Labor & Delivery

Nine large, private labor & delivery recovery rooms will ensure that mom and family members have a comfortable setting for the birthing experience.

Each room has many special amenities, including plenty of space, a TV/DVD combo and sleeping accommodations for dad.

If a Caesarean section is scheduled or becomes necessary, babies are delivered just down the hall in fully furnished operating suites. This ensures that from the time you enter Providence Health Center to have your baby, you never have to leave the Women & Newborns Center.

True vs. False Labor

True LaborFalse Labor
Contractions are regularContractions are irregular
Each contraction lasts longerContractions don’t get closer
Contractions get strongerContractions don’t get stronger
Can’t talk or smile while having oneCan talk and smile while having one
Contractions last at least 60 seconds eachContractions vary in length of time they last
Contractions come regardless of positionContractions go away with position changes
Relaxation or hot bath won’t make them stopRelaxation or hot bath makes them stop
Diarrhea and cramping normalNo diarrhea

When to Go to the Hospital

Go to labor and delivery on the fifth floor of Providence Health Center if you experience any of the following:

  • Rupture of membranes. This is usually a steady leak of fluid from the vagina. The fluid may be clear, yellow, green, brown or blood tinged. Note the color and the time it started and call the nurse midwife on call if you have any questions about it.
  • Contractions. Follow the 5-1-1 rule. When you are 37 weeks or more and your contractions start, wait until they are coming every 5 minutes or less, lasting 1 minute each, and this has been occurring for 1 hour. True labor contractions gradually get stronger, closer together and last longer. They do not go away with position changes, change in activity or lying down.
  • Heavy vaginal bleeding with or without pain.
  • Decreased fetal movement.

What to Take to the Hospital

  • One or two comfortable pillows from home
  • Nursing pillow
  • Music and music player of choice
  • Outfit for newborn picture and going home
  • Two receiving blankets for going home
  • Carseat
  • Insurance and ID cards
  • Outfit for new mother to wear home
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks for the daddy
  • Nightgown
  • Bathrobe
  • Toiletries (each room has a bathroom equipped with a hair dryer)