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Birthing Center

At the Birthing Center at Memorial Satilla Health we know that every baby is special and every birth is unique. That’s why we’ve created a technologically advanced, yet comfortable environment in which you and your family can share one of life’s most amazing moments.


Whether this is your first baby or a new addition to your family, our experienced team of obstetricians, pediatricians, neonatologists, anesthesiologists, lactation consultants and nursing staff are committed to providing you and your family with a beautiful and healthy birth experience.

Pre-Admitting

We recommend that you pre-register for admission during the seventh month of your pregnancy. This will help speed the registration process when you go into labor. You can also go the Registration Desk, Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. You will need to have your insurance information with you.

Pregnancy & Parenting Classes

We offer a variety of classes to help you and your family get ready for childbirth and learn what to expect afterward. Our class topics include diet, exercise, relaxation techniques, preparing for labor and delivery, epidurals, C-sections, vaginal delivery and more. We also prepare you for life as a new parent, with classes that cover breastfeeding, baby care and tips for getting back in shape, among others. A tour of the Birthing Center is included.

Class Topics

The classes are taught by a registered nurse and are offered on a regular basis. Please call Consult-A-Nurse at (912) 584-6201 for more information.

  • Childbirth: Prepares the expectant mother and her partner by explaining the birthing process, as well as provides instructions on how to care for your newborn at home. The cost of the class is $20.
  • Breastfeeding: Teaches the advantages and how-tos for a wonderful breastfeeding experience. The cost of the class is $5. Mothers only, please.
  • Epidural Anesthesia: Provides a step-by-step explanation of the procedure, discusses benefits and risks, and answers questions about the anesthesia. There is no cost to attend.

Labor & Delivery

Our Labor and Delivery teams are here to help make your baby’s birth the experience you want it to be. Upon arrival at the hospital, report to the Emergency Room to be admitted and then transported to the Labor and Delivery Unit. The obstetrician and specially trained staff guides mothers through the birthing process. Labor and delivery includes an operating room for patients requiring cesarean section.

After delivery, your newborn will be briefly examined and then you, your baby and your partner will have bonding time prior to being moved to a large private room in the Birthing Center, which features 24-hour family centered care coordinated by our health care providers and nursing staff to meet your specific needs. The spacious rooms offer comfortable amenities. Meals are served in the room and a menu selection is provided. Our staff will assist you with your personal care and recovery, and will answer any questions about your baby’s care. Your doctor and pediatrician will also visit daily to keep you informed of your own and your baby’s progress.

It's important to keep you and your baby together as soon and as much as possible. Our goal is that healthy mothers and babies stay together in the same room, day and night whenever possible, however the nursery is available if needed. Our team of doctors, nurses, and lactation consultants are your important resources in helping you learn to care for your baby.

Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding isn’t always easy for new moms and their babies. We offer support services to help you overcome challenges and gain confidence in this new role. Nurses on the Birthing Center are available to you during your stay for breastfeeding support with your newborn.

Newborn Care in the Hospital

After your baby is born, a doctor or nurse will perform a series of tests to determine your baby's physical condition. A routine evaluation, called the Apgar test, is used to identify whether your baby needs urgent medical care. After delivery, your baby will also be given a vitamin K shot, eye drops and other newborn screening tests. Your baby may also receive a hearing test and a hepatitis B vaccine. In addition, our nurses will assist you with newborn care, including feeding, changing and nursing. And our staff will help you fill out a new birth certificate for your new baby.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

If your baby needs special care, the pediatrician may admit him/her to the Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The NICU staff has special training to monitor and care for your newborn 24 hours a day. Only parents and grandparents are permitted to visit in the NICU. The pediatrician will determine when it is safe for the baby to be discharged to the mother’s care.

Visitors

Your family and friends are an important part of your new baby’s life and are welcome to visit during our visiting hours, which are 7:00am to 9:00pm.

Going Home

When it’s time to go home, you’ll be provided with hospital discharge and prescription instructions from your doctor and your baby’s healthcare provider.

State law requires that all infants be fastened in a car seat before leaving the hospital. Be sure to have your baby’s car seat purchased properly installed before the big day. Our Birthing Center staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have about bringing your baby home. Our team will also be available to help with you with information regarding insurance, home health and other community resources.