Preparing for Your Birth

The day your baby is born will be one of the most important and most memorable days of your life — so we do everything we can to make sure your entire stay goes smoothly and according to all your plans. That means that everything that’s important to you — whether it’s having up to 4 guests with you during the birth, using a midwife, experiencing a water birth, or even giving birth in the dark (yes, we’ve done it) — is equally as important to us. The Middlesex Hospital Pregnancy and Birth Center is committed to doing everything possible to accommodate your desired birth plan.

Your Birth Plan

All new moms are encouraged to create and fill out a Pregnancy and Birth Center Plan that details their personal wishes and discuss it with their primary care provider prior to their arrival at the hospital. Our staff is very flexible and will do everything in our power to support your plan and ensure a safe, happy delivery in a supportive, caring atmosphere.

Please take a moment to review some of the services and procedures that may be part of your experience with us, and consider how you would like apply them to your personalized plan.

  • Activity in Labor: Our birth center is specially designed to allow you to walk during labor, a natural way to help your baby move down the birth canal. We’ll also do our best to accommodate any other wishes you may have, including tub baths, rocking chairs, using a birthing ball and laboring tubs, all of which can be arranged through your health provider.
  • Eating in Labor: Sips of clear fluids and ice chips are used to prevent dehydration and discomfort during the first stage of labor. For safety reasons, your stomach must be empty of solid food in case a Cesarean birth is necessary.
  • Fetal Monitoring: We’ll initially monitor your baby’s heartbeat for 20-30 minutes, and then intermittently every 15-30 minutes after that, as your condition allows. For an extra level of comfort and freedom, we use special monitoring equipment that allows you to walk around the birth center while still being monitored. Internal fetal monitoring is not used unless you or your baby needs closer monitoring.
  • Anesthesia/Pain Medication: Our experienced team will support you with comfort measures, like breathing techniques, massages and position changes. If pain medication becomes necessary, and you wish to use it, narcotic pain relievers (most commonly Stadol) are available, and we have 24-hour in-house anesthesia capabilities for patients who need epidural administration.
  • Pushing During Labor: During the pushing stage of labor, we recommend frequent position changes — such as squatting, side lying and lying with your legs supported — to keep you as comfortable as possible. Our birthing beds have squatting bar attachments, can be adjusted to many different positions to aid in pushing, and can even include a mirror if you’d like to watch your baby’s head when it crowns.
  • Episiotomy: We do not routinely perform an episiotomy (an incision in the perineum) unless you request it or the birth process needs to be sped up for your baby’s safety. Our team will use perineal massages and warm soaks, and will encourage controlled pushing to reduce the chance of an episiotomy. If one becomes necessary, we’ll use ice packs, Witch Hazel pads and Sitz baths to ease any discomfort.

Your Pregnancy and Birth Team

During your stay, our highly trained, highly experienced staff will cater to your every need and every wish. Our infant care team is ready to respond at all times and is dedicated to exceeding your childbirth expectations.  Our nurses are experts in all areas of childbirth and have a true passion for every aspect of their work. Your team will include:

  • Physicians
  • Registered Nurses
  • Obstetrical Technicians
  • Patient Service Associates
  • Unit Secretaries
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Family Practice Residents
  • Social Workers
  • Discharge Planners
  • Lactation Consultants

If you’d like to learn more about each of our team members, you can view our staff list, bios and photos.

Prenatal Education and Classes

You can never be too prepared for childbirth — whether this will be your first or fourth child. So, to help you be as confident and comfortable as possible when the big day arrives, we offer a wide range of events and classes for moms-to-be. You can also view our full list of events, classes and support groups.

Informational Session & Tour
Tue May 31, 2016 5:30pm - 6:15pm. Learn what Middlesex Hospital has to offer you during the birth of your new baby! Families are welcome to visit the maternity center via this Pregnancy & Birth Center Informational Session and Tour which is offered twice a month at 5:30 pm. You may register online at www.middlesexhospital.org , or by calling 860-358-6699. Free [Register]

Childbirth Preparation Class
Meets weekly on Saturday from 8:30am - 2:00pm starting 06/04/2016 until 06/11/2016. Learn what to expect during the labor and birth experience. Learn the mechanics of labor and birth as well as tools for coping with the demands of labor. You will view the Pregnancy & Birth Center in this two Saturday series. You may register online at www.middlesexhospital.org , or by calling 860-358-6699. Fee $100, 2 day Saturday series. [Register]

Childbirth Preparation Class
Meets weekly on Monday from 6:00pm - 8:00pm starting 05/16/2016 until 06/20/2016. Learn what to expect during the labor and birth experience. Learn the mechanics of labor and birth as well as tools for coping with the demands of labor. Your will have the opportunity to view the Pregnancy & Birth Center. This class is a 5-week series. A 3-week refresher is also available. Classes are held on an on-going basis in Middletown. You may register online at www.middlesexhospital.org , or by calling 860-358-6699. Fee $100 per couple for this 5-week series & $60 per couple for 3-week refresher. [More]

