Frequently Asked Questions

Having a Baby

What breastfeeding support do you have?

NLH has a team of breastfeeding consultant/counselors/trained RN’s to provide continued support during your hospital stay. We offer breastfeeding follow up appointments after discharge for continued support with our lactation consultant every week. Call 518-773-5710 to set up an appt with the consultant. We except babies delivered outside of NLH facility. Breastfeeding support groups are held for mothers on the first Wednesday (12:30-2pm) and third Monday (6:30p-8pm) of every month. No appointment needed. Classes are held at the Birthing Center in the education room. Call 518-773-5710 for more information.

What can I do to help prepare for childbirth?

Participate in a Childbirth Preparation Class. Call 518-736-1120 to enroll or for more information. The class reviews pregnancy, labor, pain management options, delivery, breastfeeding, care of a newborn, a tour of the birthing center and can answer all of your questions.

How many people can I have in the labor and delivery room?

For the safety of mom and baby NLH have limited that only 2 support people be in the L&D room at a time. In case of an emergency we want our medical team to be able to move fast for the safest and effective care to both mom and baby. We have a beautiful family waiting area with coffee, a TV and Wifi access where family and friends can wait comfortably.

Is there an age limit for children that can come on the unit?

There is no age limit for children that are allowed on the unit. When the flu was a threat to our new moms and babies a restriction was placed for their safety but currently there is no restriction. Please do not bring any children who display any signs or symptoms of an illness such as runny nose, cough, fever, or vomiting.

How long will I be in the hospital after I have my baby?

Each patient is different. Most vaginal deliveries stay for 2 days and c-sections stay for 3 days. Depending on how you are feeling and what you and your doctor decide this time period may vary.

After I have my baby do I get to keep my baby with me?

We strongly encourage mother/baby couplet care. Although we do have a nursery and we know that moms get very tired, our nursing staff is more than willing to take your baby so you can rest.

What happens if I have to have a c-section?

The Birthing Center has its own OR suite. We do all of our own c-sections planned and emergent on the unit. Your labor nurse will take care of you until you go to the OR and then her attention will shift to the baby. You will be cared for by our amazing OR team. Once the baby is born and the surgery is complete your care will return back to your labor nurse and you and your baby will recover together in the same recovery room. Here at The Birthing Center we want the mother and baby bonding experience to be uninterrupted.

What if I have a question about The Birthing Center that wasn’t asked here?

Email with any questions regarding the Birthing Center and your pregnancy, or call 518-773-5710.