At Riverside Methodist Hospital, our experienced, compassionate labor and delivery staff is devoted to the best care for you and your baby. We work in partnership with you and your physician to create a positive birthing experience.
Riverside Methodist is a Level III Maternity Center, which provides the highest level of labor and delivery care possible, as determined by the Ohio Department of Health. We have a board-certified obstetrician and neonatologist on-site around the clock.
Our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, managed on-site by Nationwide Children's Hospital specialists, offers your baby the neonatal expertise of Nationwide Children's Hospital within the walls of Riverside Methodist.
Arriving for Your Delivery
The day of your labor and delivery is a day you will remember for the rest of your life. Our goal is to make it as calm and peaceful as possible. We encourage you to pre-register for your hospital stay to avoid registration paperwork when you arrive to deliver. Free valet parking service is available around the clock at the Women's Center entrance. When you arrive, go directly to Labor and Delivery and Delivery Registration and Triage on the third floor in the Yellow Area.
- To pre-register for you hospital stay, please call the Riverside Methodist Registration Department at (614) 566-5217.
- To schedule a maternity tour of Riverside Methodist, please call (614) 4-HEALTH (443-2584).
Private Birthing Suites
When you are admitted you will be given a comfortable, home-like birthing suite. Each suite has its own private bathroom and shower. Comfortable sleeping accommodations are provided for your partner. All of the equipment for your delivery is tucked away until you need it. You will labor, deliver and recover here, with the support of our experienced maternity nurses.
During labor and delivery, you are allowed two additional persons for support to be in the room with you. Family and friends are welcome to wait in the spacious Family Waiting Area just down the hall. Visitors can take turns visiting you in the labor and delivery room, provided there are no more than three people in the room with you at a time while you are in labor.
After delivery, you will be moved to a private post-delivery room. Each room is designed for your comfort and includes:
- Comfortable sleeping accommodations for you and your partner
- Private bathroom and shower
- Adjustable lighting
- Rocking chair
- Television with VCR/DVD
- Complimentary Internet access with wireless capabilities
Meeting Your Baby
When your baby arrives:
- You may hold your baby moments after his or her birth.
- A nurse examines, weighs and measures your baby.
- Your baby is immediately returned to you to hold and feed.
- While you are moved to your post-partum room, your baby will have a complete assessment and bath.
We Support the Bond Between Mother and Baby
Riverside Methodist Hospital understands that moms and babies bond instantly. We offer the following options to help you build that bond.
- Transition Care - Your baby is assessed and bathed in your presence.
- Rooming In - Care for you and your baby is provided in your post-delivery room.
- Kangaroo Care - Your baby is placed directly on your bare chest for skin-to-skin contact.
- Newborn Feeding - We provide support whether you are breastfeeding, breast pumping or bottle feeding.
- Parental Coaching - We teach you about your newborn's behaviors and how to respond to their cues.
Your Baby's Safety
Riverside Methodist's state-of-the-art security system ensures your baby's safety. You will receive information explaining the system upon admission.
Visiting Hours are:
- 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. (general visiting hours)
- 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. (extended visiting hours for immediate family)
Parking for visitors is available in the surface lot in front of the Women's Center entrance. Family and friends may also park in any lot marked "Visitor" and in the Red or Green garages. Valet parking is also available. Visitors may ask for directions to your room at the Information Desk.
Leaving the Hospital
Your physician will determine when it is safe for you and your baby to leave the labor and delivery floor and the hospital. Procedures and other tasks that need to be completed before you go home are listed below.
- Discharge teaching completed, including watching any videos or completing appropriate paperwork
- Any follow-up appointments required by either your doctor or your baby's doctor scheduled
- A final exam of you and your baby completed by the physician
- Birth Certificate Packet and Social Security Care registration completed
- All newborn screening tests completed
- Any vaccines or procedures for baby (circumcision) completed, and baby is resting comfortably after recovery period
- Baby pictures taken by hospital staff. You have the option to purchase photos and the option to consent to your baby's photo being posted on the Peekaboo Babies website. Please let your nurse know if your baby's photo has not been taken and you would like for it to be done.
- Child Safety Seat confirmed by your nurse. The seat must be brought to the room.
- Removal of baby's cord clamp and security device