallock, M.D., is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is on staff at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. She received her undergraduate degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and graduated from medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Schallock completed her post-graduate residency and internship at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. She is currently in private practice at Partners in Women’s Health in Tempe, Arizona.