Maternity care: Your childbirth experience
“I was looking forward to having a second child and a sibling for our other child,” said Laura Palmer, who delivered son Joshua in Community Hospital South’s newly renovated maternity unit on April 6. Palmer, of Bargersville, delivered daughter Julia at Community in October 2008. She found both deliveries to be positive experiences.
“Joshua was born a little early—two weeks early by C-section—but he’s very healthy and we’re so excited to have him,” Palmer said. “I hope that he grows up to be a very healthy, successful person.”
New mothers like Palmer who choose to give birth at Community South will find they have many options available to them during their stay. Since every mother has a unique plan for her childbirth experience, Community’s staff is committed to personalized care that also considers the family experience. Some mothers opt for private, natural labor, while others prefer to be surrounded by their families and friends. A mom-to-be may want relaxing massages, dim lights in her room, music or minimal medication intervention to be part of her birth plan, all of which can be determined prior to arriving at the hospital.
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Private LDRP suites
Community South’s new labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) suites offer moms a home-like, non-clinical atmosphere for the birthing experience. The renovated family rooms are modern and spacious, with an abundance of natural light for a healing environment. Designed for all stages of the hospital stay, they allow new mothers and their families to stay in one room throughout the entire visit. An arrangement known as “rooming-in” allows new parents to adjust to their newborn right in the same room, too.
“I’m a breastfeeding mom, so for me, I could feed on my baby’s hunger cues,” said Palmer. “He was always with me, so I knew when he was hungry. I could develop a bond with him, especially during the first few days of life when you’re just getting to know each other. You’re learning about them, how often they want to eat, their sleeping patterns.”
“We focus on family-centered care,” said Paula Everts, R.N., clinical director of Family Rooms at Community South. “The family becomes the hub of everything we do. They stay in the same environment for the entire hospital stay and the same nurses care for the mother through labor, delivery and postpartum. This helps to foster a better relationship between patients and their care team.”
The LDRP suites offer accommodations that include a dedicated workspace for dads, sleeping quarters, DVD players and wireless Internet connections. This environment facilitates support from new dads and other family members, while also catering to their work and personal needs, which may include updating family and friends about the progression of labor via the Web.
For deliveries that require surgical intervention, two dedicated operating rooms are available on the maternity services unit, specially equipped for cesarean births. Other special childbirth services available for new mothers include doula support during labor and delivery and clinical aromatherapy for relaxation and pain control.
Special care nursery
CHS has upgraded the special care nursery with advanced respiratory technology and specialized staff. The new Level IIB designation means that most infants born as early as 32 weeks, or otherwise requiring advanced medical care, will not require a transfer to another facility. Learn more >>
Community’s level two special care nursery is designed to care for babies needing closer medical supervision. Computerized lighting and noise controls reduce stress on babies and enhance infant biological rhythms to promote development.
“Our level two nursery allows us to care for infants who have trouble breathing or temperature instability,” said Everts. “We can offer greater respiratory support for these babies.”
After two normal deliveries at Community Hospital South, Bethany Hollingsworth expected that the arrival of her third child would be another routine experience. She never thought her baby might need advanced medical support from a special care nursery. As it turns out, her daughter Anniston, born on September 22, was the first baby treated with mechanical ventilation in the hospital’s recently upgraded Level IIB nursery.
Anniston arrived by c-section at 36-and-a-half weeks. Hollingsworth’s doctor informed her of the possibility that her baby would need respiratory assistance because she was pre-term. “I just wasn’t expecting it to get to that point,” says Hollingsworth. Anniston experienced respiratory distress after delivery and was given continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to help slow her rapid breathing. Her condition did not improve, so she received surfactant replacement therapy and was placed on mechanical ventilation.
Hollingsworth is thankful for the care that was available to her daughter so they could recover together on the same unit. After discharge, she visited Anniston in the nursery twice a day. “As hard as it has been to leave her at the hospital, I know the nurses here love what they do. They love the babies." Eight days later, Hollingsworth and her husband were pleased to bring Anniston home to her siblings.
Additional support for moms and babies
A lactation specialist visits new moms on a daily basis to answer questions and help create a positive experience for them with their new babies. In addition, private treatment and consultation rooms are available, allowing doctors and nurses to focus on the needs of each mother and baby.
When it’s time to leave the hospital, Community South offers ongoing support for breastfeeding moms through weekly meetings or phone consultations. To capture patients’ joyful moments with their babies, Little Blessings Photography is available for the newborns’ first photo session.
For Palmer, motherhood is admittedly easier the second time around—and an experience she seems to treasure. “What I enjoy most is watching my kids learn something new every day. It’s pretty amazing how they grow up so fast. Every day is a different day and they do different things. They teach me things.”
Pregnancy text messaging program
Expecting? You might be interested in our pregnancy text messaging program. For more information, visit eCommunity.com/obtext.