Childbirth Preparation Class
Meets weekly on Tuesday from 6:00pm - 8:00pm starting 06/07/2016 until 07/12/2016. Learn what to expect during the labor and birth experience. Learn the mechanics of labor and birth as well as tools for coping with the demands of labor. You will have the opportunity to view the Pregnancy & Birth Center. You may register online at middlesexhospital.org/pregnancycalendar. Fee $100 per couple [Register]

Informational Session & Tour
Fri June 17, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm. Learn what Middlesex Hospital has to offer you during the birth of your new baby! Families are welcome to visit the maternity center via this Pregnancy & Birth Center Informational Session and Tour. pm. You may register online at www.middlesexhospital.org/pregnancycalendar. Free of charge! [Register]

Childbirth Preparation Express Class
Sat June 25, 2016 8:30am - 4:15pm. Our one-day childbirth preparation program covers topics ranging from labor and deliver to postpartum. This class is intended for those parents who want Just the Basics as we help them understand and plan for labor, delivery and postpartum. You may register online at www.middlesexhospital.org , or by calling 860-358-6699. Fee $80 per couple. [Register]

Informational Session & Tour
Tue June 28, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm. Learn what Middlesex Hospital has to offer you during the birth of your new baby! Families are welcome to visit the maternity center via this Pregnancy & Birth Center Informational Session and Tour. pm. You may register online at www.middlesexhospital.org/pregnancycalendar. Free of charge! [Register]

Childbirth Preparation Class
Meets weekly on Saturday from 8:30am - 2:00pm starting 07/09/2016 until 07/16/2016. Learn what to expect during the labor and birth experience. Learn the mechanics of labor and birth as well as tools for coping with the demands of labor. You will view the Pregnancy & Birth Center in this two Saturday series. You may register online at www.middlesexhospital.org , or by calling 860-358-6699. Fee $100, 2 day Saturday series. [Register]

Childbirth Preparation Class
Meets weekly on Monday from 6:00pm - 8:00pm starting 07/11/2016 until 08/15/2016. Learn what to expect during the labor and birth experience. Learn the mechanics of labor and birth as well as tools for coping with the demands of labor. You will have the opportunity to view the Pregnancy & Birth Center. This class is taught in a 5-week series. A 3-week refresher is also available. Classes are held on an on-going basis. You may register online at middlesexhospital.org/pregnancycalendar. [Register]

Informational Session & Tour
Fri July 15, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm. Learn what Middlesex Hospital has to offer you during the birth of your new baby! Families are welcome to visit the maternity center via this Pregnancy & Birth Center Informational Session and Tour. pm. You may register online at www.middlesexhospital.org/pregnancycalendar. Free of charge! [Register]

Informational Session & Tour
Tue July 26, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm. Learn what Middlesex Hospital has to offer you during the birth of your new baby! Families are welcome to visit the maternity center via this Pregnancy & Birth Center Informational Session and Tour. pm. You may register online at www.middlesexhospital.org/pregnancycalendar. Free of charge! [Register]

Childbirth Preparation Class
Meets weekly on Tuesday from 6:00pm - 8:00pm starting 07/26/2016 until 08/30/2016. Learn what to expect during the labor and birth experience. Learn the mechanics of labor and birth as well as tools for coping with the demands of labor. You will have the opportunity to view the Pregnancy & Birth Center. This class is taught in a 5-week series. A 3-week refresher is also available. Classes are held on an on-going basis in Middletown. You may register online at www.middlesexhospital.org , or by calling 860-358-6699. Fee $100 per couple for 5-week series & $60 per couple for 3-week refresher. [Register]

Childbirth Preparation Class
Meets weekly on Tuesday from 6:00pm - 8:30pm starting 08/09/2016 until 08/30/2016. Learn what to expect during the labor and birth experience. Learn the mechanics of labor and birth as well as tools for coping with the demands of labor. You will have the opportunity to view the Pregnancy & Birth Center. This class is taught in a 4-week series. A 3-week refresher is also available. Classes are held on an on-going basis in Middletown. You may register online at www.middlesexhospital.org , or by calling 860-358-6699. Fee $100 per couple for 4-week series & $60 per couple for 3-week refresher. [Register]

Childbirth Preparation Express Class
Sat August 20, 2016 8:30am - 4:15pm. Our one-day childbirth preparation program covers topics ranging from labor and deliver to postpartum. This class is intended for those parents who want Just the Basics as we help them understand and plan for labor, delivery and postpartum. You may register online at www.middlesexhospital.org , or by calling 860-358-6699. Fee $80 per couple. [Register]

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