PregnantFor many expectant couples, the day you go to the hospital to have your baby is a day of excitement and anticipation. Discuss with your doctor the symptoms of labor and how to contact him/her prior to your arrival at Riverside Regional Medical Center.

Labor And Delivery
Our Labor and Delivery (L&D) suites are temporarily located on the third floor while the second floor suites are under renovation. Phase one of the construction process will be complete in the spring of 2016; the entire project will be competed by the end of the year. Our location on the third floor has 12 Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) rooms, four ante-partum rooms (rooms for expectant moms who require in-patient services prior to delivery), three triage rooms, two operating suites for Cesarean births and a three-bed, post-anesthesia care unit. Due to the intimate setting of our L&D suites, we are limited in space; so for safety, we encourage two visitors to attend the delivery and one family member in triage. Big brothers and big sisters are welcomed too, but we ask that someone other than your labor support person care for the children. Please contact your obstetrics office for more detailed information.

In the spring of 2016, the new Labor and Delivery area will include:

  • 12 LDR suites with surround sound and ambient lighting media options, two with therapy tubs for increased comfort measures.
  • Four fully equipped ante partum rooms (rooms for expectant moms who require in-patient services prior to delivery), enhanced with a refrigerator and small dining area amenities.
  • Three private triage rooms.
  • Two state-of-the-art operating suites with pre-op and post-anesthesia care beds optimizing patient comfort, access and infant safety.
  • Wireless fetal monitoring and new vein illumination technology.
  • Access to birthing mirrors, bars and peanut balls to aid in the labor process.
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If you arrive between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.:
We encourage you to use our complimentary valet service, available Monday through Friday. Simply drive to the Main Entrance where a member of the valet staff will greet you. Your visitors can also use the free valet service.

If you arrive before 7:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m.:
Valet service is not available before 7:00 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m. Please park in any of the Patient/Visitor parking areas. You may walk to the Main Entrance or ride in one of the Riverside Shuttle vehicles to the Main Entrance. The Shuttle picks up patients and visitors from parking areas throughout the Riverside Regional Medical Center campus.

If you arrive between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.:
Our Main Entrance is usually locked overnight. Simply press and release the call button that you'll see at the Main Entrance. Tell the person answering that you are here to have your baby.
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When you enter the Main Lobby, please go directly to Labor and Delivery, located in the West Wing of the second floor. You'll take the elevators from the Main Lobby to the second floor and follow the signs to Labor and Delivery. One of our team members will assist you to your room. A member of our Admitting Department will visit you in Labor and Delivery to complete your registration details. We encourage all patients to pre-register before delivery day.

Pain Management
Some women manage the discomfort of labor by using prepared childbirth techniques, the birthing ball, warm showers, and/or systemic medication administered through an IV.

Other women choose to have epidural analgesia. This is a commonly used method to provide complete relief from the pain of labor or cesarean birth. It involves an injection into the epidural space through your lower back. Riverside Regional Medical Center is the only Peninsula hospital to offer obstetrical anesthesia coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can speak to one of our anesthesiologists about this option on the Expectant Parents Tour.

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Photographs and Video during Delivery
Many families take photographs and videos at the delivery, but please discuss your plans with your physician prior to your delivery date and with your Labor and Delivery nurse.

Wireless Access
Wireless access is available for our guests.

Your Privacy
For your privacy, our staff will not release information about your progress over the phone. Every Labor and Delivery room and Mother/Baby room includes a telephone that you and your family may use to keep loved ones informed of your progress.

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Signs of labor: Know what to expect

Stages of labor: Baby, it's time!

Inducing labor: Your questions answered

Episiotomy: Can you deliver a baby without one?

Labor pain: Weigh your options for pain relief

Labor pain: Medications for relief

Guide to premature birth

Overdue pregnancy: What to do when baby's overdue