Labor and Delivery

husband admiring his recovering wife with their newborn baby on her chest

A team of obstetrician-gynecologists, neonatologists, experienced labor and delivery nurses and certified nurse midwives are on hand to assist with your entire labor and recovery. The team at the Birthplace is as familiar with high-risk pregnancies and deliveries as they are with first-time mothers experiencing a typical pregnancy.

Our spacious, private delivery rooms include a bathroom with a shower, a pull-out bed for a partner, a comfortable rocking chair and a television.

Nitrous oxide

The Birthplace offers nitrous oxide to manage pain and improve your labor experience. Nitrous oxide has no lasting effect and can be administered within minutes of your choosing to use it. Learn more

"Nitrous oxide was the help I needed to take the edge off curing a contraction, but it didn't leave me feeling out of it. I was completely in control the whole time."

Family-centered Cesarean

This new approach to cesarean births enables us to incorporate some of the more natural aspects of childbirth that are important to your family without compromising the care. Moms who opt for a family-centered cesarean are able to view the birth through a clear plastic drape and have immediate skin-to-skin contact with baby, which can improve breastfeeding. Learn more

Relaxation and pain management options for unmedicated labor

We offer a variety of relaxation and pain management options to make you feel more comfortable and confident in delivery.  Learn more.

Induced labor

For some women, labor must be induced for a variety of reasons. Your obstetric care provider will discuss with you the reasons for and method to be used to induce your labor.   Learn more

Natural delivery and VBAC

Patients may choose natural delivery or be supported by medication. For patients who are supported during labor by a nurse midwife, you can feel comfortable knowing your nurse midwife is supported and has access to the North Shore’s OB-GYNs and finest specialists right through delivery.