Congratulations! Having a baby is a joyous time. Your pregnancy and childbirth experience should be a treasured memory. Memorial Health University Medical Center is here to help.
Your baby’s birth is an occasion for the whole family to share. Our patient- and family-centered care acknowledges the important role partners, siblings, grandparents, and extended family play in welcoming a new member of the family. They may visit you – two at a time – during labor and after delivery. In between, they may await the big moment in our comfortable waiting rooms.
When you choose to deliver at Memorial Health University Medical Center, you are giving your baby the safest start. Most deliveries occur without incident, but if problems come up, you’re in the right place.
Our Level III neonatal intensive care nursery is the only one in the region. We have a team of highly trained physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals who provide the highest level of care for you and your newborn.
What to Expect at a Baby-Friendly Hospital
Our goal is help mothers and babies establish a strong bond from birth. We promote that by implementing these initiatives.
- The Magical Hour (Skin-to-Skin With Baby)
- As soon as your baby is born, he or she will be placed skin-to-skin with you for at least 60 minutes. You will be encouraged to initiate the first breastfeeding during this time. Your care team will assess the baby and perform routine procedures while you are skin-to-skin. You may continue skin-to-skin care throughout your hospitalization. It helps your baby cry less, show fewer signs of stress, and bond with his/her mother.
- Breastfeeding Support and Assistance
- Breast milk is the perfect food for infants. It provides natural antibodies against infection and disease and is easily digested. It also helps babies bond with their mothers. Breastfeeding benefits moms by lowering your risk for breast and ovarian cancer and osteoporosis. Our board-certified lactation consultants help you get started, answer questions, and support you throughout your breastfeeding experience.
- Safe Formula Feeding
- When formula is medically indicated for your baby, or you choose not to breastfeed, your care team will educate you on how to prepare and feed formula safely.
- Rooming In
- We encourage mothers and babies to stay together by practicing rooming in. Studies show that mothers sleep better and longer when their babies are in the same room. Your care team will help you learn how to soothe your baby so you both rest comfortably.
Make sure you’re prepared for your hospital visit.
What to Pack for the Hospital
- Favorite pajamas or nightgown and robe
- Well-fitting bra
- Clothes to wear home
- Makeup and toiletries
- Lip balm
- Cellphone and charger
- Personal items, such as glasses or contacts and hair ties or clips
For your birth partner:
- Cellphone and charger
- Camera with extra batteries or charger
- Clothing for first photos and going home
- Receiving blankets (at least two)
- Car seat (required)
- Lots of love
Delivery & Recovery Rooms
Welcome your new baby in style at Memorial. Our spacious, well-appointed suites were designed with your comfort and safety in mind.
Rich hardwood floors and soft hues create the perfect setting for a birthing experience that is joyous and memorable. Our spacious private rooms let you labor, deliver, and recover all in the same room. When your baby is ready to be born, the room can quickly be transformed into a high-tech delivery suite.
Our labor and delivery rooms feature:
- Comfortable, adjustable beds that enable you to labor in different positions
- Special lighting to enhance relaxation
- Birthing balls
- Sleeper chair for your birth partner
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
If an emergency arises during labor and delivery, you and your family can be quickly escorted down the hall to one of our cesarean birth suites. Your labor nurse will continue to provide your care during surgery and recovery.
Several hours after delivery, you will be moved to a private room in our Mother/Baby area, where you will spend the remainder of your hospital stay. In our Mother/Baby unit, specially trained nurses care for you and your baby.
Your baby will stay in your room with you to encourage bonding and establish breastfeeding. Rooming in has many advantages for mother and baby, including:
- You learn your baby’s feeding cues
- Your breast milk comes in sooner
- You and your baby sleep longer and more soundly
Your nurse will help you learn to soothe your baby so you both get plenty of rest during your stay.
Your comfort and convenience are the goals of our newly renovated Mother/Baby rooms. In each room you will find:
- Private bathrooms with walk-in showers
- Access to an in-hospital video system that allows you to order programs about newborn care
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Cable TV
- 24-hour in-room dining options
In addition, we offer comfortable waiting rooms for your guests. We encourage grandparents, siblings, and others to visit you and your new baby. Our daily quiet time, from 2 to 4 p.m., allows mothers and babies time to relax and rest without unnecessary interruptions from hospital staff or others.
Your guests can purchase food and beverages in the hospital lobby, the basement cafe, the Heart & Vascular Institute lobby, or the snack bar vending machines on the first floor.
In the Hospital
Your care team encourages bonding with your new baby throughout your stay with us. To promote time with your new family, we observe a daily quiet time from 2 to 4 p.m. Lights in the hallways are dimmed and conversation at the nurses’ station is kept to a minimum. You may choose to limit visits from friends and families during this time.
During labor, your nurse will check your vitals every four hours, then more often as labor progresses. This includes blood pressure, heart and respiration rates, and temperature. After delivery, your vital signs will be taken every 15 to 30 minutes as you recover.
When you arrive in your Mother/Baby room, nurses will check vitals for you and your baby every four hours while you are awake. Once your condition is stable, this schedule may be modified.
Obstetricians and pediatricians typically make their rounds in the morning before they see patients in their offices. This means they may visit you and your baby in your room before 8:30 a.m.
To reach your nurse at any time, check the information board in your room. The information is updated each shift to include your nurse’s name and phone number. You may also press the call light or use the zone phone in your room.
As long as your baby is medically stable, your doctor or a nurse will dry the baby and place him or her, naked, on your bare stomach. Both of you will be covered with a blanket. The baby may wear a diaper and/or a hat.
Your care team will perform assessments and routine procedures for your baby while you are skin-to-skin. Your baby’s weight and measurements will be recorded after The Magical Hour. You may continue skin-to-skin care throughout your hospitalization.
Skin-to-skin is ideal for mothers and babies; however, another family member or caregiver may do skin-to-skin care when the mother is unavailable.
What are the benefits of skin-to-skin?
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses recommend skin-to-skin care immediately after birth for the benefit of babies and mothers.
Skin-to-skin helps your baby:
- Transition to life outside of the womb.
- Regulate her temperature. If she is cold, your body will warm her; if she is too warm, your body will cool her.
- Have a good first feeding. If you are breastfeeding, your baby may begin nursing on his own while you are skin-to-skin.
- Lower her risk for high blood glucose levels.
- Return to a normal heart rate after the birth experience.
- Cry less and show fewer signs of stress.
- Bond with his mother.
Research shows that mothers who experience skin-to-skin have:
- Less anxiety.
- More self-confidence in their ability to parent.
- More uterine contractions, which help the uterus return to its normal size.
- Increased bonding due to their ability to smell and feel their newborn.