Delivering at Carle Foundation Hospital
If you believe you are in labor please call your provider’s office (if it is during office hours) or Labor and Delivery (if after office hours or on a weekend). A nurse will be able to help you determine the best time and place for evaluation, which could be in your provider’s office, in Labor and Delivery (on Tower 10) or in the Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum (LDRP) unit (on Parkview 4). After hours you will be asked to arrive at the Emergency Department and will be directed to the appropriate unit. Doors to the hospital close at 9 p.m.
Labor and Delivery Unit
Carle Foundation Hospital is proud to offer expectant moms the highest level of quality care in a warm, supportive atmosphere. Our Labor & Delivery unit features:
- High nurse to patient ratios, offering personalized care from unit staff.
- Staffed twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week by board certified obstetricians, perinatologists, neonatologists, nurse midwives and OB anesthesia.
- Pain management options, including pain medications, whirlpool tubs, epidural and birthing ball.
- Flexible visiting hours (except when limited by flu season or other medically indicated restrictions).
- Spacious rooms with comfortable seating and fold-out bed.
- Rooming-in, offering exclusive quality time with your baby from the moment of birth through discharge.
- Hugs® newborn security system.
- Breastfeeding help during your stay and after you go home.
- A welcoming and cooperative environment for doulas throughout the labor and delivery.
View the Labor & Delivery photo gallery »
Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum (LDRP) Unit
Our labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) rooms( located on Parkview 4) offer yet another option for expectant moms. Accommodating low-risk pregnancies, our LDRP rooms allow patient to experience traditional childbirth in a caring, family-centered environment in one all-inclusive suite. Patients in our LDRP unit get all of the benefits of our traditional Labor & Delivery unit in addition to some unique features.
Some unique features of our LDRP rooms include:
- Mom can labor, deliver and recover in one room – no moving required for patient or family.
- Jacuzzi® tubs in each room for relaxation and pain management.
- Most newborn care, testing and vaccinations managed and administered at the bedside.
To be admitted to the LDRP unit, patients must be medically designated low-risk by their provider. To learn more, contact your primary care physician, obstetrician or midwife.
View the Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum Unit photo gallery »
My Delivery Team
When you deliver your baby at Carle, there will be a team of staff in the room to assist. These include:
- Delivering provider – can be obstetrician, family medicine physician, certified nurse midwife
- Labor and delivery nurse – provides all care for the mother and fetus during labor
- Baby advocate – nurse responsible specifically for the care of the newborn from birth through the first hour of life
- NICU staff – may be present for any medical needs related to the care of the newborn, including (but not limited to) meconium, C-Section, vaginal delivery using forceps or vacuum, multiple delivery (twins/triplets)
- Your support team – limited to 3 people in the delivery room, 1 in the operating room and immediate post-surgical recovery room; this includes Doulas if you choose to have one present
If you choose to have an epidural to aid with pain relief during labor, Carle has 24 hour CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) coverage dedicated to Labor and Delivery.