Having a Baby at UPMC Northwest
Thank you for choosing UPMC Northwest. Childbirth is one of life’s most intimate and rewarding experiences, and our staff is poised to create the most joyous and memorable experience possible as you and your family welcome your new arrival into the world.
The Family Birthing Center is located on the first floor of the hospital, just off the main lobby of the hospital. To get to the unit, go to the main lobby entrance. Go past the hospital gift shop and turn right.
The center is secured 24 hours a day to ensure the safety and privacy of our mothers and babies. When you arrive at the unit please ring the door bell at the entrance and our staff will admit you to the unit.
Our rooms are designed as labor, delivery and recovery (LDR) rooms, which offers advanced medical technology with a homelike setting. You will deliver your baby in one of our LDR rooms.
After your delivery and recovery, you will be moved to a postpartum room in the same unit.
As a new mother, you likely will have many visitors during your stay at the Family Birthing Center. Your baby’s father may visit at any time. Other guests are welcome to visit between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.
We suggest these limited visiting hours to allow adequate time for you to recover, relax, and bond with your new baby. Please ask all visitors to wash their hands before they touch or hold your baby.
A waiting room is available for your visitors just outside the Family Birthing Center (the area where you rang for entrance to the secure unit).
Gifts and flowers
Your visitors may purchase gifts at the hospital’s gift shop, which is located just outside the Family Birthing Center waiting room.
What to Expect
What to bring
When packing for your hospital stay, you may want to consider bringing the following items:
- Several pairs of pajamas or nightgowns
- A robe and slippers
- Toiletry items (soap, shampoo, makeup, etc.)
- Eyeglasses and contact lens supplies
- Ponytail holders (if you have long hair)
- A comfortable outfit to wear home
- Lip balm to keep your lips moist during labor
- A small, battery-operated fan to keep you cool during labor
- Your favorite pillow
- A weather-appropriate outfit for the baby to wear home
- Snacks for your support person
- A camera
- Please leave all jewelry and other valuables at home. The hospital is not responsible for anything that may be lost or stolen.
When you are ready to come to the hospital, call your physician to let him know you are on your way to the hospital. Report directly to the Family Birthing Center when you come to the hospital. The staff will be waiting for you.
Delivery and recovery
Immediately after delivery, you and your baby, along with a support person of your choice, will remain in the labor and delivery room, where you will be monitored closely for approximately one to two hours. You will then be transferred to a postpartum room on the same unit.
Your baby may remain with you throughout your stay as long as he or she is healthy.
Caring for your newborn
Within the first hour of birth, your baby will receive a Vitamin K injection and antibiotic ointment in the eyes to prevent infection. Your baby also will receive a hearing test, a metabolic screening, and will be checked for jaundice.
As long as your baby is healthy, he or she may remain with you in your room throughout your stay. At your request, your baby may be returned to the nursery at any time.
A pediatrician will examine your baby within 24 hours of birth and every day through your day of discharge. If you have not already chosen your baby’s pediatrician, the pediatrician on call will perform the examinations.
Our nurses will educate you about feeding your baby, whether you choose to breastfeed or bottle feed. A certified lactation consultant is available to educate and assist you with breastfeeding. Our nurses also will provide live demonstrations on how to diaper and bathe your baby.
Newborn pictures are optional. You will receive information regarding prices and packets after the delivery of your baby. Pictures typically are taken on the day of discharge.
You will remain in the hospital for approximately two to three days, depending on whether you had a traditional delivery or a Cesarean section. Your physician or midwife will determine when you are physically ready to go home.
All babies must leave the hospital in approved infant car seats. Please bring your car seat into the unit before discharge so our nurses can check it for safety.
Your baby should also have a weather-appropriate outfit to wear at time of discharge.