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Women's Health Services (Obstetrics)

Preparing for Your Hospital Stay

The First Hour

The care of your baby immediately after birth facilitates transition to life outside the womb. While it is important to clinically assess the baby, it is also meaningful in the short and long terms for you and your baby to spend time skin-to-skin and, if you are breastfeeding, with your first feeding. This time of bonding is physically and emotionally important to the well-being of mom and baby. Unless there is a need for medical assistance, we support this time of new beginnings for vaginal and cesarean births. 

Maternity Unit

We have six LDRP (Labor/Delivery/Recovery/Postpartum) and five WHS (Postpartum) rooms and two triage beds for your hospital stay, staffed by specialty-trained nurses and team members. We suggest rooming in with your baby to encourage the bond between you and your new baby.

Breastfeeding / Lactation Services

We provide support, information and all the assistance you need to breastfeed your baby. We have board-certified lactation consultants on staff to assist you. The first feeding sets the pace for subsequent feedings. Babies are often awake and ready to feed right after birth. Take advantage of The First Hour to bond with your baby and experience your first feeding. After that, feed when the baby seems hungry, at least 8 to 12 times each day. Click here for Five Keys to Successful Breastfeeding.

Anesthesia Services

In-house anesthesia coverage is available for our labor and delivery patients 24/7. We also provide patient-controlled epidurals during labor.

Visiting Guidelines 

Identification: A photo ID is required to visit in all areas of Women & Children’s (W&C). A visitor badge will be provided at the reception desk or the desk in the NICU waiting area. If there is no one at the desk, you will be directed to a camera box on the wall to the right of the double doors into the units. Press the round button and wait for a reply, provide your name and patient’s name you wish to visit and you will receive further instruction.

Labor & Delivery: Women in labor may receive a total of five visitors at any one time (this includes the baby’s father and any children). Please check in and out as visitors change. For C-section patients, one adult support person is allowed in the OR and only two visitors in the recovery area.

The First Hour: The first hour after delivery is a special time for new parents and baby to bond. We encourage skin-to-skin contact with mother and breastfeeding. Staff will limit interruptions during this time, and we encourage visitors to respect this very special time as well. 

Mother/Baby: Visitors are welcome during regular hospital visiting hours. However, we ask that visitors observe the daily mom and baby rest time from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. to provide new mothers much needed rest. Only one adult may spend the night. During a newborn hearing screen, all phones and TV must be quiet and talking limited for about 20 to 30 minutes. 

NICU: Parents are encouraged to visit as much as possible. Parents may designate up to four people who may visit without parents’ presence; otherwise, a parent must be with all visitors. Visitors are limited to four at one time due to space. For additional information, please call 912-384-2500.

Children: Children who are healthy may visit when accompanied by an adult. Children may not be left unattended and should not be sick or have had a recent exposure to a communicable disease, especially chicken pox. NICU: Children must be two or older and a brother or sister of the infant. Vaccinations should be up to date. Visit time should be based on the child’s age and ability to sit still in a small space. During RSV Season (October through April), children must be age 15 or older to visit. NOTE: Children’s visitation on any unit may be restricted during flu season or as needed for patient safety.



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