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Obstetrical Care at Saint Vincent Hospital

The Region's Largest and Most Trusted Obstetrics Team

 

There are many reasons why expectant parents choose Saint Vincent for the birth of their babies. 

A highly qualified, experienced, compassionate team of Ob/Gyns, two certified nurse midwives and a caring nursing team that is the region's most experienced. An expert team of dedicated neonatologists, offering expert care for babies born too early or with health issues. 

Our new mothers and their families love our beautiful Mother and Baby Center. It is a warm and welcoming place where new moms can recover and bond with their babies in style. The rooms are completely private, with beautiful décor and a private bathroom and shower in every room. 

It is reassuring to know that, if it is needed, the region's most highly experienced neonatal intensive care physicians and nurses are available in our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). With 20 private pods for premature and sick infants, our NICU is the first choice among referring physicians for these tiny and fragile infants. The Saint Vincent team of neonatologists and certified neonatal nurses is the region's most experienced, with decades in the neonatal care field. 

See more of our Mother-Baby Center here:

Saint Vincent also offers beautiful private rooms for gynecology patients and pregnant women who require hospitalization. 

Our spacious state-of-the-art nursery provides advanced technology to care for babies born at Saint Vincent. 

The obstetric nursing team has more experience than any other in the region and a high percentage of nurses who are certified in obstetrics.    

NEW! To help meet the needs of today's younger, more computer-savvy woman, we have added online eLearning Childbirth Education Classes. Check it out here!  

Find out more about all our services for expectant and new parents by clicking below:
 

Labor & Delivery 

Saint Vincent: The Hospital of Choice for Expectant Parents

The Saint Vincent Maternal Child Health Unit on the 5th floor of Saint Vincent Health Center houses 10 private rooms devoted to labor, delivery and recovery. Tastefully appointed, the rooms offer you comfort, intimacy and the reassurance of knowing the latest technology and equipment are conveniently tucked away in one of the room’s specially designed cupboards. 

And once you've delivered your baby, plan on a pampering environment in your beautifully decorated private room in the Saint Vincent mother/baby unit, part of our new, 27-room renovation. Each room a private bathroom and shower. It is a warm, comforting setting where mother and baby and family can bond and includes beautiful  tasteful wall coverings, plush carpeting, a private bath, telephone, television and reclining chair. Expectant mothers are also welcome to visit the Saint Vincent Labor and Delivery area.

For a private tour, please call 814.452.5255.

Learn more about your Postpartum stay at Saint Vincent and how your baby can save a life the day he or she is born through cord blood donation.

Cord Blood Donation at Saint Vincent

 

Your Baby Can Save a Life!

At Saint Vincent, your baby can become a part of a life-saving mission on the very day he or she is born. 

That’s because Saint Vincent has joined a growing number of Catholic hospitals across the country to adopt a cord blood donation program. 

Saint Vincent is the first and only hospital in the region to offer this option.

Cord Blood Donation Guidelines:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You can NOT donate if you are expecting multiple births (this applies to public donation only.)
  • All other questions or inquiries can be answered by calling Mary Wiegel (ITxM’s Cord Blood Program) at 412.209.7479 or email: mwiegel@itxm.org.

 

Public Banking Basic Information:

  • You will receive your Cord Blood kit in the mail after contacting ITxM for information.
  • Please fill out all the information forms. This is very important for the processing of your baby’s cord blood. If you have any questions regarding the kit, the forms or anything, please contact Mary Wiegel at 412.209.7479 or email: mwiegel@itxm.org.
  • Please bring the kit and all the completed forms with you to the hospital. It is very important that you let your nurse knows that you are donating your baby’s cord blood and that you have your kit.

 

The Facts about Cord Blood Donation

Cord blood donation takes stem cells from the umbilical cords of newborns for storage in public cell banks. The cells are later used to help patients with illnesses in which bone marrow therapy was traditionally used, such as cancer and leukemia.  

Prior to this agreement, the only options for local parents was to either have cord blood discarded as medical waste or make paid arrangements with a private organization to have the cord blood stored for the family’s personal use if needed in the future. Both of these options are still available to parents at Saint Vincent. 

The new agreement means parents now also have the option for public donation of their baby’s cord blood to help others in need.  

Bishop Donald W. Trautman of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie stated that cord blood donation is a morally accepted procedure because it does not involve the use of embryonic stem cells, but rather blood taken after the birth of a healthy baby.

Expectant parents who deliver at Saint Vincent will be provided with the information they need so they may make a decision on the umbilical cord donor choice that is right for them. The information will be provided in the physician’s office as well as during childbirth education classes and while in the hospital. The decision on what to do with the umbilical cord blood will be at the sole discretion of the parents.

