Labor & Delivery
Expect exceptional labor and birth support when you deliver at Mount Auburn Hospital. We'll put your needs and preferences first as we work together to create a safe, positive and comfortable birth experience.
Pain Management Options
Ease your labor pains with a wide array of options, such as:
- Acupressure, or pressure-point massage (acupressure) – Applies pressure to specific points on your body
- Aromatherapy – Uses pleasant scents to promote relaxation
- Breathing techniques – Help you relax and reduce feelings of nausea
- Changing positions – Improves circulation; our labor and delivery rooms have a variety of equipment to help you achieve a comfortable position
- Guided imagery and visualization – Relaxes your body and distracts you from pain as you imagine yourself in a calm, comfortable place
- Hot and cold therapy – Eases muscle tension
- Hydrotherapy (water therapy) – Relieves pain and supports relaxation
- HypnoBirthing – Uses self-hypnosis techniques to ease and control surges
- Massage – Uses touch to soothe muscles and block pain
- Pain-relieving narcotics
- Epidural (regional anesthesia) – Blocks pain in the lower half of your body
In 2020, about one-third of births at Mount Auburn Hospital involved no anesthesia.
Family-Centered Cesarean Births
If you need to deliver by cesarean section (C-section), count on your team at Mount Auburn to keep you feeling connected to your birth experience. With our family-centered, or "gentle," cesarean births, you'll have the opportunity to:
- Have a support person with you in the cesarean suite
- See your child being born, if you choose a clear surgical drape
- Have immediate skin-to-skin contact with your baby
Welcome your new baby into the world with immediate, uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact, also known as kangaroo care. These special first snuggles have physical and emotional benefits for both you and baby.
Birth Support from Latina Doulas
If you speak primarily Spanish, ask your prenatal provider about Mount Auburn Hospital's free Latina Doula Program. You'll benefit from continuous emotional and physical support during labor and delivery from a trained professional who speaks your language. Your doula will join your birth team to:
- Help you feel more relaxed and comfortable during labor
- Act as your advocate during childbirth
- Keep you informed about your labor progression
- Contact and involve your relatives or friends as desired
- Support your efforts to breastfeed, if you choose
The service is available 24/7. Many of our Latina doulas are certified medical interpreters.
Delayed Cord Clamping
In most cases, we wait one to three minutes after birth to clamp your baby's umbilical cord. This allows your baby to get more blood from the placenta, which may:
- Improve blood pressure in premature infants
- Increase levels of hemoglobin, the red blood cell protein that transports oxygen
- Help prevent iron deficiency anemia during your baby's first year
Prepared For Emergencies
If you experience unexpected complications, rely on the obstetrical team at Mount Auburn Hospital to have the insight and training to provide the best possible care. As a Harvard-affiliated community hospital, we regularly host hands-on medical simulations and team training in obstetrics — so when a rare but serious complication occurs, we're prepared for it.