HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is the only hospital in the area to offer birthing hammocks for laboring moms. A unique tool that can help mom with comfort and positioning, birthing hammocks also help baby descend down the birth canal. In addition, after birth, the hammock can be cut in half to be used as two baby carriers.
Some laboring mothers want to experience the birth of their baby medication–free. We support any choice you make and have nurses available to coach you, one-on-one throughout your entire labor and delivery, on breathing and relaxation techniques.
If you prefer a more natural childbirth experience but still want pain relief during labor, nitrous oxide is an option. Commonly referred to as laughing gas, it is a safe, fast-acting method for easing pain and lessening anxiety through your birth experience.
IV Medication and Epidural
For those needing greater relief, intravenous medications and epidurals are available. Of course, it’s always okay to change your mind, as we pledge to remain flexible if that happens.
We offer the option of having a water birth. Water births can reduce the stress during labor and delivery. Some women choose to labor in the water and get out for delivery. Other women decide to stay in the water for the delivery as well. You must make arrangements in advance and meet the criteria in order to take advantage of this option. If you are considering a water birth, please talk with your doctor or midwife to see if your situation qualifies you for this option.