Cord blood donations go to The Institute for Transfusion Medicine (ITxM) in Pittsburgh, a not-for-profit public cord blood bank, which accepts altruistic donations of cord blood after the birth of healthy babies. 

Questions? Ask your doctor or contact Mary C. Wiegel for ITxM by calling 412.209.7479 or clicking here.

Your Postpartum Stay at Saint Vincent

Saint Vincent Maternal Child Health: After Delivery

Congratulations on your new arrival!

New mothers will be transferred to one of Saint Vincent’s 27 beautiful, brand new  postpartum rooms, each with its own bathroom and shower. 

Bonding with your new baby is important. That’s why each room is private, with its own bath and shower.

Whether you are a first-time mom or a “veteran” who needs to brush up on her skills, specially trained nurses will help you learn more about giving your baby a bath, preparing formula and food, support for breast feeding and even securing your baby’s car seat. Your baby can be with you as often as you wish during your stay at Saint Vincent. A crib can be placed by your bedside so you can “room in” with your baby.

If you prefer to rest or participate in other new-parent activities, our expert nurses will assist with the care of your newborn. Saint Vincent has a fully equipped and staffed nursery designed with your baby in mind. You are welcome to have the baby in the nursery at any time. It’s up to you.

 

Our Special Gift to You: A Halo SleepSack

SleepSack Giveaway to Help Prevent SIDS

New parents who deliver their babies at Saint Vincent will be sent home with the ultimate baby gift: the gift of safety. In an effort to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the Children's Miracle Network (CMN) will provide new parents with a free Halo SleepSack  to help their babies sleep safely at home.

The SleepSack is a wearable sleeveless blanket that can be wrapped and secured around the baby to help reduce the likelihood of SIDS by replacing all loose bedding in the crib that can cover the baby's face. It also reduces the risk of rebreathing, which has been associated as a possible cause of SIDS.

In addition to the SleepSacks, CMN works with the Safe Kids Coalition and the Erie Department of Health to offer Cribs for Kids, a program that provides a Pack 'n Play crib for newborns whose families do not have a crib at home. This too helps to ensure safe sleeping arrangements for all newborns.

A Guide to Visiting a Saint Vincent Maternity Patient

A Guide to Visiting a Saint Vincent Maternity Patient

We realize that a hospitalization can disrupt daily life for the new mom and her loved ones. In order to make the hospital stay as positive as possible, Saint Vincent has compiled some basic information to introduce you to our guidelines and services.  A summary of the maternity nursing unit's special features are included in this guide. 

We are committed to protecting the confidentiality and privacy of our patients, so please understand that patient information can only be given to the persons designated by the patient.

 

Visitor policy

It is our policy to provide the childbearing family with an environment that promotes parent/infant bonding. Visitors and extended family members are encouraged to visit during designated times that best support the new family. Siblings are encouraged to visit after the birth of the baby.

Visiting the Labor & Delivery Unit

This unit is kept locked at all times. In Labor & Delivery, visiting is limited to the two (2) support persons designated by the patient. The two primary support people selected by the patient will be identified by a band or ID tag. These 2 support persons are encouraged to stay with the patient during labor and delivery in the LDR area. All other visitors may wait in the 5th floor waiting area.  

Siblings of the newborn under the age of 13 may visit after delivery if accompanied by a grandparent or other adult.  

 

Mother and Baby unit

General Visiting Hours on the Mother Baby Unit are 3 to 8 p.m. It is during this time that grandparents, siblings, family and friends are encouraged to visit. After 8 p.m., visitation is limited (except for the 2 designated support persons) to grandparents and siblings. One support person is encouraged to stay at all times and is not considered a “visitor”. 

A responsible adult should accompany all children under the age of 13. It is recommended that children under the age of 5 visit for only short periods of time (10-15 minutes).   

 

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

This unit is kept locked at all times and visitors must identify themselves prior to being permitted access to the unit and to an infant. Parents have 24-hour visiting privileges. Siblings are encouraged to visit but must be accompanied by a parent and visits should be short (5-10 minutes). Grandparents are encouraged to visit during general visiting hours of 3 to 8 p.m. Other family members and close friends may visit during the general visiting hours of noon to 8 p.m. for short periods if accompanied by a parent.  

 

Security

We're committed to ensuring the security of all of our patients. Most entrances to Saint Vincent are opened at 5 a.m. and locked at 8 p.m., with the exception of the emergency department entrance on West 24th Street, which remains open 24 hours a day.

The information desk staff, in our main lobby, are happy to help you locate a patient or a visitor between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. If you need a patient's room number, a map to find a particular area, even a listing of area hotels/motels and restaurants, they can assist you.

