Few events in life generate as much excitement for a family as the birth of a child. Having your baby at Rome Memorial Hospital means you will have the reassurance of an experienced and caring staff with you every step of the way during labor and delivery, to calm your fears, manage your pain, encourage your effort and finally share in your joy. Our team of maternity nurses, obstetricians and midwives earn an A+ from patients because they’re experienced, knowledgeable and take the time to listen. According to national survey results, our providers earn patient satisfaction scores that are better than 99% of physicians nationwide. Through the collaboration of the hospital’s nursing staff, midwives and physicians, Rome Memorial Hospital’s C-section rate is among the lowest in the region. As long as you and your baby are doing well, the team will give you the time and support you need to have your baby naturally. We have an excellent team of physicians and midwives who know when to intervene and when to wait.
The Maternity Unit at Rome Memorial Hospital features cozy birthing suites that have comfortable birthing beds instead of delivery tables. But don’t be fooled by the decorative furnishings. State-of-the-art medical equipment is easily accessible but concealed from view. Even dad has a more comfortable place to rest, if he gets the chance. Each room has a reclining lounge chair that opens into a bed so he is close by to give his partner support. Dads are encouraged to be an active participant in the birthing experience at Rome Memorial Hospital. Innovative birthing techniques are available to help you through labor. You can sit on a birthing ball or stool to foster the labor process through natural positioning. The ball is particularly effective in reducing tension in the back, allowing you to sway side to side, forward and back, and round and round to aid in making you more comfortable. If you choose to receive it, pain control is available. You have several options for pain control during labor including epidurals or other medications available through injection. With an epidural, the pain is virtually blocked during labor, but you still maintain muscle control for the baby's delivery. After your delivery, you can choose to have your newborn in the room with you rather than in the nursery. The Maternity Unit is equipped with a state-of-the-art security system with surveillance cameras to keep you and your baby safe.
Our nursing staff has years of experience as health care professionals, and in many cases as parents themselves. They are committed to providing personal attention to help new parents gain confidence in their infant care skills. A certified lactation consultant is on staff to help you with any breastfeeding questions. Breastfeeding support is provided even after delivery with a weigh-in station to help give you peace of mind and monitor your baby’s growth and health. The lactation consultant is available to weigh your newborn, answer your questions and offer you encouragement. The first weigh station appointment can be made when you are discharged. In addition to bedside teaching, videos are available on many topics including breastfeeding, infant care, and CPR to view while you are still in the hospital.
Baby Care and Breastfeeding classes are also available every other month. The schedule is available on our calendar.
Childbirth classes are taught regularly at the hospital. An experienced labor and delivery nurse offers information and techniques to help mothers-to-be and their coaches prepare for the big event. To register for a childbirth class, please contact Sandy Graichen, RN, at 336-5157 and choose option 1. Women should plan to begin classes during the second trimester. Classes are held at Rome Memorial Hospital.
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