Earlier this week I had the opportunity to tour Timpanogos Regional Hospital L&D unit to meet their staff and learn more about the services and specialties offered. While there I was not allowed to take my own photos of the facility, so the pictures in this blog post were found via google search.
A quick background on the hospital:
~It is located in Orem, Utah only a few blocks from the highway.
~It is part of Mountainstar Healthcare which has over 300 hospitals nationwide and is a well-established medical organization.
~There is a strong focus at this hospital on children's health
Some fun facts about Labor and Delivery:
~At last count they have delivered 1,495 babies
~There are 2 c-section suites
~Timp Hospital has a level 3 NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) meaning they are equipped to help premature babies and newborns that weigh less than 1200 grams and have a gestational maturity of less than 30 weeks.
~Have a 24/7 in-hospital laborist
During my tour I was able to meet the staff and talk with them about their jobs and why they enjoy working there. I learned that many of the nurses have worked at Timpanogos Hospital for a number of years, they have a strong passion for helping mothers and babies, and believe in the work they are doing. They are smart and were able to answer questions thoroughly and quickly.
The Labor and Delivery unit at this hospital has one room that is especially set up for natural births, and in this room you will find their only birthing tub. Unfortunately, rooms are not available for reserve and come on a first-come-first-serve basis, so if another woman is laboring in that room, the tub would not be available.
I did ask to see their birth ball and peanut ball, and was told they are not available because they are all in use, which is perfectly fine, except that it was a decently slow night on the unit and still they did not have any they could show me.
**If you do go to Timp Hospital for your birth, and that is something you are interested in having as an option, I would suggest talking to your doula about bringing her birth ball and peanut ball, or to bring your own with you.
The rooms come in varying sizes, most of them have windows (only a few do not), they have a private bathroom with a shower (no tub), and each room has individual temperature control (a nice thing to be able to change throughout labor!).
Many women want to know if they will be allowed to eat and drink while in labor. The new opinion by medical professionals is that it's beneficial for a woman to have fuel and energy for labor, and high protein snacks and fruit are generally allowed. Even though this is the new opinion, some hospitals are slower than others to change their policy around eating and drinking while in labor. Currently at Timpanogos Hospital, a laboring woman is only allowed to eat if she is low risk and her doctor gives individual approval. They do have frozen soda available for sugar, and of course they are allowing ice chips.
I was happy for the opportunity to tour this hospital, the staff were accommodating and friendly. If you want a tour yourself you can schedule it by calling (801) 714-6025.