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For maternity care centered on you and your needs, choose UNM Health System. You'll find compassionate care for your entire well-being as you enjoy the reward of bringing new life into the world.  

Personalized Pregnancy & Birth Experience

From your first prenatal care appointment to your newborn's earliest weeks of life, you'll get help achieving the maternity experience you envision. Choose a certified nurse-midwife, board-certified family medicine physician or board-certified obstetrician to provide guidance, support and medical care as you journey toward childbirth. 

When you're ready for delivery at University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH), take advantage of low-tech ways to help facilitate labor and make you more comfortable – such as getting into different positions and using inflatable birthing balls. You'll also appreciate access to advanced technology and medical care if you or your baby needs them to stay safe and healthy.

Nitrous Oxide for Pain Relief

Prior to – or instead of – an epidural, you may be able to ease labor discomfort with nitrous oxide [PDF], a safe, odorless gas that you breathe through a mask before a contraction begins. You control this pain-relief option, which you'll find at only a few hospital maternity care units in the country.

Gentle Cesarean Sections

Before a scheduled C-section, ask about a gentle Cesarean, which more closely resembles the vaginal birth experience and promotes mother-baby bonding. Your delivery team may:

  • Welcome a doula or adult family member into the room in addition to your partner for support.
  • Allow only essential medical staff in the operating room.
  • Play calming music and dim the lights.
  • Use clear drapes that let you see your baby being delivered.
  • Delay cord clamping to help your baby receive more of the placental blood.
  • Help you and your newborn enjoy skin-to-skin cuddling, whenever possible. 

Private, Spacious Rooms

After delivery, you and your healthy baby will rest, recover and bond in a private, comfortable room with plenty of space for your loved ones. Because UNMH is a designated Baby-Friendly hospital, trust us to support you in breast-feeding and in keeping your well newborn at your bedside so you can easily care for him or her. 

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