COVID-19 and Pregnancy - An Update for our Patients
We would like to take this opportunity to update you about your maternity care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and assure you that our dedicated team of expert nurses, physicians and midwives are committed to providing safe and effective care to every patient who walks through our doors.
Maternity services in Waycross, Georgia
At the Birthing Center at Memorial Satilla Health, we know that every baby is special and every birth is unique. That is why we’ve created a technologically advanced, yet comfortable maternity unit in Waycross, Georgia where you and your family can share one of life’s most amazing moments.
To schedule a tour of the Birthing Center, or for more information about our labor and delivery services, please call (912) 283-3030.
The Birthing Center features spacious rooms, comfortable amenities and 24-hour family-centered care coordinated by our medical teams to meet your specific needs.
Whether you are expecting your first baby or the newest addition to your family, our experienced team of obstetricians, pediatricians, neonatologists, anesthesiologists, lactation consultants and nurses are committed to providing you and your family with a beautiful and healthy labor and delivery experience in Waycross, Georgia.
Pre-register for your maternity stay
We recommend that you pre-register for your maternity stay at Memorial Satilla Health during the seventh month of your pregnancy. This will help quicken the registration process when you go into labor. You can also visit the registration desk, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., to pre-register. You will need to have your insurance information with you.
We offer a variety of parenting and childbirth classes to help you and your family prepare for childbirth and learn what to expect afterward. Our class topics include diet, exercise, relaxation techniques, preparing for labor and delivery, C-sections, vaginal deliveries, breastfeeding and more. A tour of the Birthing Center is included.
To register for a maternity class, please visit our calendar and events page.
Labor and delivery
Upon arrival at the hospital, please come to the emergency room to be admitted and taken to the labor and delivery unit.
Our labor and delivery teams are here to help make your baby’s birth the experience you want it to be, and our obstetricians and specially trained medical staff guide women through the birthing process. There is an operating room within the Birthing Center for maternity patients requiring a cesarean section.
After delivery, your newborn will be examined and then you, your baby and your partner will have bonding time prior to being moved to a large and private postpartum room within the Birthing Center.
Our highly trained staff will help you fill out your baby’s birth certificate and assist with newborn care, including feeding, changing and nursing.
During your maternity stay at Memorial Satilla Health, meals are served in the room, and a menu selection is provided.
Mother-baby 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. We will perform a routine evaluation, called the Apgar test, to identify whether your baby needs urgent medical care. We will also give your newborn a vitamin K shot, eye drops and other newborn screening tests. Your baby may receive a hearing test and a hepatitis B vaccine as well.
Our staff will assist you with your personal care and recovery, and we will answer any questions you have 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 is 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 whenever possible, however, the nursery is available if needed. Our team of doctors, nurses and lactation consultants in Waycross, Georgia are your personal resources in helping you learn to care for your baby.
Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
If your baby needs special care, the pediatrician may admit him or her to the Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The neonatologists and neonatal medical professionals in our Waycross NICU have special training and equipment to monitor and care for your newborn 24/7.
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.
Breastfeeding is not 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 in the Birthing Center are available to you during your maternity stay at Memorial Satilla Health for breastfeeding help.
Family and friends are an important part of your new baby’s life and are welcome to visit during our visiting hours, which are 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Taking your baby home
When it’s time to go home, you’ll be provided with 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 and properly installed before the big day.
Our Birthing Center staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have about taking your baby home. Our team will also be available to help with information regarding insurance, home health and other community resources.