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 at Lenfest Pavilion or the 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. The Zipley Garage is 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. Each room is linked with a fetal monitoring system that allows nurses and physicians to access the mother's and baby's vital signs.
While you're in labor, our specially trained nurses will monitor your progress and help to make you comfortable. The obstetrician assigned to you will check in 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.
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.
All rooms are private with home-like furnishings, televisions, telephones, rocking chairs, and fully adjustable birthing beds that provide a comfortable setting.
Helping to Make You More Comfortable
Obstetrical anesthesia at Abington 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 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 and synchronizes patient flow, while coordinating with each woman’s personal obstetrical physician. In addition, she answers staff questions and conducts patient safety training with the staff to prepare for emergency procedures, should they occur.