Starting a family or growing an existing one is a wonderful, life-changing experience. And, when only the best will do, you can count on the obstetrical care staff at OCH to deliver!
Our Women's Center is located on the fourth floor in the West Tower and features a Labor and Delivery unit with triage/observation rooms, beautifully-appointed, spacious birthing labor/delivery/recovery rooms, state-of-the art C-section suites with operating rooms and recovery areas as well as an impressive newborn nursery with enhanced viewing areas. In addition, the Center also offers large, well-appointed postpartum suites and comfortable and accommodating waiting spaces for friends and family.
Nurses in the Center work exclusively with obstetrical, newborn and pediatric patients. They are a family-focused team committed to providing the physical assistance and emotional support you need. Our nursery nurses pride themselves in offering all the TLC your little one deserves. They also perform a variety of screenings to ensure that your newborn gets the best start, including hearing screens. In addition, our certified lactation consultants stand ready to offer guidance and address any breastfeeding concerns. Prior to discharge, our certified child passenger safety seat technicians can verify that your baby’s seat is safely installed in your car.
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The entire Center staff is readily available to answer questions and provide the assistance and support new families need. You can count on us to provide all the “extras” to ensure that this special time in your life is nothing less than exceptional!
OCH is a special place for Special Beginnings!
Take a look around our maternity ward!
Visiting hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Each visitor is issued a pass at the front desk in the lobby upon arrival. Three visitors are allowed in a patient room at one time.
As long as accompanied by a responsible adult, siblings can visit their mother and newborn brother or sister in patient rooms during regular visiting hours -- 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily.
At OCH, a new mother can choose to keep her baby in her room. This "rooming-in" program greatly increases maternal-infant bonding and gives the mother a chance to care for her baby while professionals are nearby to give guidance and answer questions.
We encourage all moms to hold their infants skin-to-skin after delivery. This time is special for you and your baby. Many studies have been done to show the benefits of this to baby and mom. We want to share some of these with you. After your baby delivers, the nursing staff will encourage and assist you to hold your baby skin-to-skin.
While new mothers are at OCH, they are visited by nursery nurses to discuss the care of their babies. The nurses provide educational material and demonstrations to help her feel as confident and relaxed as possible about caring for her newborn.
OCH staffs more than 40 registered nurses in the nursery, labor & delivery and postpartum units who have been trained as breastfeeding educators, as well as four certified lactation counselors and one International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
The Medical Center is the only hospital in Mississippi to receive the IBCLC Care Award in recognition for staffing professionals who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant certification (IBCLC®) and providing a lactation program that is available 5-7 days a week for breastfeeding families.
Many mothers who choose to breastfeed are pleased to know that OCH has several Medela breast pumps available for rental. The pumps, which far surpass the quality of those available to the general public over-the-counter, enable mothers to pump breast milk for occasions when they will be away from their infants or when they may be ill or having breastfeeding complications. For information about this service, call (662) 615-3364.
Once they get home, new parents can use "Cradle Call", (662) 615-2942, a telephone line that is answered by nursery nurses 24 hours a day, whenever they have questions. OCH also offers a breastfeeding hotline (662) 615-2850. Since little ones don't come with instructions and seem to pick the strangest ways to confuse adults at the most inconvenient times, we encourage parents to feel free to call anytime!
Tours of the hospital's labor and delivery facilities are available to expectant couples by calling the OCH Perinatal Educator Paula Hamilton, RNC, IBCLC, at (662) 615-3364 or the Labor and Delivery unit at (662) 615-2842; however, couples in OCH's prepared childbirth classes are given a tour during the class.
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