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. Our labor and delivery nurses work with our experienced staff of obstetricians, family practitioners, and pediatricians to provide a comfortable, customized experience.
When you come to the Memorial Miracle Life Center to delivery your baby, your comfort and safety are our priority concerns.
We respect your values and preferences for care, including pain management and birth method. Your birthing room is equipped with a Jacuzzi, spa shower, and a bed for your partner, who may stay in the room with you.
Our on-staff breastfeeding consultant will provide guidance, as needed.
You can expect:
- A dedicated, experienced staff that is cross-trained to care for you and your baby.
- Labor/delivery/recovery (LDR) rooms for routine deliveries, featuring soft lighting, a Jacuzzi, spa shower, and plenty of room for your support person.
- A complimentary celebration meal for the new mother and a guest.
- 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 required.
- HUGS security system for the safety of your precious baby.
- Hearing tests for all babies prior to discharge.
- A kitchenette and vending/coffee area for after hour snacks.
Contact us after your 30th week of pregnancy to pre-register for your stay with us. And don’t forget to check out our education classes, as you prepare to welcome your new baby.
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, 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 more lasting energy, 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’s 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 INFECTION
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.