**New Birth Suites Arriving May 2013. Check Back Soon for Additional Information.**
St. Vincent's East reflects a long-standing tradition of medical and nursing excellence, and provides the finest, most up-to-date care and treatment for maternity patients and their newborns. Our family-centered approach to birthing ensures that you and your new family will receive the highest quality care available.
The Birth Suites at St. Vincent's East offers a unique level of comfort for your birthing experience. The entire birthing event - from admission to discharge - will take place in your spacious suite, designed with many amenities to make you feel more relaxed and at-home. Each private suite features a birthing bed that converts to a regular bed and overnight accommodations for your spouse or support person. Also, siblings are allowed in the rooms at all times. Each suite includes the latest in birthing technology, which is tucked away behind doors after delivery.
Facilities are available day and night to handle emergencies, should they arise. If a Cesarean birth is necessary, surgical areas are available. Should your baby require specialized care, our nursery is fully equipped and staffed with neonatal nurses at all times. For seriously ill or premature infants, the Kathy Bedsole Suite may be available for the family's use.
The Birth Suites offer a full range of childbirth and parenting classes taught by licensed, professional educators and available at reasonable costs.
Visit with one of our obstetricians for a preconceptual exam so that you are ready for pregnancy. If you are pregnant, early prenatal care is the single most important thing you can do for yourself and your baby. Your doctor may suggest prenatal vitamins, nutritional counseling, exercise and prenatal education classes. Call 205-838-3457 and ask for a Before Pregnancy-15 Things to Keep in Mind brochure.
First, get plenty of rest, starting with a full night's sleep every night. Try to find some time each day for a nap, or at least a time to sit down, put your feet up and relax. Second, eliminate consumption of alcohol, including wine and beer. As with cigarette smoking, maternal drinking has been linked to serious health problems in newborns. This also applies to any other types of substance use such as marijuana or cocaine. Third, with your doctor's guidance, you should select a pediatrician before your baby is born. If possible, meet briefly with your baby's doctor in advance and get answers to any questions you might have.
For more information about St. Vincent's maternity services, click here.