Labor of Love
Oswego Hospital's Maternity Center continues to be recognized for the safe, high quality care provided in its comfortable and homey facility, where more families are welcoming their newborns.
Experienced. Caring Staff.
Providing care to Oswego Hospital's growing families physicians, midwives and anesthesiologists providing 24-hour coverage. The hospital staff includes experienced registered nurses, 24-hour breast feeding support during the postpartum period and after discharge and a neonatal nurse practitioner on duty for newborn care after delivery.
Feel Like You Never Left Home
Mothers in labor will feel like they never left home at Oswego Hospital's homelike Maternity Center.
As part of that comfort and the bonding experience, the center has a cozy living room setting where new mothers can learn breastfeeding techniques.
Once you return home, if you have questions about your care or your newborn's, the staff is only a phone call away.
Among the most recent accolades for the facility:
- The Maternity Center was presented with the Obstetrical Improvement Project Quality Improvement Award by the New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative (NYSPQC), which in partnership with the state Department of Health, aims to provide the best and safest care for women and infants in the state.
- The facility was presented two honors in recognition of its fight against hepatitis B, including the Immunization Action Coalition Birth Dose Honor Roll. The maternity center is among the 25 hospitals in the state that achieved a 90 percent or higher coverage rate for the birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine. The NYS Dept. of Health also recognized efforts to prevent perinatal transmission of the hepatitis B virus, as the Maternity Center achieved 100 percent compliance with this hepatitis B program.
- This February, Oswego Health is expanding its wear red initiative to bring awareness to congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the United States. To share this American Heart Association message, babies born in February at Oswego Hospital are being given hand knit red hats, while the baby’s mother is provided information on heart disease. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of woman in this country.
The Maternity Center features attractive private rooms, each with its own bathroom and large soaking tub. These comforts are complemented with the latest technology. A caring and knowledgeable staff oversees the entire family's needs.
The Maternity Center offers their own C-section recovery room for new mothers and their babies, offering a quicker bonding experience for the new family.
After mom delivers, private postpartum rooms offer her partner the opportunity to spend the night and join the family's special bonding experience. These rooms are private and cheery and also offer their own bathrooms.
Oswego Hospital encourages its expecting moms to consider developing a birth plan, which can help you and your birth team outline your goals and wishes. It is a helpful document that allows everyone to have an understanding of your expectations.
You may be surprised by some of the decisions that need to be made during labor, and a birth plan can help you to make them in advance. Creating a birth plan provides an opportunity to explore all the available options and begin to communicate with your birth team.
How to write it? You can outline the main points using bullets if that's your style. Or you can write out a longer plan and cover each detail. You can download Oswego Hospital's sample birth plan here.
Childbirth and Breastfeeding Classes
Oswego Hospital's maternity center offers several classes to help new parents prepare for the birth of their child. Details about our childbirth and breastfeeding classes are below.
Feel free to call the maternity center at 315.349.5572 with any questions you may have regarding these classes or if you have questions regarding your stay at Oswego Hospital's maternity center.
Prepared Childbirth Class
Prepared Childbirth Class is held at Oswego Hospital on Wednesday evenings. We provide an overview of what to expect during labor and delivery, as well as the postpartum time period. Preregistration is required, and a fee is charged. Call 315.349.5572 between 9 am and 5 pm for dates and to register.
Our introduction to breastfeeding class is held at Oswego Hospital. All aspects of breastfeeding are addressed, including the benefits of breastfeeding, diet, positions for feeding, weaning and much more. Preregistration is required, and a fee is charged. Call 315.349.5572 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for dates and to register.
Numerous pain management options are available to women who choose to have their baby at the Oswego Hospital.
Women have plenty of opportunities to discuss these options with their physician before they arrive at the hospital.
Among the most popular choices are the large soaking tubs that are in each of the maternity center's private labor rooms. Many women find that their pain is reduced by using the tub during labor.
Another procedure staff members say their patients have found effective is an intracutaneous sterile water block. This method helps reduce the back pain associated with labor. Small amounts of water injected into points in the lower back reduce the level of pain.
In addition to these options, patients are encouraged to keep busy by walking, using a special exercise ball and taking advantage of back rubs from their coaches or the nursing staff.
However, for those women who find that these measures don't reduce their pain, there are several medication options available.
Through a small tube, or epidural catheter, an anesthetic is delivered through injection. This enables the pain control effect to last as long as the catheter is in place. An epidural numbs the body below the injection site, allowing a woman to remain both comfortable and alert during contractions. An epidural is typically given in the early stages of labor because it takes about 20 minutes to take effect once administered.
This type of pain control is most effective for a woman who is having a prolonged labor pattern or who finds herself not coping well with the pain in the early stages of labor.
Spinal or Intrathecal
Administered similarly to an epidural, a spinal delivers pain medication directly into the spinal fluid for fast pain relief. This medication is usually given to women who are closer to delivery or are nearly fully dilated because it acts faster than an epidural. Women who have previously given birth may choose this option because their labor tends to be shorter than 1st-time moms.
Intravenous/Intramuscular Pain Medication Injections
These injections, which contain narcotics, may alleviate but not eliminate the pain during labor. The relief from this pain management option varies, but it is known to take the edge off and make labor more tolerable.