Labor & Delivery
It’s no secret that new and expectant families in our community trust UNC REX. In fact, we deliver more babies than any other hospital in the Triangle!
We know that choosing a hospital and obstetrician to deliver your baby are important decisions for both you and your family. You can trust in the experience of our highly skilled staff. They’ll listen to you and make every effort to give you the birth experience you want, while keeping your baby safe and happy.
Our Team and Facilities
Whether you anticipate an easy delivery or are considered high-risk, you’ll benefit from our highly skilled team including:
- Board-certified obstetricians, including specialists with expertise in pregnancy and birth complications
- Anesthesiologists, who are available 24 hours a day to help you manage pain
- Board certified OB Hospitalists available 24/7 to care for patient while in the hospital if your primary physician is not present or if you don’t have a physician on record.
- Experienced, friendly nurses, who’ll care for you and your baby
- Lactation consultants and Breast Feeding Educators, who share breastfeeding expertise
At the REX Women’s Center you’ll enjoy all the comforts of home during your delivery and recovery. The REX Women’s Center features 40 private rooms complete with a convertible sleep chair for your partner, a rocking chair, a private bath with shower, television, and free wifi.
Our OB Emergency Department is conveniently located within the REX Women’s Center. The OB ED works in conjunction with the main Emergency Department and is staffed by our OB Hospitalists team. In addition to the OB Hospitalists team, patients will be able to be seen by either their own personal OB/Gyn.
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Offering Options for Pain Relief
You should discuss your options for pain relief with your obstetrician prior to giving birth. Our staff in the REX Women’s Center will support your decision for pain relief during labor and assist you with breathing, relaxation and comfort measures.
If you wish to take the edge off your labor pains, you may wish to have your physician prescribe an intravenous pain reliever. Nitrous oxide, a gas that you inhale for pain relief only when you decide you need it, is now an option for eligible women that deliver at REX. Another pain relief option is an epidural, which can be prescribed by your obstetrician and administered by your physician or an anesthesiologist. Anesthesiologists are available on-site 24 hours a day, so there’s no waiting for pain relief.
What to Expect
Before Going into Labor
As you near your due date, be sure to pack your “labor bag”. You should pack toiletries, contact lens supplies (if needed), snacks for your partner, telephone numbers of family and friends, a camera and any additional comfort measures you wish to have during your stay at REX.
Also be sure to pack a copy of your advance directives, such as a living will and/or health care power of attorney and print out your Birth Plan.
Don't forget to fill out the pre-registration form to help with the check-in process.
Delivering Your Baby
Once you’re in labor, your physician will instruct you to go to the REX Women’s Center. You and your partner should enter through the Women’s Center lobby and check in at the front desk. They will direct you to the second floor to begin the admission process.
A Cesarean section, or C-section, is the delivery of a baby through a surgical incision in the mother’s abdomen and uterus. A C-section is usually performed when a vaginal delivery would put the baby’s or the mother’s life or health at risk. In some cases a C-section is scheduled in advance, while in others it’s performed as a response to an unforeseen complication. No matter the situation, UNC REX is an excellent choice for this special delivery.
If you’re planning to have a C-section delivery, you’ll come to REX a day or two before your scheduled surgery for pre-admission testing.
On the day of your surgery, you’ll arrive at the Women’s Center registration desk where you will be checked-in and taken to your room. When it’s time for the surgery, you and your partner will head to the operating room while other visitors wait in the lobby.
After your surgery, you’ll be taken to the post anesthesia care unit (PACU) for recovery before being taken to your postpartum room.
The REX Women's Center practices Delayed Bath, which means Mom and Baby have more time together immediately after delivery before the baby is bathed. Delaying your baby's first bath has benefits:
- Promotes fewer interruptions during the first moments after birth
- Gives the newborn time to steady their body temperature and sugar levels
- Preserves the natural moisture of the baby’s skin and decreases infection
- Allows baby to stay skin-to-skin and helps encourage breastfeeding
After delivering your baby, you’ll be taken to your postpartum room and provided with all the information you’ll need for the remainder of your hospital stay. Our staff will assist you with your personal care and recovery, and will answer any questions about your baby’s care. Your physician and pediatrician will also visit daily to keep you informed of your own and your baby’s progress.
You and your baby will remain together throughout your hospital stay unless the baby needs to be admitted to the NICU. Our team of doctors, nurses, and lactation consultants are your important resources in helping you learn to care for your baby. In addition to one-on-one instruction, you will receive the “New Beginnings” handbook as a reference guide for going home. If you’re breastfeeding, you may also choose to meet with a lactation consultant.
When it’s time to go home, you’ll be provided with hospital discharge and prescription instructions from your physician and your baby’s healthcare provider. Discharge time is 11:00 AM. Please make arrangements with your partner or a family member to arrive by 10:00 AM in preparation to go home.
North Carolina state law requires that all infants be fastened in a car seat before leaving the hospital. You can attend our Car Seat Safety Class to learn how to properly install your car seat or have one of our certified child passenger safety technicians inspect your installation.
Our Birth Center staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have about going home. You may find it helpful to have your support person or other family member available to help at home the first couple of days. Our Case Management Team will also be available to help with you with information regarding insurance, home health and other community resources.