Celebrate new life at the Memorial Miracle Life Center.
When you are expecting a baby, you can rely on our Memorial Hospital obstetrics team for education, support, and expert care.
Memorial has an experienced staff of obstetricians, family practitioners, and pediatricians who work with our labor and delivery nurses and midwife to provide the reassuring care you deserve. Our dedicated staff are all cross-trained to care for you and your baby at every stage of your stay. We respect your values and preferences in everything from pain management to birthing methods, and we make every effort to keep you comfortable and in charge of your experience.
During your labor and delivery stay, your comfort and well-being are our prime focus. While each room offers the amenities of home, you are surrounded with the latest medical technology to ensure a safe delivery for you and your baby.
While at Memorial Miracle Life Center, you can expect:
- Our dedicated, experienced staff is cross-trained to care for you and your baby.
- A board-certified obstetrician on staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- An anesthesiologist or certified nurse anesthetist available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- A certified nurse-midwife as part of your labor and delivery team, if desired.
- A board-certified lactation consultant will provide guidance, as needed.
- A women’s health physical therapist will conduct follow-up with each patient after delivery to determine if a treatment plan is needed.
- Private labor/delivery/recovery (LDR) rooms for routine deliveries, featuring soft lighting, a Jacuzzi, spa shower, and plenty of room for your support person.
- Private postpartum rooms with a bed for your partner to room with you and your baby.
- Private triage rooms for outpatient exams.
- An on-unit C-section suite, should this option be scheduled or needed.
- Family-centered C-section procedures that allow you and your partner to feel more a part of the birth.
- Delayed cord clamping, if allowable.
- A complimentary celebration meal for you and a guest.
- Kangaroo Care after birth – our obstetrics team recommends and practices skin-to-skin holding and comforting of the newborn.
- HUGS security system for the safety of your precious baby.
- A kitchenette and vending/coffee area for after hour snacks.
- Hearing tests for all babies prior to discharge.
We look forward to sharing this wonderful experience with you!
Contact us after your 28th week of pregnancy, or during your glucose screening wait-time, to pre-register for your stay with us. Our pre-registration allows you to complete your paperwork ahead of time and creates one less thing to think about once you are in labor. You will want to bring a photo ID and your insurance card.
We understand that some of the best preparation you can do is to educate yourself. Whether you are a first timer or a seasoned parent, we offer a variety of classes from childbirth education and newborn care to breastfeeding support, so that you feel confident when your little one arrives. Learn more here.
Our full-scope midwifery services provide family-centered maternity care, along with well-woman care, family planning and other services. Learn more here.
At least a few weeks before your due date, we recommend that you gather information and items that will be useful to you when you have your baby at the Miracle Life Center. Then keep everything in a convenient location, so that when you go into labor, all is ready for the trip to Memorial Hospital.
- Favorite music and CD player, iPod or smart phone
- Favorite DVDs
- Toiletries, cosmetics, hair care items, lotion and lip balm
- A pillow in a colorful pillowcase (label with your name)
- Focal point (if desired)
- Nightgowns, lightweight robe, and slippers
- Support bra or nursing bra (if breastfeeding)
- Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to wear home
- List of telephone numbers and email addresses of relatives and friends
- Hand massager to comfort mom
- Sleepwear, toiletries, and clothing (if staying overnight)
- Outfit for the baby’s first photo and for going home (including a hat and booties)
- Receiving blanket
- Name, address, and phone number of pediatrician
- Properly installed car seat in vehicle to be driven home
1. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
When the baby sleeps, you sleep. Get as much sleep as you can. Keep drinking water and snacking on healthy foods. Give your body time to recover. If family or friends offer help, let them help you.
Breast milk, especially “first milk”/colostrum, in the days immediately following delivery, is a “power food” that will pass on antibodies to help prevent sickness and infection in your newborn.
Use as much skin-to-skin contact as possible to promote bonding and encourage your mature milk to come in on time.
Wait until your milk supply is established before you slowly work on shedding extra pounds. Remember that if you are breastfeeding, you will need to consume about 500 more calories a day than normal to maintain your milk supply.
Eat healthy, energy-producing foods. Proteins (eggs, yogurt, and low-fat meats) and complex carbohydrates (whole grain bread and low-sugar cereals) are good choices – particularly for breakfast. You will have energy that is more lasting, feel full longer, and get more vitamins and minerals.
Eat small meals throughout the day. Fruit will provide energy and fiber, which helps keep your digestive tract moving. Check the labels of energy bars to ensure they are low in sugar and fat and high in fiber, protein, and carbohydrates.
Keep hydrated with water. Drink about 13 eight-ounce glasses of water or unsweetened, non-caffeinated beverages daily.
New moms may experience involuntary leaking of urine, usually while laughing, sneezing, coughing, or performing a strenuous activity. That is because muscles around the bladder and pelvis may be weakened during pregnancy and delivery. The closeness of your enlarged uterus may press on the bladder, which can also be affected by hormonal changes during pregnancy.
Remember to do Kegel exercises – working up to three sets of 30 each day. Shed extra pounds, avoid constipation, and urinate before you have the urge, then try to extend the time between urination each day.
For serious issues with incontinence or pain, help is available through our Women’s Health Physical Therapy. Our specially trained female therapist works with pregnant women and new mothers to strengthen muscles, alleviate pain, and correct incontinence.
5. URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS
You are more vulnerable to developing a urinary tract infection after giving birth, particularly if you had a catheter in your bladder or an epidural. Symptoms include painful urination; difficulty urinating; the feeling that you need to urinate often and urgently, but little is released; and bloody or cloudy urine.
Contact your primary physician immediately if you suspect you have an infection.