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Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum Room (LDRP)


Updated January 25, 2014

Mom in Hospital Bed in Labor
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Definition: This is the type of room that some hospitals and almost all birth centers use for their care. Once you are placed in a room, this is the room that you will use for your entire stay at your place of birth. You will give birth here and your baby will stay with you until you are ready to go home. Many of these facilities use the nursery only for babies or mothers who are very ill, rather than well newborn care.

As with the LDR, the LDRP is equipped to handle only vaginal births. Though you can have an epidural and other pain medications in this room if they are available at your place of birth. And, if you are in a hospital and require it, you can also have a forceps or vacuum delivery in the vast majority of LDR rooms. If you require a c-section at the hospital, you will generally not recover in the LDR, even if you labored in one.

The birth center had lovely labor, delivery and recovery rooms that we saw on our tour.

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