Labor and Delivery

At Bon Secours, we know every mom-to-be has their own hopes and wishes for their delivery experience. That’s why we’ve assembled one of Virginia’s most experienced teams of obstetricians and midwives to help you develop a personalized childbirth experience based on your individual needs. With private labor and delivery suites, a collaborative team of obstetricians and midwives, inpatient and outpatient breastfeeding support, and specialized care from maternal fetal specialists and pediatric specialists, it’s the personalized care every mom deserves when they’re expecting.

Magic Hour

In an effort to enhance bonding between parents and newborns and to support breastfeeding, Bon Secours practices “Magic Hour.” Barring any unusual medical needs immediately following delivery, nurses dry infants and place them skin-to-skin on the mother’s chest, allowing precious time for bonding and breastfeeding. Breastfed babies will nurse better when placed skin-to-skin on the mother immediately following birth.

Gentle C-Sections

Gentle C-sections, also known as family centered C-sections, mimic some of the essential components of natural childbirth by allowing the parents to watch their infant enter the world through a clear drape and encouraging skin-to-skin bonding with the newborn while still in the operating room. This process enhances the surgical experience by allowing the mother to be more involved in the birth than a traditional C-section allows.

Pain Management Options

Your preferences for pain relief are completely up to you, and Bon Secours Richmond provides access to a wide variety of pain management options. Some women labor with little or no medication, and some women have epidural anesthesia during much of labor. At our hospitals, we believe these choices are between you and your physician or nurse-midwife.

Nitrous oxide – A blend of 50 percent nitrous/50 percent oxygen, nitrous is inhaled as needed, when in labor, to take the edge off of pain so that labor can progress on its own. Women using nitrous report they are able to stay awake and in control throughout labor. Bon Secours was the first health system in Virginia to offer nitrous oxide as a pain management option during labor.

Hydrotherapy/labor tubs – The use of water as a non-pharmacologic pain relief technique is extremely desirable for many women in labor. The comfortable jetted tubs can be a great tool to help women relax during and between contractions.

“We want to support women and couples by providing many options for the birth of their child,” said Alice Hirata, M.D., Bon Secours Richmond OB-GYN. “Low-intervention and reduced C-sections often provide a better birthing experience, reduced side-effects and improved outcomes for mothers and newborns.”


Ambulatory Fetal Monitors

Lightweight and cordless, the monitor can be carried like a shoulder purse or it can hang from the IV pole, resulting in an increased range of motion for women in labor. Patients can stroll the unit’s hallway, allowing labor to continue naturally while the baby’s heartbeat and the mother’s contraction pattern are being carefully monitored.