Labor and Delivery at Pennsylvania Hospital: A Virtual Tour for Expecting Families

Labor and Delivery at Pennsylvania Hospital: A Virtual Tour for Expecting Families


(lively music) – [Narrator] Welcome
to our video tour of Pennsylvania Hospital’s
Labor and Delivery unit. In this video, you’ll
learn what to do when it’s time to
deliver your baby. First things first, Pennsylvania Hospital is located in Center City, Philadelphia on 8th Street between Spruce
Street and Pine Street. If you’re arriving between
5:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, you can use our
valet services right in front of the main
entrance on 8th street. If you’re arriving
outside of valet hours, there’s a parking garage across
the street from the hospital at the corner of 8th
and Delancey Street. Enter the parking garage by making a left
on Delancey Street and then a right
into the entrance. If you’re entering the
hospital between 5:30 a.m, and 8 p.m., walk right on in. If you’re entering
during off hours, and security staff are not
available to assist you, push the call button on the box to the right of the entrance and security will let
you in the building. Once you’re inside, head towards the welcome desk. Then take a right to
get to the elevators. Take the elevators
to the third floor, then follow the
sign to the right that says Labor and
Delivery Registration to check in with our
registration clerk. After check-in,
you’ll be brought to a room in the
Perinatal Evaluation and Treatment Unit or PETU for an initial
medical evaluation. If it’s determined that
you’re in active labor, you’ll be admitted
to Labor & delivery. Sometimes you’re not quite
ready for delivery yet and you might be advised
to continue early labor in the comfort of your own home. Once you’re admitted
to Labor & Delivery, you’ll be taken to your room which will have
all the accessories you’ll need when giving birth. Birthing balls,
squatting bars, and more. We tailor our care to the needs and desires of all our patients. Please make sure all visitors and support people
know they’ll need to check in on the ground floor at the welcome desk before
coming upstairs to visit. When in the PETU, you may have
one support person with you. When in the delivery
room, three support people are allowed at one time. If you’re working with a doula, they are allowed in the
delivery room as well. All other visitors can
wait in the waiting room across from the PETU
until you’re ready for them to meet your new baby. Be sure to let them know that you’ll be spending
at least the first hour getting to know your baby before welcoming any visitors. The first hour after birth
is best spent skin to skin with your baby helping your
little one adjust to life on the outside. This skin-to-skin time helps
keep your baby’s blood sugar and body temperature normal, helps with feeding and
helps keep both mother and baby calm and content. Congratulations to all the new and expecting parents out there. We look forward to making
your birthing experience as easy and stress
free as possible here at Pennsylvania Hospital.


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