Delivering Your Baby at MelroseWakefield Hospital
Welcoming your baby into the world is a special experience and we have a loving environment with all the resources and expertise you need, close to home.
We provide excellence and expertise throughout your pregnancy from prenatal support to delivery, to the moment you take your baby home for the first time.
Expert Care for High-Risk Pregnancies
Our clinical affiliation with Tufts Medical Center enables our moms with high-risk pregnancies to see a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at MelroseWakefield Hospital and to have their care co-managed by both MelroseWakefield Hospital and Tufts Medical Center physicians. Together, we work to provide the best care for both mother and baby, alleviating the need to travel to Boston for specialized prenatal care.
Private Labor, Delivery & Recovery Rooms
Our labor and delivery rooms are furnished to provide a home-like, comfortable environment for you and your birth partner. Following delivery, you, your baby and partner have a chance to rest in our quiet and soothing postpartum rooms. Our focus on family-centered care encourages early bonding through skin-to-skin contact.
You will never be separated from your newborn and your birth partner can be with you through the entire time.
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
Many women are candidates for vaginal delivery after having had cesarean delivery with a previous child. MelroseWakefield Hospital’s comprehensive team of anesthesiologists and obstetricians, supported by many ancillary services including fetal monitoring are again providing vaginal birth after cesarean, or VBAC, as an option for patients. This provides additional options for women when talking with their providers about delivery.
Clear Surgical Drapes During C-Section
If you need or have scheduled a cesarean section, or C-section, we offer a family-centered approach that allows the mother and birth partner to participate in the delivery. We can use clear surgical drapes so you can see your baby being born and enjoy a more natural birth experience. We facilitate early skin-to-skin contact and allow for the first breastfeeding session to happen before routine procedures.
Nitrous Oxide for Pain Management During Delivery (Coming Soon)
In early 2020, mothers in labor will have the option of using nitrous oxide as a calming and pain management agent. Nitrous oxide is safe and effective and is self-administered by the mother, it takes affect quicker than an epidural and does not affect the baby. The use of nitrous oxide does not limit movement by the mother and has a relaxing effect that helps mothers better manage labor.
Level II Special Care Nursery
We’ve been providing neonatology care with specialists from Tufts Medical Center for over 20 years. It’s comforting to know if your baby needs extra care, we have a level II special care nursery close to home, right here at MelroseWakefield Hospital. Staffed by neonatologists from Tufts Medical Center, we provide expert care including pediatric cardiology, neurology, surgical services and genetic testing and counseling for our tiniest patients.
Should your baby need highly-specialized care, we collaborate with our partners at Tufts Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center’s Floating Hospital for Children to provide the appropriate level of care and access to specialists quickly and easily.
Our staff of specially-trained nurses and lactation consultants are dedicated to helping you breastfeed. They are available at any time after you deliver.
When you are home, we are further support and coach you with breastfeeding. We welcome calls and appointments by calling at 781-979-MILK (6455).
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