If you live in the area and you're looking to deliver soon you may be looking for a place to have your baby. There are many options in the Salt Lake City area, and throughout this blog I will provide experiences, pictures, and information about those places.
The University of Utah is located at 50 N Medical Drive in Salt Lake City, on the north east side of campus.
Here are some things that set the U of U apart:
- They LOVE doulas!
- Both OBGYNs and Midwives are able to deliver babies, and sometimes they work together in the delivery room assisting with the delivery
- Beautiful birthing rooms! Spacious and comfortable rooms are available with private bathrooms with tubs and showers for mom and partner. You will labor and deliver in the same room, which eliminates the need to move to a different area during the transition phase.
- They are one of 73 hospitals nationwide to participate in the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BHFI) which helps hospitals give breastfeeding moms information and skills they need to successful breastfeed their babies.
- The U is a research hospital and are always conducting some kind of clinical trial, so depending on when your due date is you may be able to participate
- While pregnant, the U provides perinatal education and birthing classes, which can be found here: https://healthcare.utah.edu/womenshealth/pregnancy-birth/perinatal-education.php and most classes are taught by an amazing nurse named Janette or a local doula.
- The U specializes in high risk pregnancy, maternal fetal diagnostics, genetic counseling, preemies, and they have a NICU.
I have had the opportunity to support many mothers in their delivery at the U and have gotten to know the providers, common practices, and general beliefs held by employees at the University of Utah Labor and Delivery Unit. Below are my two cents:
- The U is very easy to get to no matter which direction you are coming from. There are never any problems with parking and the rooms are comfortable with individual thermostats.
- They currently have one tub available to labor and deliver in. The tub and bathroom in this room are set up for you to deliver your baby in (if you wish) and they will help move you to the bed to deliver your placenta (this helps them accurately measure the amount of blood loss).
- Nurse Janette is the woman you want by your side if you are aiming for a natural birth at the University of Utah. She is only in L&D on Mondays and the other days she teaches natural birth preparation classes. I have worked side by side with her through quite a few deliveries and she is amazing!
- I have heard some comments from nurses encouraging women who want a natural birth to take pain medication, have an epidural, or use Pitocin to speed up labor. While generally speaking the U does a great job adhering to birth plans when it comes to who is cutting the cord, breastfeeding preferences, cleaning the baby, skin-to-skin etc., they do "push" medication and other interventions more than my doula heart would like.
Overall I love the University of Utah and when clients tell me that is their birth place I smile inside knowing they are in fantastic hands there.