Bringing a baby into the world is an emotional journey. A comfortable, stress-free environment is key to making that experience the best it can be. Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum (LDRP) rooms – maternity suites where moms and babies stay in one room from admission to discharge – are helping to ensure the birthing experience is as seamless and relaxing as possible.
Each of Burdett Birth Center’s eight LDRP rooms is private and spacious with personal touches. Why is this important? It means new moms don’t have to share their space with other patients during their stay so that they can rest comfortably, visit with family and get acclimated to motherhood on their own schedules. At Burdett, first-time moms and babies are encouraged to stay 48 hours after delivery, so it’s helpful for new families to have their own room for “on the job training” with help, as needed, from doctors, midwives, nurses and lactation consultants.
Here are five key features that set LDRP rooms apart from standard hospital birthing rooms:
- Privacy for all stages of labor
In LDRP rooms, all four stages of birth happen in just one room! Postpartum and newborn care happens in the same location as labor and delivery so mom and baby can stay together during the entire stay. Each room has its own private bathroom and enough space for partners to stay over comfortably.
- State-of-the-art equipment and technology
Each LDRP room at Burdett includes a full collection of state-of-the-art equipment and technology for all procedures and potential complications. If undergoing a C-section is determined necessary by providers, the mother will be transported to one of two operating room suites on the Burdett floor. Following surgery, the mother, baby and partner will go to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), also located at Burdett, for the post-anesthesia recovery period (which typically lasts for about two hours.) Following the post-anesthesia recovery period, the family will be transported to one of eight of Burdett’s postpartum rooms for the remainder of the stay.
- Tools for delivery and pain-management
Props to ease pain during labor such as birthing balls, birthing stools, birthing peanuts and jacuzzi tubs are available on the unit. At Burdett, we offer moms a number of options for pain management, including suggestions on different positioning and comfort measures from your support person, hydrotherapy, medication through IV or injection and regional anesthesia, including epidural and spinal blocks.
- A home-like feel
A comfortable and home-like atmosphere – that’s big enough for family members who are coaching during birth or visiting after birth – is another feature that’s appealing about LDRP rooms. Rather than a sterile hospital room, Burdett’s LDRP rooms have an inviting, warm atmosphere. There’s even comfortable seating and sleeping accommodations for your partner to stay over.
Each private bathroom comes equipped with a shower for use as hydrotherapy during labor, and many of the rooms include a whirlpool tub. In addition, Burdett has four birth pools, including two new top-of-the-line pools, that can be used in any of the eight LDRP rooms for water birth.
Consult your provider about the options available to you and what’s recommended for your birth plan. If an LDRP room interests you, view a virtual tour of our birthing suites at Burdett Birth Center or schedule a hospital tour here by calling (518) 271-3393.