COVID-19 and Pregnancy - An Update for our Patients
We would like to take this opportunity to update you about your maternity care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and assure you that our dedicated team of expert nurses, physicians and midwives are committed to providing the safest and most effective care.
Labor and delivery hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho
At Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, we take a family-focused approach to labor and delivery and offer the highest levels of medical care in the region. We are honored to help design a birthing experience in Idaho Falls, Idaho that is just right for you and your baby.
We believe your personalized experience is just as important as our clinical excellence, and we never compromise one for the other. At Eastern Idaho Regional, you'll discover spacious, private rooms, a variety of delivery methods, childbirth classes, breastfeeding classes and experienced labor and delivery nurses, doctors and staff ready to help create the memory of a lifetime.
In the rare case that your newborn needs critical support, our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is equipped 24/7 with board-certified neonatologists and the latest technology.
Prenatal care for a healthy pregnancy
If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, below is a list of things you can do to promote a health pregnancy and baby.
- Take 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day for at least one month before getting pregnant to help prevent birth defects
- Stop smoking and drinking alcohol
- Be sure medical conditions are under control, including asthma, diabetes, oral health, obesity or epilepsy.
- Ensure your vaccinations are current
- Confirm with your healthcare provider it is okay to continue taking any over-the-counter or prescriptions medications you take regularly
- Avoid contact with toxic substances or materials, chemicals and cat or rodent feces
Preparing for delivery
Before your baby’s arrival, sign up to take a childbirth class designed to help you prepare for labor, delivery and early parenting with confidence and support. Both first-time and “experienced” expectant parents in the six to eight months of pregnancy are welcome for classes.
During labor and delivery
When you go into labor, you are in good hands with our attentive labor and delivery nurses, OB/GYNs and highly trained support staff. We use the Monica Novii Wireless Patch System to wirelessly monitor fetal heart rate, maternal heart rate and uterine activity, while allowing you the freedom to move around your room and the unit.
Watch this video about the Monica Novii Wireless Patch System.
Below are some details about our labor and delivery unit:
- We offer IV medications and 24-hour epidural coverage as pain management options
- Our non-medicated pain management options include walking in labor, a birthing bar and birthing balls
- You may choose for family to be present during delivery
- Clear fluids and flavored ice chips are available during labor
- We have two designated C-section suites to expedite delivery in emergency situations
- We can perform post-partum tubal ligation with your C-section or after vaginal delivery
- We encourage “skin to skin” contact between mom and baby immediately after delivery to facilitate bonding and promote newborn stability
- Room furnishings include a birthing bed, sleeper sofa, recliner TV/DVD player and internet access
After the arrival of your little one, you can relax knowing your baby is receiving high-quality care. You and your baby will rest and recover together. Dad or another support person is welcome to "room in" with you.
Below is information on what to expect after delivery:
- Support from our International Lactation Consultant Association (IBCLC) board-certified lactation consultant if you choose to breastfeed.
- Visiting hours for family and friends to meet your little one.
- An infant security system will protect your baby throughout your hospital stay.
- Hearing tests for newborns.
- Kernicterus prevention and jaundice testing and monitoring; light therapy when needed.
- Mom and companion will enjoy a scrumptious three-course celebratory "stork dinner." Enjoy a fresh garden salad, your choice of grilled sirloin pan-roasted chicken breast or cobb salad and a dessert.
Certified nurse midwives
A certified nurse midwife (CNM) is an advanced-practice registered nurse who has completed, at a minimum, a Master’s Degree of Science in Nursing and is certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board.
Similar to an OB/GYN, a CNM provides education and counseling through pregnancy and helps create a birthing plan. For many expecting mothers, a certified nurse midwife offers a more natural childbirth experience. The deliveries take place in the hospital, and the CNM provides labor and delivery care, as well as post-partum care. The midwife suggests different pain management options, and is expertly trained to recognize concerns that require a doctor’s attention.
A CNM is not recommended for high-risk pregnancies because the CNM cannot perform surgical interventions in the case of an emergency.
Here at EIRMC, our goal is to support moms and babies in achieving their breastfeeding goals. We are proud to be a 2016 recipient of the Care Award from the International Lactation Consultant Association.
Research has shown the extensive health benefits of exclusive breastfeeding for both mom and baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for baby's first year and beyond, and the World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding for two years and beyond.
Eastern Idaho Regional offers free breastfeeding classes in Idaho Falls. The class is taught by a board-certified lactation consultant and covers baby behaviors, common challenges and helpful techniques.
We also offer free one-on-one outpatient lactation consultations with a certified lactation consultant. To schedule a personal consultation, call (208) 529-7171.