What to Expect

Here's what you can expect before, during and after labor and delivery at WhidbeyHealth Family Birthplace.

 

  • Pregnancy
    • We support our unique community and understand the prevalence of families on the island located here due to military reasons. If you have any questions about coverage or about transferring your prenatal care, please call the Women’s Care Clinic at 360.678.0831 to speak with a nurse or go to Women’s Care page for more information
  • Our Rooms
    • We have four private Labor & Delivery Rooms that often you and your baby and family will recover in
    • Two additional inpatient rooms that mothers recover in after scheduled C-sections.
    • Three NST/Medical screening exams
  • Our Providers
    • What is an obstetrician versus a midwife?
    • Interested in establishing care with us? Please see the Women’s Care page.
  • Pain Management Options
    • Non-pharmacological methods: aromatherapy, nitrous oxide, jetted tubs, hot and cold therapy, having the ability to make your room your own personal sanctuary, wireless monitors enable mothers the freedom to move around in their rooms or in the hallway – we also have birthing and peanut balls available for use anytime
    • Pharmacological methods: pain medication given through your IV or Epidural placement by one of our experienced Anesthesia providers
  • What to Bring
    • We understand the excitement of preparing for babies arrival so we made you a list of helpful things to bring with you to the hospital! Follow this link for our list.
  • Before Baby Arrives
    • Schedule a unit tour to see our beautiful unit for yourself and meet our staff
    • Childbirth education class
    • Establish a Pediatrician
    • Decide on a support person, whether that’s a family member, spouse/significant other or a doula (list of doulas on Island)
  • WhidbeyHealth Family Birthplace Policies:
    • We have visiting hours from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. for official visiting hours but we usually leave it up to the patient when and if they desire visitors
    • Infant security is very important for your baby’s safety. All babies will be placed into our infant security system at birth. Our labor and delivery unit is a locked unit
    • Mother cannot be responsible for additional young children as a patient. Please plan ahead to have another adult that will assume this role. We want to support the bonding experience with your new baby and receive the aftercare you need to return home well rested and able to care for yourself  and your new baby. We do not have accommodations for children under 12 to stay the night so they will be asked to go home with your chosen caregiver
    • Photography is allowed in the delivery rooms, unless we ask you not to take pictures (such as newborn resuscitation). We will take pictures for you after a cesarean birth Initiating skin to skin in OR
    • Carseat: Please Remember to bring a carseat for when it is time to take your baby You may want to have the installation checked by the local fire department or a certified car seat inspector
    • Skin to skin and delayed cord clamping are things that we intend to do for you after delivery, we encourage you to let us know if you have any other requests and share your birth plan with us
  • Are You in Labor?
    • If you ever have any questions or concerns, please call your provider at the answering service at 1(800).796.1875.
  • Postpartum Period
    • Education on Purple Cry, Postpartum Depression and Anxiety, stay length for uncomplicated vaginal deliveries vary from 24-48 hours after birth; and for Cesarean births typically 48 hours after birth
  • Baby Care
    • Your baby’s stay consists of monitoring vital signs, ensuring adequate feedings, Bilirubin level which shows risk for Jaundice, Hearing screen, baby medications (Vitamin K, Erythromycin and Hepatitis B vaccine), metabolic screens, and stabilizing newborn care. We are a Level one  nursery which means we are licensed to deliver babies over 36 weeks. We support the best practices for newborn feeding whether you choose breastfeeding or bottle feeding and have our Lactation staff to assist you before and after discharge. Our pediatricians will meet you within 24 hours of delivery or come sooner should your baby need special care at or after delivery.