Preparing For Your Delivery
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Description of LRMC Perinatal Services
Our Physical Facilities
Liberty Regional Medical Center’s Perinatal Services Department is a Level I center which provides care to child-bearing women and newborns around the clock. Elements of the program include:
· Two “OB Triage” rooms on the unit used for observation for pregnant women who have needs prior to delivery.
· Four Labor & Delivery rooms, where moms-to-be receive nursing care and support throughout the labor and delivery process.
· Four Post-Partum rooms, where mom and baby together recover from the process and new parents can adapt to caring for their newborn with guidance and teaching from the nursing staff and other professionals.
· Operating and Recovery Room, for moms who need a Cesarean Section, either planned or unplanned.
· Newborn Nursery. Even though babies normally stay with mom in the Post-Partum room, the nursery is used for newborn assessments, procedures such as circumcision, and for any newborn requiring a higher level of nursing care.
LRMC promotes the “Magical Hour” after delivery. Studies have shown that initiating skin-to-skin contact as soon as possible after birth, when mom and baby are both stable, assists the newborn in adapting to an external environment. By simply allowing the newborn to lay against the mother’s chest (skin-to-skin), he or she can have an easier time adjusting to living outside the mother’s womb. This practice keeps the baby warm and calm during the first hour. It also helps normalize the heart rate and breathing patterns of the newborn. Of course, the natural bonding process occurs as well.
The time frame of the “magical hour” can be adjusted to the new mother’s comfort level. Dad can also join in by holding his newborn skin-to-skin. During this time, the mom and baby are assessed by nursing staff. However, the staff will try to complete assessments with minimal interruption to this vital period.
Georgia 5-STAR Hospital Initiative
Liberty Regional Medical Center participates in the Georgia 5-STAR Hospital Initiative, which is a program designed to encourage and support breastfeeding. Participation means that LRMC Perinatal Services Department staff have been trained to help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of
birth. The nursing staff can show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation (secretion of milk), even if she is separated from baby.
Breastfeeding on demand is encouraged and made easier by having the baby “room in” with mom in the Post-Partum room.
Liberty Regional Medical Center participates with Georgia Perinatal Quality Collaborative (GaPQC). GaPQC is a network of perinatal stakeholders working together to improve the quality of care and outcomes for Georgia mothers and babies. GaPQC leads statewide implementation of quality improvement initiatives through technical assistance, quality improvement training, education, and data support to hospitals.
Perinatal Education Classes
For Liberty OB/GYN practice patients, LRMC has partnered with Birthly, an online education provider, to provide a variety of live, interactive classes at no additional cost to our patients. The live environment allows new moms or parents to connect with certified and experienced childbirth educators. The class format allows for Q & A and chats among participants to compare experiences.
Classes currently offered include:
· Early Pregnancy Preparations.
· Prenatal Education Bootcamp (English and Spanish).
· Coping and Comfort.
· Breastfeeding 101 (English and Spanish).
· Newborn Care (English and Spanish).
Each class is offered multiple times per month, allowing patients flexibility. Classes can be access via laptop, tablet, or another mobile device. Liberty OB/GYN patients will be given an access code to register. For more information about the classes, please speak to provider or office personnel at Liberty OB/GYN.
Safety and Security/Visitation
Hospitals including LRMC continue to follow CDC recommendations regarding masking requirements. To enhance safety, mothers may have two designated visitors.
To ensure the safety of our moms and newborns, the Perinatal Services Department is a “locked unit.” To be able to enter the unit, visitors press the “doorbell” button on the wall outside the double doors. The doors are unlocked by a staff member only after identifying the designated visitor via intercom and monitor screen. The doors must be unlocked by a staff member each time a visitor exits the unit, as an additional safety measure.
Staff members are easy to identify. Badges on the unit have the image of three hearts under the staff photo. While nursing staff may take the newborn to the nursery for assessment, mothers and their designated support person or visitor are instructed to not allow anyone without these 3 heart-badges to take the newborn out of the room for any reason.
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