Wyoming Medical Center strives to create a warm, comfortable environment for babies and families. That includes the comfort of our mothers-to-be. We offer a variety of pain control methods and encourage you to discuss these with your doctor before labor. Along with natural childbirth, we offer:
Medications: Whether delivered as an injection or through an existing IV line, these medications are standard for pain, providing sufficient pain relief for many women with minimal risk to both mother and baby. Doses are limited during labor and delivery to avoid impacting the baby at birth.
Epidurals: An epidural involves a local anesthetic administered through a catheter in the epidural space in your lower back, just next to your spine. An epidural provides significant pain relief while allowing you to remain awake and able to participate in the delivery process. Side effects may include low blood pressure, nausea and dizziness.
Intrathecal: An intrathecal is a local anesthetic injected into the spinal fluid through your back. Pain relief is substantial during early labor but may not be as effective as labor progresses. Side effects may include itching, nausea and difficulty in urinating.
Sometimes, a woman would prefer a different kind of support than a typical physician during the process of giving birth from a typical physician. They may choose to have a doula. Doulas provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to the laboring family and accompany a woman or couple throughout the birthing experience. Studies show when a woman uses a trained labor support person there is a:
- 50 percent reduction in caesarean birth
- 30 percent decrease in requests for pain medication
- 25 percent decrease in length of labor
- 25 percent decrease in oxytocin use
WMC does not provide doula services, however you can contact Women’s Services for information on doulas (307) 577-2378.
After the birth
If you have chosen to breastfeed your baby, our Lactation Support nurses are available to provide you with any help you may need during your stay or after discharge. We also offer manual and electric breast pumps for rent. Please call (307) 577-2942 for more information.
Comfort for dads
Many fathers wish to spend the night and we are happy to accommodate you. We have pull-out couches in all our rooms. You may also wish to order a guest tray from Mom’s menu (there is a charge for this, so please consult the menu for instructions), bring food from the cafeteria, or bring in outside food.
Your day of discharge will be a busy one. Here is what you can expect prior to leaving the hospital:
- Your physician will need to see you and write discharge orders for you, while the pediatric hospitalist will need to see the baby and write discharge orders for the baby. These will be delivered by your nurse before you leave.
- You may need to receive vaccinations such as Tdap, flu vaccine, Rhogam and Rubella.
- Your baby will have a blood test, called the Newborn Screen (PKU), which is a heel stick. This test is for rare genetic disorders and is required by the state. Sometimes the physician will require other blood tests, such as a test for jaundice, before allowing your baby to go home.
- Your baby will be screened for cardiac defects at 24 hours of age.
- A hearing screen will be performed and results provided to you. Please be aware the amount of time needed for testing will vary from baby to baby.
- Circumcisions are usually performed the morning of discharge.
- Depending on the condition of the umbilical cord, the nurse may remove the clamp from the cord.
- The nurse will check the baby’s identification bands and verify that the numbers match those on your band.