Great Expectations: Your Journey to Having a Bon Secours Baby
The COVID-19 crisis has everyone feeling a little on edge, but pregnant women and their partners are perhaps feeling the pandemic pressure more than most. Hospital tours and birthing classes have been canceled across the country as the need for social distancing increases.
That leaves some couples, especially those expecting their first child, with lots of questions and the possibility of having a baby in a facility they’ve never actually stepped foot in. So Bon Secours is now offering a virtual tour to help put parents’ minds at ease.
We’re also answering some of the most commonly asked questions:
WHEN TO ARRIVE
Your healthcare provider will give you advice about when to come to the hospital. If you are having a scheduled C-section, your physician will give you additional instructions about reporting to the hospital and preparing for your procedure at one of your last office visits.
WHERE TO GO
Enter St. Francis Medical Center through the main entrance, and walk past the waterfall to take the stairs or elevator to the 2nd floor where the Labor and Delivery unit is located. Once there, you’ll check in at our registration desk. You will be asked to provide your ID and insurance card.
LABOR AND DELIVERY
During labor and delivery, each mom-to-be will get her own private suite. These updated rooms are fully equipped with the technology you need to have a safe, comfortable and smooth delivery. While the rooms are technologically advanced, they also have a home-like feel to provide you a sense of comfort and warmth during your birthing experience.
Your nurse will ask you what your plans are for pain management. Whatever pain management method you choose, your nurses will support your decision and let you know what to expect as labor progresses. St. Francis has anesthesiologists available 24/7.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER DELIVERY?
After your birth, you and your baby will be moved to a room in the Mother/Infant Unit. As part of our Family Friendly philosophy, babies are kept in the room with you throughout the entire hospital stay. The rooms have a sofa perfect for Dad or another family member to room-in with mom, as well as private bathrooms with a walk-in shower. Free wireless internet access is ALSO available.
The Mother Infant nurses provide expert clinical care for both you and your infant during your stay and will let you know how to care for yourself once you return home.
Pain management after delivery is a priority. Your physician will prescribe pain medication that is safe for you (and your baby, if you are breastfeeding). These medications are usually prescribed “as needed” instead of on a schedule, so please let your nurse know when you need medication. We use a pain scale from 1 (no pain) to 10 (extreme pain) and suggest you ask for pain medicine when you are at a 3 or 4 on the pain scale.
NEONATAL SPECIALTY CARE UNIT (NSCU)
Very few babies will ever need Neonatal Specialty Care Unit, but you can find comfort knowing Bon Secours is fully equipped to provide the best care for your baby. We offer a 24/7 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for premature babies as well as full-term infants who may have breathing difficulties, poor feeding skills, or trouble regulating body temperature.
Find more FAQs surrounding our policies for labor and delivery at our Richmond hospitals here.
Breastfeeding Warm Line: 804-594-2229