Christiana Care Maternity

Labor and Delivery

Preparing for Your Delivery at Christiana Hospital

When you are admitted to our hospital to deliver your baby you will receive a standard set of health screenings including:

  • Blood pressure, temperature, respiration and pulse.
  • Heart rate and contractions monitoring.
  • Blood and urine screenings for anemia and drug-exposure.

Sometimes additional blood tests are needed.

Christiana Hospital’s 16 private birthing rooms are designed for your comfort and support, so that you can labor and deliver in the same bed, without having to move to another room. Each room has plenty of space to accommodate the labor and delivery team and up to three labor coaches or support persons. Each room contains a private bathroom fitted with a spa shower head for soothing water therapy, a recliner, a telephone and a television.

At any time during your labor please use the Labor Support Cards. The cards provide you with simple tips for understanding your labor pain, positions, movements and breathing, vocalizing and relaxation to help you feel more comfortable during labor.

Of course, your health and the health of your newborn are our primary concern. Our labor and delivery rooms are fully equipped with the most up-to-date obstetrical and fetal monitoring technology. Should the need arise, three operating suites for Cesarean delivery are located nearby, along with six post-anesthesia recovery rooms. Our Level III neonatal intensive care unit for newborns who need intensive medical care is also close by.

Upon delivery, your labor and delivery nurse will give you your baby to hold on your bare chest. This skin-to-skin contact assists in stabilizing your baby’s temperature and blood sugar, and represents the initial step in the bonding process. Our commitment to mother-baby bonding is among the factors that have earned us a Baby-Friendly™ designation by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative—a global program of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

When you arrive, your labor and delivery nurse will assist you in getting settled and review your birth plan to help ensure that your wishes are followed with the approval of your doctor.

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To learn more about our maternity services, call 302-733-3360.