Women in labor have always had a tremendous amount of personal freedom at Takoma Regional. The philosophy of family-centered birthing is practiced here with a passion. Takoma Regional provides all types of birthing and pain control options, allowing you to choose the kind of birth experience you want, as long as it is safe for you and your baby. And, since labor can be a long, arduous journey, we encourage moms to walk, rock, take hot showers, use the birthing ball or enjoy the hydrotherapy birthing tub.
Our flexibility is a trait that patients and families tell us they appreciate, above all else. If you have a birth plan, we will do our best to follow it. If you want more members of your family present at the birth, or to help with the baby's first bath, we can accommodate you.
Our philosophy of personal care in a family-centered environment is supported by the latest medical technology. Your obstetrician, pediatrician and family physician are members of Takoma Regional's skilled medical team, and can serve all your health needs.
Of course, the health of your baby is of paramount importance to us. To provide your child with the best care possible, Takoma Regional has a team of pediatricians within minutes of the Level II Special Care Nursery which means fewer babies are transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and will stay closer to home and family. The perinatal nurses are continually updated in the most current practices in obstetrics and neonatal nursing.
The perinatal nurses who attend you and your child during and after labor are also skilled specialists. They are very supportive and understanding and can help you through the difficult moments. Perinatal literally means, "relating to the period from about three months before to one month after birth." All our nurses are perinatal nurses, trained to care for you and your baby throughout your stay with us.
Of course, most mothers and newborns experience no complications at all, but it is comforting to know the team at Takoma is equipped and trained to help, just in case.
We expect you to have questions before and after your baby is born. Our nurses always enjoy instructing new and expectant parents.
After the baby is born, you will be instructed in bathing, care of the cord, diapering, dressing, bottle and/or breastfeeding, burping and taking a temperature. They will also instruct you in the special care of a circumcised or uncircumcised baby.
We'll send you home with helpful booklets on baby care and development, caring for yourself after birth, safety and physician instruction sheets. And please remember that we are only a phone call away! Don't hesitate to call with your questions. There are no silly questions when it comes to the health of your child or yourself.