Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum Unit
Congratulations on your pregnancy! We are looking forward to providing care for the best patients in the world: Soldiers and their family members. The nurse advice line handles referrals and questions. The LDRP unit can be reached at 915-742-2455.
Overview of the Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum Unit
The LDRP unit provides normal and high-risk antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, intraoperative, postoperative and newborn care. The unit consists of 9 labor rooms, 1 operating room, 1 observation room and 2 examination rooms, along with a count of 10 beds. We deliver and average of 80 babies a month. We have a friendly staff of physicians, nurse midwives, and nurses who are committed to bringing you and your family current, safe and state-of-the-art medical care.
How to Get to Labor and Delivery
The Labor and Delivery unit is located on the 4th floor of the main hospital.
Your stay on labor and delivery
Your stay on LDRP will vary in length due to the reason for your admission. If you are admitted, you will labor, deliver and recover on our unit; we do not have a nursery. The rooming-in of mothers and infants facilitates bonding and breastfeeding. First-time mothers usually stay 48 hours after delivery. Second-time mothers with an uncomplicated birth may be discharged after 24 hours.
While in LDRP, a nurse will be assigned as your primary nurse. This nurse will assist with providing your medical care, support you in your labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum. Please ask questions and participate in your care plan. The nurse will be your advocate. You have the right to considerate, respectful care in a safe environment. There are many decisions to make with the birth of a baby, and we sincerely hope you receive all the information you desire to make these important choices.
We do not have restricted visiting hours on labor and delivery. We highly encourage you to have a support person with you during your stay. Please note, children under the age of 12 are not allowed to visit, unless they are siblings.
What to bring to labor and delivery
We provide most everything you will need during your stay on LDRP. Listed below are some items of comfort you may want to bring with you:
- Extra Pillows
- CD or Cassette player with your CD / Cassettes of your choice
- Snacks for the support person
- Lollipops / hard candy
- Lip balm
- Military identification card
- Personal hygiene items
- Comb, brush, soap, shampoo, deodorant
- Nightgowns / pajamas
- Extra panties
- Supportive bras (if desired) or Nursing bras (Nursing Pads)
- Phone numbers list
- Pacifier (if you desire your baby to have a pacifier)
- Infant car seat
- Clothes / shoes for mom (most likely, you will still have a tummy, so bring your pregnancy clothes)
- Outfit for baby (hat and blankets dependent upon the weather)
The Operating Room Nursing Section is to provides and promote total, optimal and safe nursing care to all patients in accordance with accepted professional nursing standards, policies, and as directed by the Chief, DON, and Commander, WBAMC. Perioperative nursing must maintain and support the necessary programs that are essential to the various skill levels of personnel assigned within the section in order to promote and sustain a high level of "quality" nursing care.
The Operating Room Nursing Section has a responsibility to all of its employees to treat them as individuals, recognizing that each individual has certain basic human rights and privileges. The Section also has the responsibility in providing for their welfare, personal growth, and development. We have an obligation to treat everyone within our scope, patients and personnel alike, with dignity and respect.
Post Anesthesia Care Unit
The Post Anesthesia Care Unit provides intensive observation and care of patients who have received anesthesia and have had procedures which may cause conditions requiring immediate interventions, in compliance with policies and procedures prescribed by the Post Anesthesia Care Unit and the Department of Nursing, and to sustain the highest degree of quality nursing care to all our patients.
Scope of Care and Services
The Post Anesthesia Care Unit provides nursing care for post-operative and/or post-procedure patients from the Operating Room, Labor and Delivery Unit, Gastrointestinal Clinic, Urology Clinic, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory or Interventional Radiology Department who have undergone procedures requiring anesthesia to include: General, Spinal, Epidural, Regional Upper Extremity Blocks, Local and/or IV Conscious Sedation. Patients served also include patients who require Monitored Anesthesia Care for special procedures such as a transesophageal echocardiogram and elective synchronized cardioversion. The patient population includes eligible military, military dependents, retirees, dependents of retirees, VA beneficiaries and civilian emergency patients. The age groups of the populations served include neonates, infants, children, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients.
The Post Anesthesia Care Unit Nursing Staff are also trained to work in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and the Interventional Radiology Department and provide IV Conscious Sedation.