At Abbeville General we know there are several things you expect when you welcome a newborn into your family. You want to experience the comforts of home within the safety and security of a hospital setting. You want the people who help with your labor and delivery to be well-trained and concerned about you and your baby. Most importantly, you want it to be a time of happiness and sharing with your loved ones.
Our staff treats you like family. From the moment you arrive, you will experience a special kind of care that will continue until you leave with your newborn. The staff of Labor and Delivery, Postpartum and the Nursery work together as one team to give you and your family the experience of a lifetime.
The Maternal Child Care Department is located on the first floor of the hospital adjacent to the Operating Room and near the Gift Shop. There are family waiting areas for the convenience of family and visitors.
Our unit contains two private LDR rooms in which you will labor, deliver and recover, and one Antepartum room in the event you would need testing procedures during your pregnancy. These rooms contain new fetal monitoring equipment to record your contractions and the baby’s heartbeat, plus other necessary equipment for the birth. After your delivery, you will recover on the same unit walking distance away in one of our four postpartum rooms.
High Risk Pregnancy
Even if your pregnancy is considered “high risk”, or you have conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, Abbeville General can provide the required specialized care and tests as ordered by your physician to ensure a healthy outcome of your pregnancy. Cesarean sections are done in the Operating Room that is adjacent to the unit, and then you continue your recovery in a private postpartum room in the OB department.
Labor and Delivery
During your labor, one of our specially-trained nurses will be your nurse and there when you need assistance. Whenever possible, the same nurse will care for you throughout labor, delivery, and recovery. A nurse from the nursery attends the birth to take care of your newborn.
If your baby needs oxygen or medications or special attention to conditions such as respiratory problems, infection, low blood sugar, or jaundice, the baby will likely be taken to the nursery with a nurse skilled to care for their needs.
Our specialized skilled staff members understand that there are many decisions to make about childbirth and your need for comfort is important, so we ensure that the very latest in pain management techniques are available to you 24 hours a day. Whether you are attempting a natural delivery or requesting an epidural, we are able to provide you with the comfort and control needed for a safe delivery.
After delivery, when you move to your private room, your nurse will be experienced in caring for moms who have just given birth and their newborns. She’ll help you get accustomed to the daily routine of caring for the newborn. Hands-on instruction will let you feel confident in your new role. If you decided to breastfeed, she will offer gentle guidance and answer any questions you may have. We encourage you to keep your baby with you in your room as research has proved it is beneficial to mother, baby, and the family unit.
Safety and Security of your Baby
We take the safety and security of your baby very seriously. As a result, we have taken several steps to ensure your baby’s safety:
Matching identification bracelets are placed on the baby, mother, and support person of mother’s choice immediately after the birth of the baby. These bracelets should be worn until after discharge of the baby from the hospital. Only those people wearing bracelets can bring the baby to and from the nursery.
All OB and Nursery staff wear special Abbeville General Hospital photo ID badges that are different than the other hospital badges. We encourage new families to question anyone who comes into your room if you are not sure they are allowed to take your baby from your room .
-Bracelet Security System
Abbeville General features an infant security system that delivers an unmatched level of security against infant abduction. Trusted by hundreds of hospitals worldwide, this system offers the reliability that our patients and staff can depend on.
As an added measure of security, the door to the nursery has a keypad that allows only OB/Nursery staff to enter.
In addition, your baby is foot printed and photographed shortly after birth. These photos are available for the Web Nursery and purchase through Mom 365 (www.mom365.com).
Last year we helped bring over 100 babies into the world. This year we are also bringing them to the world wide web.
Here is how it works:
When you arrive at AGH to have your baby, you will have the option of having a photo taken of your baby for the Web Nursery. Your family and friends will be able to see your bundle of joy within 7-10 days after birth.