At the Cumberland Healthcare Birthplace, our highly skilled team of healthcare experts are dedicated and focused on providing outstanding patient and family centered care. Cumberland Healthcare couples high quality care with state-of-the-art technologies, comforting amenities and educational resources to fully prepare and assist expectant families in welcoming new life into the world.
We believe that the birth of your child is one of life’s most precious events and are here to offer you personalized care; from the first thoughts of becoming a parent, to the birth of your baby, to settling in at home. Our goal is to provide a safe, healthy and empowering experience for you and your family. We offer many options during labor, including both medication and non-medicated approaches.
Some of our birthing options include:
- Birthing balls
- Whirlpool tubs
- Music therapy
- Frequent position changes
- Breathing techniques
- Intravenous pain medications, intrathecal, epidurals and nitrous oxide
- Working with a doula, if you choose to have one
- *Nitrous Oxide (see below)
Each expectant mother works with our team to create an individualized birth plan which may include some of these options or others you have thought of yourself. We encourage all of our expectant mothers and families to take a tour of our remodeled birthing unit, The Birthplace. The Birthplace offers spacious rooms with relaxing, home-like décor. Our rooms also offer whirlpool tubs for added relaxation during labor and comfort after delivery. Additionally, all rooms include rocking recliners and roll-away beds for fathers or support persons for overnight stays.
Childbirth Services at Cumberland Healthcare Include:
- Childbirth classes to prepare expectant mothers and families for baby’s arrival
- Birthplace Basics meeting with an obstetrics (OB) nurse
- Starts the birth plan process and reviews any questions you may have on a one-to-one basis
- Sibling classes for other children to help welcome the new baby
- One-on-one breastfeeding teaching and support
Cumberland Healthcare is committed to providing you with the highest quality care in a comforting atmosphere. We are proud to offer you:
- Personal, pampered attention
- Family-centered care
- Private labor/delivery recovery suites
The Birthplace at Cumberland Healthcare has been designed with the needs of the entire family in mind. Our spacious suites and waiting areas are furnished with comfortable furnishings, wireless internet and flat screen televisions with built in DVD players.
At Cumberland Healthcare, putting the “special” in your day is our top priority. We offer the expertise of a board-certified and experienced obstetrician and gynecologist and family practice physicians. Our skilled and caring providers will be with you every step of the way, from your first clinic visits through labor and delivery.
Tours of The Birthplace are available upon request. Please contact your provider and a tour will be set up for you. We look forward in meeting you!
There are no set visiting hours at The Birthplace; we leave this up to the discretion of our patients. We have a flexible and accessible policy, making it easy for family and friends to see you and your newest addition. We ask that all visitors be free of any illness, including fever, runny nose, coughing, etc. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
At Cumberland Healthcare we understand the importance of patient education. We are please to offer a one-to-one breast feeding class and sibling class. We also offer group childbirth education classes that will teach you the difference between true and false labor, the stages of labor and various relaxation techniques for coping during the labor process. Other options include massage, labor positions, visualization, breathing techniques and medication options. In addition, we will discuss the support person role, other interventions in labor, cesarean births and post-partum care for the mother and newborn. To schedule any of these classes, please call (715) 822-7250.
Every family delivering at The Birthplace is offered a free home visit after discharge. This visit is scheduled at a time that is convenient for you.
What to expect during your home visit:
- A Birthplace nurse will come to your home and weigh your baby, check vital signs for both mom and baby, assist with any feeding troubles and answer any questions that you may have. If you choose not to have a home visit, a Birthplace nurse will provide you with a follow up phone call and answer any questions or concerns that you may have.
Newborn Hearing Screening
All babies born at The Birthplace will receive a hearing screening that is conducted 24 hours after birth. This is a non-invasive process and is conducted when your newborn is sleeping. The equipment sends a series of soft tones to the ear and measures for a response. Results are available prior to discharge. Early detection of hearing loss ensures early treatment.
Screening for Congenital Heart Defects
All babies born at The Birthplace will receive a simple screening to check for heart defects. This is conducted 24 hours after birth. A sensor is placed on the baby’s wrist and foot. Results are available prior to discharge.
*NITROUS OXIDE: For Pain Relief During Labor
WHAT IS NITROUS OXIDE?
