How will I deliver my baby?

You can deliver your baby vaginally or by C-section. Talk with your MFM and OB-GYN to figure out the safest and best way to deliver your baby. When you deliver depends on your baby’s age, growth, level of amniotic fluid and test results.

What can I expect after I deliver my baby?

Where your baby will stay

  • Your baby will stay to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) after you deliver. In the NICU, your baby will have special care from highly-trained medical staff.

Medications and medical care

  • Your baby will stay in a warmer or isolette to help him stay warm. Your baby will also have monitors for breathing, heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels.
  • Your baby might need to be put on a ventilator (breathing machine). This can help your baby breathe easier while he/she heals and grows.

Nutrition

  • Your baby will have an IV for fluids and antibiotics. The IV is a tube that helps your baby receive medications, food and water. An IV is inserted into a vein.
  • Your baby will have a nasogastric (NG) tube or an orogastric (OG tube). An NG tube goes through the nose down to the stomach. An OG tube goes from the mouth down to the stomach. Both tubes help make sure your baby’s stomach is empty before surgery. They also help your baby eat until he/she is ready to eat by mouth.

What can I expect after surgery?

Medications and medical care

  • Your baby will be on pain medication to keep him comfortable. The pain medication helps your baby rest and heal. As your baby heals, we will lower the amount of pain medication.
  • If your baby is on a ventilator, it will be removed when your baby can breathe safely on his own.
  • At first, your baby cannot eat by mouth. The intestines need time to heal. Your baby might have an IV called a central venous line (CVL) that lets us give food called total parental nutrition (TPN). As the intestines heal, your baby can slowly drink formula or breast milk.

Care from other specialists

  • When your baby’s intestines heal, a feeding specialist will help your baby with feeding.
Rev. 1/2018. This website is intended to provide health information so that you can be better informed. It is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to treatment of any medical conditions.