Labor Tub Promotes Relaxation 
Friday, 16 October 2009 

Templeton, CA -- Similar to the way drawing a bath can help ease tension and promote relaxation, hydrotherapy can benefit women in labor.  Twin Cities Community Hospital now offers hydrotherapy in its Obstetrics Unit. Women may use a labor tub, where they can sit in 95-100 degree water to help with pre-labor contractions.

“Our patients, nurses and physician expressed a desire for a labor tub to help ease anxiety before delivering. Hydrotherapy is an excellent way to assist laboring women with relaxation, comfort and pain relief,” said Shareen Taylor, Director of Twin Cities Obstetrics Department.

Warm-water immersion promotes relaxation and pain management, minimizing the need for medical intervention. With increased relaxation, there is less pain and therefore less anxiety about delivering. Blood supply is also improved, allowing muscle tissue to produce more efficient contractions, while the weightless feeling helps laboring women expend less energy and can deliver more easily. “We are excited to have this choice available for our patient’s special day,” continued Taylor.

Twin Cities Community Hospital, part of Tenet California, is a 114-bed acute care hospital located at 1100 Las Tablas Road in Templeton.  Since opening in 1977, Twin Cities has provided personalized quality patient care as the cornerstone of its operating philosophy.  Twin Cities’ new patient tower, opened in fall 2007, provides 30 new private rooms for obstetrics, intensive and telemetry care patients, and 23 ER suites, including three trauma rooms. 

Twin Cities Community Hospital provides a broad range of medical, surgical and outpatient care.  Working closely with affiliated physicians, Twin Cities places special emphasis on clinical services important to local residents, including hip and knee replacement, surgical care, stroke intervention, emergency care and maternal child services.  

Twin Cities and its sister facility Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center together employ more than 1,700 local residents, making Tenet the second largest private employer in San Luis Obispo County.  More than 115 active medical staff members practice at Twin Cities and 160 local residents volunteer at the hospital.  The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.