As of 2/23 at 7am, we have updated both hospitals' Visitation Policy: Maternity patients may have 2 support persons, 1 of which may be a doula. Per 2/15 update: In other cases (not including COVID patients) 1 visitor will be allowed per hospital stay, with no rotations allowed.Click to View Our Visitation Policy (.pdf)
The Women’s and Children’s Pavilion at RMC is dedicated to giving women the choices they need to have the birthing experience they want. From a natural, non-medicated birthing experience to epidurals with fewer overall interventions, RMC is focused on supporting your labor and delivery goals.
Each woman and pregnancy is different. Talk to your obstetrician about whether a low-intervention delivery might be right for you. For higher-risk patients, some of our less interventional components may be able to be incorporated into your births, too.
For more information on natural or low-intervention options at RMC, call 256-235-5132.
Low-Intervention Delivery Options
We offer self administered nitrous oxide for pain relief on low risk patients. The patient is instructed on how to hold mask to face when contractions start and until contraction is over. A great benefit of the nitrous is that it leaves your system quickly and a minute amount crosses to the placenta. This also can be utilized for perineal repairs on those patients without epidural anesthesia.
We offer water immersion for pain management for our low risk patients. When a patient is in active labor, she can immerse herself into the water for pain management.
We offer birthing stools and birthing balls for optional positions for the labor process.
We offer portable monitoring so that patients can be monitored during ambulation on the unit.
Benefits of Low-Intervention Deliveries
The potential benefits of a non-medicated labor and delivery include:
- A shorter after-birth recovery period
- No major surgery and recovery from a caesarean section; no scar and no pain related to the procedure
- An earlier start to breastfeeding as mother and baby are both alert post-birth