Obstetrics Services at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
A new baby is a special time. The Birth Place offers you a wide variety of child birth services to make this time just right. Learn about customized birthing options and special pain management. Or about the obstetricians and midwives on our medical staff. Whether this is your first, second, or even sixth child, SVMC's obstetric services can help you make the birth of your baby the beginning of a new chapter in your life.
The birth of your child is a once-in-a-lifetime event. No matter how many times a woman might have given birth, each experience is special in its own way.
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During labor and delivery at The Birth Place, our caring professionals work closely with you and your certified nurse-midwife or doctor to accommodate your requests in every way that we can. This is your very special time. With help and guidance from your midwife or obstetrician, a birth plan can be developed to match your wishes.
A Family Experience
We know how important it is to have your loved ones with you for the big event. At The Birth Place, we welcome and encourage your family to take part in your birthing experience. This includes your partner and older children, parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles, cousins and close friends. Whether you wish to include them in the actual birth, or as vital support people during the rest of your stay, we acknowledge their continuing role in this important time of celebration and adjustment.
A Warm and Comfortable Birthing Environment
State-of-the art labor therapy and water birth tubs. Beautifully furnished and decorated Labor/Delivery/Recovery/Postpartum (LDRP) rooms. You'll stay in one room through all phases of your baby's delivery. And, in addition to providing all the comforts of home, each LDRP room is discreetly equipped with the appropriate technology, should it be needed during your stay.
We also offer a comfortable environment for your support person to spend the night. Your family is also welcome to make use of our kitchenette, or to relax in the family lounge when you need a break from company.
Professional, Caring Support
Our nurse-midwives, doctors, and experienced birthing staff work closely with each other to give you the best care possible. When we say "experienced birthing staff," we mean it. Our nurses have nearly 600 years of experience as maternal-child health nurses.
We also have highly qualified and credentialed specialists on staff to help make sure your birth experience goes well. Some are doctors certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Others are nurse-midwives certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board, Inc.; they are registered nurses with advanced training in midwifery.
Our specialists counsel you throughout your pregnancy and support your birthing choices. They offer guidance about nutrition and newborn care, and can help you to understand the many options available to you to cope with the pain of delivery.
Pain management is an important aspect of your birthing experience. You may wish to manage your entire labor using the breathing and other relaxation techniques taught in prepared childbirth classes, or you might wish to try alternative pain management methods.
In addition, laboring moms can take advantage of the soothing motion and the warmth and comfort of our Jacuzzi-style or hydrotherapy tubs. Half of laboring women use a form of water therapy for labor. Our tubs are large enough for you to relax in during labor, as well as have a water birth. Water often soothes and helps a laboring woman relax.
A woman in labor may also choose pain medicine. SVMC offers several different options managing paing, including epidurals and spinal anesthesia.
In the event that a Cesarean Birth is appropriate, the technology of our sophisticated operating room is reserved specifically for your birthing experience.
A Lasting Relationship
Your stay with us will be relatively short, but we invite you to continue to call on us after you have returned home. Our certified lactation consultants and the nursing staff who have cared for you throughout your stay are all available as you make the transition home. You can reach us at (802) 447-5160, or toll-free at 1 (800) 543-1624.
The Birth Place is housed within the Women's and Children's Services Department, which also provides pediatric and gynecological care. Our nursing staff is cross-trained in each of those areas. So should you or your child require hospital care at a later time, you can take comfort in knowing that you will be returning to friends who know you.
Wellness Connection Programs
Southwestern Vermont Health Care's Wellness Connection offers a variety of classes on a range of topics to help you and your family live well and healthfully. Click here for a current schedule.