our full maternity setups
- Your bed. Labor and delivery beds break down in the middle to become birthing beds, complete with stirrups, handles, and even a birthing bar (to hold onto as you push) on some models. Postdelivery, they’re whisked back together with nary a sign of the incredible transformation that just happened.
- Medical equipment. There’s a surprising amount of medical equipment tucked away neatly and discreetly in labor and deliver rooms — in case of an emergency. There may be suction and oxygen receptacles hidden behind those pretty pictures on the walls, and those nice wooden closets and doors often hold the delivery table and an array of infant resuscitation equipment that can be wheeled in at delivery or as necessary. In some labor and deliver rooms, with the flip of a switch a paneled ceiling may convert to reveal overheard lights and a birthing mirror.
- The fetal monitor. Along with your bed, your IV pole, and your blood pressure equipment, most labor and delivery rooms house a bedside fetal monitor that attaches to the mother’s belly to monitor contractions and the baby’s heart rate. One note: Be careful about watching those contractions on the screen — they’re usually external monitors that measure the rate and rhythm of your contractions and can’t tell you the true intensity, so what looks like a “small” contraction on the screen might feel a bit more intense! The fetal monitor also usually houses a computer where your nurse will input vital medication information to keep track of your labor’s progress.