When Your Labor Begins
Your obstetrician will give you instructions about what to do when labor begins. Our Women's Board Birthing Suite, where you will labor, deliver and bond with your infant, is located on the fourth floor of the Toll Pavilion.
You may enter the hospital through the main entrance or Buerger Entrance from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m., please enter through the Emergency Trauma Center. Your spouse or support person may park in any of our garages. Zipley and Woodland garages are the closest to the Lenfest and Toll Pavilions.
A Very Special Experience
Every birth is unique. Our team of healthcare professionals will work with you to personalize your experience and will try to accommodate any special requests.
Our home-like labor/delivery/recovery rooms contain all the medical equipment necessary for a safe delivery. Following recovery, our experienced nurses encourage moms, coaches and babies to remain together throughout the hospital stay. This provides moms an opportunity to learn and enhance baby care skills, so they gain confidence when they bring baby home.
While you're in labor, our specially trained nurses will be monitoring your progress and helping to make you comfortable. Your obstetrician will check in with you regularly during your labor. OB/GYN resident physicians are in the hospital 24 hours a day to assist your physician, so that you will receive optimal care. Your obstetrician will check in with you regularly during your labor.
Abington Memorial Hospital's labor/delivery/recovery rooms are linked with a fetal monitoring system that allows nurses and physicians to access mother's and baby's vital signs. Home-like furnishings, televisions, telephones, rocking chairs, and fully adjustable birthing beds provide a comfortable setting.
Helping to Make You More Comfortable
Obstetrical anesthesia at Abington Memorial Hospital is administered by our staff anesthesiologists. Approximately, 80 percent of our patients receive epidural anesthesia.
A board certified obstetrician-gynecologist serves in an innovative role as a medical director of labor and delivery and OB/GYN patient safety officer at Abington Memorial Hospital. This physician provides an additional layer of support staff, and focuses on patient safety, quality of care, communication and teamwork to better serve our patients.
The labor and delivery medical director evaluates the needs of all patients who are in labor, answers staff questions and synchronizes patient flow, as well as coordinating with each woman’s personal obstetrical physician. In addition, she conducts patients safety training with the staff to prepare for emergency procedures should they occur.
All rooms are private. The in-hospital "Newborn Channel" (Channels 44 and 45 on your television) provides education 24 hours a day on infant care and more.