Expectant mothers in labor must check in at registration. Between 7:00 am - 7:00 pm, patient register at the main registration located on the central level of the hospital. Between 7:00 pm - 7:00 am, patients register at the Emergency Department check-in. After registering, patients are assessed and placed in a birthing suite depending on the mother-to-be's circumstances. Childbirth Preparation Classes
Expectant mothers and partners can take advantage of the hospital's evening prenatal classes that cover all aspects of the birthing process, from labor to birth and parenting. A series of six informative classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. The series includes breathing and relaxation techniques, what to expect in labor, labor support, birth options, newborn care, breastfeeding, post-partum care, and a hospital tour. Participants need to bring three pillows and a mat to each class.
For information on class schedules, registration and fees, call (505) 913-5793.
Hospital Tour for Expecting Parents
We understand how important it is for an expecting parent to feel comfortable and as prepared a possible for the birth. We offer hospital tours every 3rd Saturday of the month. If you are interested in a hospital tour please meet in the Labor & Delivery waiting are (3rd floor- right of the elevators) at 10:00am.
LDRP Birthing Suites
At CHRISTUS St. Vincent, women give birth in our 11 Labor-Delivery-Recovery-Postpartum (LDRP) suites. These sunny, home-like suites provide mothers and families with a single-room birth experience for normal deliveries, eliminating the need to move the mother from room-to-room during labor. The LDRP suites are large enough to accommodate visiting family members and feature chairs that roll out into beds for the birth partner.
Before going home from the hospital, new mothers can meet with our discharge planners to determine if they will need additional help caring for their baby and to receive recommendations and referrals to the appropriate social service agencies if needed.