Your health care team includes yourself along with doctors, nurses, other clinical staff and hospital staff. If you like, your team can also include your family and friends.
Here at Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare our staff will:
- Give you timely and complete information about your care
- Ask about and listen to your concerns
- Explain things in a way that you can understand
- Encourage your involvement in making decisions about your care and support your choices
- Involve family and friends in ways that you wish
Our staff is ready to support you through your laboring process with mobile monitoring, ambulating, positioning, relaxation techniques and supportive coaching. Your nurses, obstetrician and anesthesiologist will collaborate with you to manage your birth experience, including the choices you have for pain management during labor and the type of delivery you desire.
Should mom or baby have intolerance of labor and a cesarean section is needed, the team of well trained staff will guide you through the experience. If you have had a previous cesarean section and wish to try for a successful vaginal delivery (VBAC), the staff along with your OB, is skilled and ready to help you.
At ValleyCare, we offer couplet care which allows the same team to care for you and your baby throughout your stay. This offers personalized time and attention to help moms feel comfortable asking questions and addressing specific needs during the stay.
Care Team Members
Your childbirth team is highly skilled and focused on a healthy delivery for you and your baby. You can expect your doctor and nurses to provide seamless coordination and support throughout your hospital stay. Your team will consist of your OB/GYN, your baby's pediatrician, pediatric hospitalist, maternal child nurses, anesthesiologist and breastfeeding specialist.
- OB Laborist: Your OB/GYN provides medical care throughout your pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum. If you should need emergency physician care during any part of your stay, our in-house OB Laborist will coordinate care with your OB/GYN.
- Pediatric Hospitalist: Your pediatrician will round on your baby during your hospital stay. If your baby needs extra help during delivery or while in the NICU, we have Stanford Children’s Health pediatric hospitalists on-site, around the clock. Stanford Children’s Health is recognized throughout the world as a leader in health care, known for innovation, medical breakthroughs, and compassionate care.
- Nurses and Staff: Your nurses care for you throughout your stay and have years of experience in caring for moms and newborns. Many of our nurses have specialized training in neonatal care, labor and delivery, mom and baby care, and pediatrics.
- Anesthesiologist: Our dedicated OB anesthesiologist is available on the unit to collaborate with you and the team and will help you achieve the pain support desired for your delivery.
- Breastfeeding Specialist: To provide support for breastfeeding mothers, we have certified lactation consultants who will visit you during your hospital stay and who are available in our Lactation Center after discharge. The Lactation Center provides breast pumps for purchase or rent, as well as nursing supplies, education and support. Lactation specialists are available every day of the year.
Talk to Us
If you have any questions, or if there is anything regarding your care you feel we should know, we want you to speak up. You can talk to any member of your health care team at any time.
Hospital staff are usually available at specific times:
- The OB and Pediatrician will visit your room once or twice a day. This is a good time to ask your questions. The times the doctor’s visit may vary from day to day. If you or your family needs to talk to a doctor at any time, please let your nurse know.
- Nurse shift changes occur when nurses who are going off duty share information about you with nurses who are coming on duty. Your nurses will change shifts between 7 and 7:30 a.m. and 7 and 7:30 p.m. At Stanford Health Care- ValleyCare this happens right by your bedside so you can be involved. If you approve, you can have your significant other in the room at shift changes. For your privacy, and also to focus on your safe patient care and communication, we may need to ask visitors to step out.
- When plans are being made for your care after your hospital stay, we will include you, your family and your caregivers. We want to make sure you know how to take care of yourself when you leave the hospital.
- If you have questions during your stay, you can also write them down in the handbook given to you upon admission or on the white board in your room.