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During Delivery

Where to go when you’re in labor

If you arrive at Virtua Memorial between 7 am and 8:30 pm because you’re in labor or because you are scheduled for an induction or cesarean section, enter at the front door and go directly to the labor and delivery unit. If you arrive between 8:30 pm and 7 am, enter through the emergency department.

At Virtua Voorhees, no matter what time you arrive, please park in lot "C" and enter through the Obstetrics entrance.

The admission process

Pre-registration:
If you are pre-registered, an admission representative will simply verify your information to ensure its accuracy and make copies of the necessary documentation (e.g. insurance card).

Not pre-registered:
If you have not pre-registered, the admission representative will ask you to provide identification, emergency contact and insurance information.

Depending on how your labor is progressing, this may be done at your bedside.

Triage

If you think you are in labor and come to the hospital, you'll be evaluated and monitored in our triage area.

About the triage area:

  • One member of your support team may be with you during this time.
  • Your children can stay at your side until your care plan is determined.

If you are in labor:

  • You will be admitted to the labor and delivery unit, where your other support team members can join you.
  • We ask that your children be taken home where they will be more comfortable, unless you've made prior arrangements with the nursing director to include them in your support team.

Pain management and delivery

Virtua offers a complete range of anesthesia services to help make your delivery safe and comfortable.

Vaginal birth:
If you are planning a vaginal birth, we offer patient-controlled epidural anesthesia (PCEA). PCEA gives you the ability to adjust your level of pain control, so that you can more fully experience the joy of childbirth.

Cesarean section:
If you are planning a cesarean section, we offer a few anesthetic options.

  • Epidural anesthesia: if you have a labor epidural in place, it can be used for a cesarean section
  • Spinal anesthesia: similar to an epidural but preferred for operative delivery
  • General anesthesia: for women who cannot have the spinal/epidural anesthesia

Support in the delivery room

Vaginal birth:

  • You can have up to 3 support people in the labor room with you.
  • These three people will be given wrist bands, which will give them access to the labor and delivery unit.

Cesarean section:

  • You can have 1 support person in the operating and recovery rooms with you.

Support team:

  • If you’d like a child under 13 to be a part of your support team, please discuss this in advance with the labor and delivery nursing director. An adult member of your support team must accompany the child at all times.
  • Since privacy laws prevent us from giving out patient information, we ask that your support team members update family and friends on your condition and progress.

Care partner:

  • After you've delivered, your care partner, who is often the baby's father, will be asked to wear a lanyard for identification purposes. Your care partner may stay with you during your hospital stay.

Contact

Nursing Director at Voorhees (856) 247-3929
Nursing Director at Virtua Memorial in Mount Holly at (609) 914-6820

The waiting game

We share in your family’s excitement about your new arrival, but it’s no surprise that giving birth can take a very long time. For the comfort of your family and friends who are not part of your birthing support team, we recommend that they wait at home until your baby has arrived. Also, for safety and privacy issues, we cannot allow visitors to wait outside your room or in the hallway.

VirtuaBaby content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you’ve read on VirtuaBaby. If you think you are experiencing a medical emergency, call your  doctor or 911 immediately.

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