Childbirth Care Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I set up a tour?
A: Please call (616) 252-MOMS (6667) to schedule a tour of the Childbirth Center.
Please note, tours are conveniently included in all Childbirth Classes. Click here to learn more about our Childbirth Classes.
Q: Where do I go if I think I’m in labor, or if I think my water broke?
A: Please come to the Emergency Room at Metro Health Hospital. From there you will be transferred to Triage in the Childbirth Center where you will be evaluated.
Q: Do I need to have a pediatrician or family doctor chosen for my baby BEFORE I give birth?
A: Yes! It is recommended that you select your baby’s doctor during your last trimester of pregnancy. You will need to inform us of the pediatrician or family doctor you have selected for your baby before being discharged from the hospital. Your baby will typically need to be seen by the doctor you have selected within 2-3 days after leaving the hospital. Click here to find a Metro Health provider.
Q: Can I have a midwife or doula?
A: Doulas are welcome as a member of a patient’s support team and allowed as one of the 4 visitors/support people permitted in a patient’s room during labor. However, doulas are not offered nor provided by the hospital.
Midwifes do not have practicing privileges at the hospital and are not offered by Metro Health at this time.
Q: What tools do you have to help with my labor?
A: At Metro Health, we have several tools that can be helpful to assist with progressive, manageable labor. Here are some of the resources we offer:
- Birthing ball (exercise ball that can be sat on or leaned on)
- Peanut ball (similar to an exercise ball but shaped like a peanut. To be used by patient’s with or without an epidural while sitting or lying in bed, placed between the knees, to encourage labor progress)
- Squat bar (every labor bed is equipped to attach a squat bar for use by patient’s with or without an epidural)
- Floor mat (similar to a yoga mat, this soft, thick mat can be used for laboring on the floor, primarily on hands and knees)
- Shower (a seat in the shower and removable shower head make this a great option to use hydrotherapy to help manage the pains of labor)
- Wireless fetal monitors (these monitors, used to observe baby’s heart rate and mother’s contractions, are wireless and allow mom the freedom to move around the room, use position changes more freely, and even be in the shower since they are waterproof. This is a great option if continuous fetal monitoring is needed)
Q: Will I have to move to another floor after delivery?
A: At Metro Health, all of our triage, childbirth, c-section suites, postpartum, and nursery services are conveniently located on the same floor in the Childbirth Center. Our nursing staff is cross trained to offer care for these services and often will follow a patient throughout her care in the Childbirth Center.
Q: What are the visiting hours once I have given birth?
A: Metro Health Hospital’s visiting hours are 8 am-8 pm
Q: How many visitors/support people can be in my room while I’m in labor?
A: Up to 4 people may be in your room while you’re in labor.
Q: How many days will I be in the hospital after I give birth?
A: Typically, a vaginal delivery will require a 2-day stay in the hospital after delivery. Deliveries by Cesarean Section (C-Section) typically require a 3-day stay in the hospital.
Childbirth Class FAQs:
Q: What if none of the classes fit my schedule?
A: Please call the Perinatal Education Coordinator, Annie Jones, at (616) 252-7320 to discuss options.
Q: When do I sign up for classes?
A: During your fourth or fifth month of pregnancy.
Q: Does my insurance cover classes?
A: Many insurance companies will cover Childbirth Class and Breastfeeding class. Check with your insurance provider. It may be helpful to provide them with the diagnostic code of S 9442 and/or procedure code of V 221.
Q: How do I sign up for a class?
A: Please call (616) 252-MOMS (6667) to reserve your place in a class. Pre-payment of any fee (or copay) reserves your place in a class.
Q: What if I have questions about classes that are not answered here?
A: Feel free to call the Perinatal Education Office at (616) 252-7226 or the coordinator, Annie Jones, at (616) 252-7320.