 

Visitor telephones

Telephones are located in the 5th floor waiting area and pay telephones are located in the lobby of the hospital. 

Patient Telephone Calls

Telephones are connected in all patient rooms.  Please be considerate of our patients’ need for rest & do not call late at night. You may call a patient directly by dialing the seven-digit room telephone number.  

If you do not know the room phone number please call our information desk at 814.452.5800. This telephone is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Unlimited local calls may be made from the patient’s room by dialing “9” and the seven-digit number. Long distance calls must be charged to a telephone credit card or called collect. Use of cellular phones is not permitted in the hospital because the transmission can interfere with the medical equipment monitoring our patients and babies.  
 

5th floor waiting area

A lounge for family and friends is located on the fifth floor between the L&D area and Mother Baby Unit. The phones in the waiting area are provided for the extended family and friends of patients in Labor & Delivery to receive periodic updates on the patient’s progress and condition.   

Vending machines

For your convenience, vending machines are located in the 5th floor waiting area.  Additional vending machines can be found in the courtyard lobby and near the entrance to the dining room. The machines found near the dining room entrance offer a wide variety of beverages, snacks and sandwiches. 

Meal and snack services

Saint Vincent has a large dining room that is opens at 6:30 a.m. each day. Family members and visitors are welcome to have meals and snacks here. Food service is available in the dining room during the following times:     
      

Weekdays:
  6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. 
                    11 a.m. to 2 p.m.     
                     5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Weekends & Holidays: 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
                                       11 a.m. to 2 p.m.    
                                        5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The daily cafeteria menu can be heard by calling extension 5623 on a hospital room phone. Vending machines can be found in the courtyard lobby, in the emergency room waiting area and near the entrance to the dining room.

Café Roses, located in the main lobby of the hospital, sells specialty coffees, teas and gourmet snacks from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
 

Gift Shop

The Saint Vincent Gift Shop is well-stocked with sundries, magazines, paperback books, flowers and a variety of gifts for all ages. The Gift Shop is a project of the Saint Vincent Auxiliary, with proceeds benefiting patient services and the hospital. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Gift Shop is closed on holidays. 

 

Automated Teller Machine (ATM)

For your convenience, a MAC automated teller machine is located in the main lobby on the first floor. 

  

Smoking

Since smoking and the use of tobacco products are major contributing factors to many health problems, Saint Vincent Hospital has instituted a smoke-free policy that prohibits smoking on any Saint Vincent property. This policy is for everyone's health and well-being and has been endorsed by the Saint Vincent medical/dental staff and the Saint Vincent Board of Trustees. 

  

Sending patient mail, flowers or gifts

Before you send a patient mail or flowers, please call our information desk at 814.452.5800 to get the patient's room number. Address your mail or flowers to: Patient Name, Saint Vincent Hospital, Room _______, 232 West 25 Street, Erie, PA 16544. Mail received after a patient's discharge will be forwarded to the patient's home.
You can send a gift to a patient with the click of a mouse by using the Online Gifts section of our website.

 

Saint Vincent Guest House/lodging

The Saint Vincent Guest House is located one block from the hospital and offers overnight accommodations for out-of-town family members of Saint Vincent patients. Reservations are not taken for the Guest House; rather, rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Family members arriving at the hospital between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. should check in at the information desk in the main lobby of the hospital. For more information about the Guest House or other area lodging, call the information desk at 814.452.5800.

 

Local hotels, motels and restaurants

Families of our out-of-town patients can find out about hotels and motels offering special rates by stopping at the information desk to pick up a hotel rate card. Visitors who present the card at any of the hotels or motels listed will receive a discounted rate.

Nurse Midwives at Saint Vincent

For centuries, many women have utilized the skills and insights of midwives for assistance and support in childbirth. Today, certified nurse-midwives provide comprehensive care throughout pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period.   

A certified nurse-midwife (CNM) is a registered nurse who has also completed an accredited educational program in nurse-midwifery and passed an examination given by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). Expectant mothers can utilize the specialized care of Erie's only team of certified midwives. If needed, the consultation and clinical services of the Ob/Gyn physicians in the practice are available.

The benefits of a nurse-midwife include:

  • A personal, more holistic style of care with a lower rate of interventions, such as labor-inducing medications and cesarean sections
  • Full service care, 24/7
  • 1-to-3 patient/midwife ratio, so expectant mothers know who will deliver their babies
  • Support for Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section (VBAC)
  • Availability of water births
  • OB/GYN physicians are at the ready for consultation or referral, if needed.  

To inquire about or contact a nurse midwife, call 814.454.8185.