Your Stay at The Women's Pavilion & Birthplace
Our Women's Pavilion & Birthplace staff will work with you and your providers for a positive birth experience. Our traditional maternity care option allows you to labor, deliver and recover in one of our private labor suites. During labor and delivery, you will be cared for by an experienced labor and delivery nurse, who will assist you in having the most positive birth experience possible. After delivery, a nurse with expertise in caring for mothers and newborns will help you with the physical and emotional changes that occur with the birth of a baby. All necessary supplies for you and your baby are kept in your room or brought to you as needed.
As part of our family-centered approach, the Women's Pavilion & Birthplace encourages rooming-in, where your baby is kept in the room with you, rather than the nursery. This is special time for you to get to know your newborn and learn how to care for him/her and for yourself, and is especially helpful for those who are breastfeeding.
Our staff is committed to providing excellent care for you, your baby and your family.
We recognize there is a difference between visitors and family. Visitors are restricted to the general hospital visiting hours, which are from 11 am to 8 pm. However, your family members and those you designate as your family are welcome to visit anytime. Because of space constraints and safety, only one person is allowed to accompany moms in triage. A maximum of four support people are allowed in the room during labor and for the birth of your baby. Should a cesarean birth become necessary, only one support person is allowed in the operating room. Once you have been transferred to the Mother/Baby Unit, you may determine the number of visitors in your room.
During certain times of the year visitation may be limited for the safety of all patients, staff and visitors. For the protection of you and your baby, no one with a fever or other signs of illness should visit.
Use of Video and Still Photography
Videotaping is permitted after the baby is delivered. Photos and video are not permitted during delivery or during any procedures involving mom or baby at any time during the hospital stay. Taking photos or videotaping staff or providers is not permitted without their prior approval. Photos and video must not include other patients, their babies or visitors.
The National Institutes of Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that a hearing screening be done on every baby shortly after birth. WakeMed will be performing a hearing screening on every baby born at this hospital before they leave.
Your baby’s hearing will be screened using a simple, non-invasive method called Automated Auditory Brainstem Response (AABR). Trained hospital staff will conduct the screening.
Car Seat Safety
Your baby’s car seat is the safest way for him/her to travel. North Carolina law requires that your baby travel in an approved car seat.
At WakeMed, we are dedicated to the safety of your baby. We recommend that you read the car seat safety booklet, install the seat in your vehicle and become familiar with the car seat prior to your baby’s birth. Many local fire, EMS and law enforcement personnel are certified in car seat installation and safety. You are encouraged to learn all you can prior to giving birth. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration is a great place to learn more about keeping your precious new baby safe on the road.