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Johnston Memorial Hospital Family Birth Center
Family Birth Center - 276-258-2300
The Family Birth Center at Johnston Memorial Hospital (JMH) has 16 large private rooms, 11 of which are designed for labor/delivery/recovery/postpartum stays (LDRP). The remaining five rooms serve to care for gynecology patients. Traditional nurses’ stations have been replaced with “touchdown stations” that make communication with family members more inviting. Dedicated pediatric hospitalists are onsite during delivery and afterward to help care for your baby. Coverage is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.
The birth of a baby is an exciting and life-changing experience. We are committed to helping you during this special time through quality maternity care, and special programs and support. Our family-centered approach helps you understand as much as possible about the physical and emotional changes that occur during pregnancy, birth and parenthood.
A conference room provides training space for breastfeeding classes, sibling classes and more, as well as departmental education sessions. Patients can also learn important skills like infant CPR and giving baby a bath by attending these educational sessions. The staff of the Family Birth Center at JMH focuses on providing as much one-on-one care and education as possible to make the parents confident about taking care of their baby once they leave the hospital. For more information about need-based scholarships and classes, call 800-888-5551.
Prior to delivery, patients are encouraged to schedule a pre-admission visit after their 32nd week of pregnancy. During this visit a tour of the facility is given along with information about what to expect during the labor and delivery process. It also provides an opportunity for patients to share specific medical needs and requests with the Family Birth Center staff as well as complete necessary paperwork.
Our nurses focus on caring for mother and baby as one unit, and encourage the parents to spend as much time as possible with the baby. Skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby immediately after birth provides a positive bonding experience, which helps create a smooth transition when the parents and baby leave the hospital. Parents find that this decreases their anxiety about caring for the baby at home.
Breastfeeding is the safest, healthiest way to feed a baby. It can be difficult to learn how to breastfeed, but our staff is here to help you. Our certified lactation consultant is available to all patients during their stay to provide education and support as both you and your baby adjust to breastfeeding. Upon discharge, patients are encouraged to schedule a follow-up care visit with our dedicated lactation consultant for further breastfeeding support.
Cesarean sections are performed in the operating room on the first floor. For emergency Cesarean sections, there is an operating suite available on the Family Birth Center unit. We offer a large reception area to accompany additional family and friends.