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A Labor of Love

A Labor of Love

Every day when our teams in Labor and Delivery and Mother/Baby at Archbold come to work, they have one goal: Create an environment where families feel safe and excited to welcome a new baby into the world.

“We want our patients to go home with confidence that all of their needs have been met,” said Whitney Sampson, RN, nurse manager of mother/baby at Archbold said. “We empower our patients throughout the process, from labor to birth to going home.”

All Together Now

From the moment a mother gives birth, she and her baby stay close, regardless of whether she had a vaginal birth or cesarean section.

“We keep the mother and baby together as often as we can allow,” Sampson said, “After the baby is born, we do an hour of skin-to-skin contact.”

Archbold offers a level 2 nursery for babies who need extra care. If babies need a higher level of care, staff can arrange for a seamless transition to a nearby level 3 neonatal intensive care unit.

Mothers who choose to breastfeed have access to our certified lactation coordinator. All that’s required for an outpatient consultation is a referral from a pediatrician.

Making New Moms Feel at Home

We want families to feel as comfortable as possible throughout the labor and delivery process. Expectant mothers are encouraged to bring items from home.

Up to two people are allowed to accompany the mother in the delivery room. After an easy sign-in process, each person gets a color-coded bracelet that offers unhindered access to the delivery room.

In addition to the support of friends and family, providers at Archbold provide compassionate support and education to mothers throughout the birthing process.

Family members are also included in prenatal education, with fathers encouraged to attend birthing classes.

“Giving birth is an intimate part of that person’s life,” Sampson said. “Our nurses make our patients feel like they’re the only patient they have. They empower our patients through support and education to care for their babies.”

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