Deliveries are Our Specialty
New families just starting out, and families that are growing, can rely on us to provide a safe, comfortable and caring environment to welcome their little ones.
With more than 4,000 new babies born at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital each year, we know what a special event the birth of your baby is for you and your family. We have the largest and most experienced maternity center and neonatal intensive care unit in southwest Virginia. Our experience is part of our history and we are proud that it shows in everything we do. During your pregnancy, labor, delivery and after your baby is born, we offer a complete range of high-quality maternity and neonatal services.
Our highly skilled OB/GYN department is equipped with the latest technology and facilities with 24-hour anesthesia support, to manage both high-risk and normal deliveries. Our board-certified obstetricians are assisted by a highly skilled team of registered nurses, nurse practitioners and technicians. Certified perinatologists who specialize in maternal/fetal medicine are available to help manage high-risk pregnancies, and our board-certified neonatologists are ready 24 hours a day to care for premature or sick newborns.
Our Nursing Staff
Labor and Delivery nurses are all cross-trained and rotate regularly through LDR, the OB operating rooms, our perinatal special care unit and triage. All nurses have extensive training in both low- and high-risk obstetrical care and are trained as labor coaches, lactation support and are certified in electronic fetal monitoring.
Labor Delivery / Recovery (LDR)
Our 26 private birthing rooms are designed for your comfort and support so you can labor and deliver in the same bed, without having to move to another room. Upon arrival, your LDR nurse will assist you in getting settled and go over your birth plan to help ensure your wishes are followed with the approval of your physician. All of our rooms have space to accommodate the LDR team and your support persons. Each room is decorated in soft colors and warm wood tones to help create a relaxed and home-like environment so that you can focus on the birth of your baby. For your added comfort, each room contains:
- Private bathroom
- Recliner/sleep sofa
- DVD/CD player
- Color television
Your health and the health of your newborn are our primary focus. All LDRs are fully equipped with the most up-to-date obstetrical and fetal monitoring technology, as well as a completely furnished alcove for stabilizing the newborn's vital signs. Should the need arise; three operating suites for Cesarean delivery are centrally located within the LDR area, along with post-anesthesia recovery rooms. Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for newborns who need intensive medical care is located nearby on the 14th floor.
Sharing the Birthing Experience
To help us with your birthing experience, please begin thinking about whom you would like with you during the sensitive time periods surrounding birth. When you are admitted to the hospital to have your baby, the nurse will ask you for the names of persons you wish to have with you during the following important times. This will help us provide the privacy that you require while honoring your wishes. These periods are:
- Labor: This can be a lengthy period. Many women have a support person who stays all the time but may also want others to be able to “visit” periodically.
- Delivery (the actual birth of your baby): Additional hospital personnel and equipment will be needed during this time so the room will be more crowded.
- Bonding (the first hour after birth): This is a time when nurses will be doing frequent assessments of you and your baby. It is also the best time to start breast-feeding. Most infants experience an alert state in the first hour following birth. This alert state is followed by a deep sleep. Breast-feeding is a learned experience, so it is best to take advantage of the infant’s natural alertness immediately after birth to begin this learning process of feeding and bonding. Some mothers find it distracting to have numerous family and friends present during this period. During the bonding period, nurses will suggest ways to keep the baby warm. One of the best ways to do this is what we call “skin to skin” contact, which can be done whether you breast- or bottle feed.
Occasionally, circumstances may arise in which family and/or visitors will be asked to leave your room. Please make sure that they are aware of the possibility.
Moving to the Mother/Baby Unit
Once you and your baby have been assessed and are comfortable, you will be moved together to a new room in the Mother/Baby Unit on the twelfth floor. Over the next 48 hours, the staff will help facilitate your stay here as a period of rest and recovery. If you plan to breastfeed, our postpartum nurses will answer any questions you may have. For added comfort, patient rooms on the Mother/Baby unit feature:
- Some private bathrooms
- Sleep sofa
- Color television
Should a medical difficulty arise with breastfeeding, our lactation consultants are available. Your adult support person is welcome at all times in your private room. For all other guests, visiting hours for the Mother/Baby Unit are 10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
In keeping with our philosophy to promote healthy family beginnings, the Mother/Baby Unit will utilize a Couplet-Care model. This evidence-based approach cares for you and your newborn as one family, providing every mother and baby a single nurse caregiver each shift.
Our new unit supports this improved style of care in a comfortable and secure environment.
The Family Waiting Room
There are family waiting areas located on both maternity floors. In order to assure safety and privacy for all of our patients, we cannot permit visitors to wait in hallway. It is important that your visitors understand this. We understand that childbirth can be a very exciting and anxious time for those family and friends who are waiting. It is helpful for those waiting to periodically check on you. Direct phone access to the nursing station and your room is available in each waiting area. We will be happy to provide appropriate information if it is agreeable to you. Your support person can also easily call from your room and share updates with visitors who are waiting.
Assuring a Safe Birth Experience
Our goal is to assure a safe environment which promotes family-centered care while providing the personal and intimate birth experience you desire. Our security system permits access to family and friends, while at the same time providing you and your infant with the privacy and safety you desire.
Preparing for Your Hospitalization
It is best if you have a responsible and reliable adult accompany you to the hospital and drive you home. Please do not bring children or infants with you to the hospital.
You may bring the following items to make you more comfortable:
- Robe and slippers
- Medications you are currently taking
- Insurance card
- Going home outfit and receiving blanket for the infant
- Comfortable outfit for mom’s trip home
Please be aware that state law requires a federally approved car safety seat for transporting your infant.
When It’s Time to Come to the Hospital
If you are coming to the hospital in labor or with a pregnancy-related complaint, follow Emergency signs. Patients may be dropped off at the Emergency Department entrance and parking is available nearby. Enter the Emergency Department and go to the reception desk, where they will determine the location of your care (Emergency Department or OB triage on the Labor and Delivery unit).
Note: You should always call your doctor with any pregnancy-related concerns (e.g., labor, bleeding, pain or ruptured membranes). Your doctor can assist you in determining the time that you should come to the hospital.
If you are coming to the hospital for a scheduled induction or scheduled cesarean section delivery, two parking garages (Terrace View and Riverwalk) are available free of charge. If assistance is needed, our parking team will guide you to the appropriate parking area. Enter the South Front entrance and go to the Guest Services desk, where you will be directed to Patient Registration and then escorted to the Labor and Delivery unit (13th Floor, South Pavilion).