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Forum Name: Obstetrics

Question: Hospital staff present during delivery


 mickapoo - Thu Jun 22, 2006 9:03 am

I went on a hospital tour of the labor and delivery floor, and was told that present during delivery are 5 hospital staff: the labor nurse, physician, technician, respiratory therapist, and nursery person. My question is, is it possible for a patient to put in a request, either with the nurse or doctor, that only the nurse, physician, and tech are present? I know the respiratory therapist and nursery worker are there for the baby once it's born, so can't they come in after you deliver? Is this a request that would be considered, or it is not even an option? Thank you.
 tatbker - Sat Jun 24, 2006 7:11 am

Dear Mickapoo,
Unless there you are expecting anything less than a normal outcome for you and your baby than there should be no need for all of those people to be present at your delivery. It is your labor and your delivery and you should you speak to your nurse upon your arrival to the hospital if not before. I would call the nurse manger of the unit and discuss it with her because it may be that the resp. therapist and nursery nurse only come in a case when needed and when needed you of course would want them there. But in any other case you would want your newborn handed to YOU after YOU have delivered it.
I am a labor nurse on a very busy labor unit and we have 2 labor RNs and a MD or CNM attending our deliveries and only invite the special nursery care staff in when needed. This may be the case at this hospital as well and if not you go ahead and demand that. What you are asking is not unreasonable AT ALL!!
GOOD LUCK!!! and the best to you and your family.

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