Most people know of nitrous oxide as “laughing gas”, which is used in many dental offices to help with pain during dental procedures. When nitrous oxide is used for labor pain, it is a mixture of 50% nitrous gas and 50% oxygen. This gas is inhaled through a mask that is provided by our facility. Nitrous oxide has been a common practice to help cope with labor pain in Europe, Canada, and Australia for many years.
HOW DOES NITROUS OXIDE WORK TO RELIEVE PAIN DURING LABOR?
You will hold the mask or mouth piece with a firm seal against your face and breathe in to release the flow of nitrous oxide. You will be in control of the amount of nitrous that you receive by the depth and frequency of the breaths you take. This is unlike the dosing that you receive in the dental office. It is important to initiate the breath about 30 seconds before the contraction starts. This allows the gas to take effect and give the most relief at the peak of your contraction. You are then able to put the mask or mouthpiece down between contractions and use it as needed throughout labor.
HOW DOES NITROUS OXIDE HELP WITH LABOR PAIN?
Each patient has a different experience when using nitrous oxide. Most women voice that the nitrous oxide helps “take the edge off” of the contractions and allows them to cope with labor better. Some report more pain relief. Nitrous oxide helps in lowering anxiety, which helps you feel less tense during contractions.
A decrease in anxiety can also help you cope with pain better do not like the way it makes them feel. The use of nitrous oxide can be stopped at any time, and alternative pain management methods can be used.
HOW WILL I FEEL WHEN USING NITROUS OXIDE?
Some women report feeling drowsy, lightheaded, nauseous, or a little silly while using nitrous oxide. Due to some of these possible side effects, a member of our team or a family member should always be in the room while using nitrous oxide. These side effects should go away quickly when you stop breathing the nitrous oxide.
ARE THERE ANY SEVERE SIDE EFFECTS OF NITROUS OXIDE USE?
You could pass out for a short time if you were to breathe too much gas. This is why we strictly enforce that you should be the only person holding the mask or mouthpiece. The nitrous oxide gas is only released when you take a deep breath. If you were to take in too much gas your hand would slip away from the mask or mouthpiece, and you will no longer breathe in the gas if you start to get sleepy. Nitrous oxide has no known effect on the progress of labor.
CAN I BE OUT OF BED WHEN USING NITROUS OXIDE?
Yes, as long as you are steady on your feet and have another person in the room with you. You will also be able to use the bedside commode, birthing ball, or tub/shower chair.
DOES THE NITROUS OXIDE AFFECT MY BABY?
There are no known effects on the baby. Nitrous oxide is the only pain relief method used for labor that is cleared from the body through the lungs. This means that as soon as you pull the mask away, the nitrous effect is gone within a few breaths. Using nitrous oxide does not mandate additional fetal monitoring.
WHO ADMINISTERS THE NITROUS OXIDE?
The nitrous oxide is self-administered by the laboring woman. You will breathe it in as you feel necessary.
CAN I USE NITROUS OXIDE AND HAVE INTRAVENOUS (IV) OPIOID MEDICATIONS AT THE SAME TIME?
No, this would require a different level of monitoring for both you and your baby.
MUST I CHOOSE BETWEEN EITHER USING NITROUS OXIDE OR HAVING AN EPIDURAL?
No, you may choose to use nitrous oxide prior to epidural or other IV pain medications. They cannot be used simultaneously. It is perfectly fine to use the nitrous oxide first, and then move on to a different type of pain management.
ARE THERE ANY REASONS THAT I COULD NOT USE NITROUS OXIDE?
Yes, you cannot use nitrous oxide if you:
- Cannot hold your own facemask
- Have a known vitamin B12 deficiency
- Have received a narcotic medication within the past 2 hours
- Have received a narcotic medication within the past 2 hours
- Have other medical conditions identified by your doctor that place you at risk
In celebration of your baby’s birth, we offer a mom and baby gift to take home and enjoy donated by Cumberland Healthcare staff.
Safe Place for Newborns
In April 2001 the State of Wisconsin enacted a law which enables any woman on the verge of abandoning her newborn to anonymously turn over her unharmed newborn within 72 hours to any Wisconsin hospital employee, police officer or emergency personnel without fear of prosecution. Cumberland Healthcare is fully prepared to accept these newborns, assess them and provide a safe and caring environment until placement is arranged. In addition, if possible we provide a packet of information to the birth mother including self-care information and support group resources.
For more information about The Birthplace at Cumberland Healthcare, call (715) 822-7460.