Even before you become pregnant, your health matters to your future baby. The providers at the Fort HealthCare Center for Women’s Health and at area Family Practice clinics that offer obstetric services are dedicated to providing exceptional care for women through education, prevention, wellness and intervention. These experienced physicians, nurses, physicians’ assistants and other care providers are committed to exceeding your expectations for service, access, efficiency and trust. You can depend upon us to provide you and your family with the highest quality care. Obstetricians, also called OB/GYNs, are trained to provide expert care for women’s health needs, including routine exams and screenings, and gynecological surgeries.
Many women choose a Family Medicine physician for their own primary care and then have the same physician care for their growing baby. Fort HealthCare is pleased to have a number of Family Medicine physicians on staff who deliver babies. Each physician has had significant experience delivering babies as a part of their training and particularly enjoys this element of their practice.
Your baby’s safety and security is a top priority. We take every precaution to protect your baby, and the hospital enforces very strict guidelines for staff and guests to follow to ensure that babies and their families are protected during their hospital stay.
You and your baby wear identical name bands. The bands need to be checked by hospital staff each time the baby is brought to your room and each time you receive your baby in the nursery. Newborns also wear a security wristband that activates a hospital-wide alarm system if an infant is brought to close to an exit door. The system checks for all registered wristbands every three seconds.
Fort HealthCare is pleased to have five certified lactation consultants on staff where larger hospitals often have just one. With help from our specialists, 80-90% of mothers begin breastfeeding shortly after birth, if that is the decision she has made. Bedside lactation services help new moms recognize feeding cues and studies show that 91% of mothers who deliver their babies at Fort Memorial Hospital are successfully breastfeeding at five weeks post-partum. In addition, new moms and babies are invited back for a lactation consultation after returning home to ensure a smooth transition. The purpose of a lactation consultant is not to “pressure” you to breastfeed, but instead offer guidance to ensure you can be successful if that is your wish.
Hydrotherapy is water therapy. Hydrotherapy pools utilize the soothing properties of warm water immersion to relax you and to help ease discomfort and anxiety during labor, but not for delivery.
When you can relax between contractions and have decreased pain during contractions, you are less anxious and less stressed during labor, and that will most likely help you progress faster, naturally. Hydrotherapy also makes you feel lighter, and that allows you to position yourself comfortably and move around in the water as much as you’d like.
Hydrotherapy is for low-risk labors. Women who are induced, who’s water has broken or who have had epidural anesthesia for pain management cannot use the pool during labor, although an epidural can be given once a woman gets out of the pool. The pools are also there for pain relief and relaxation in the postpartum time period.
It’s these many qualities that keep parents satisfied — and coming back to the Fort Memorial Hospital Birthing Center. In fact, our care providers actually score in the 98th percentile nationwide, according to HCAHPS, a highly regarded federal government survey measuring patients’ satisfaction.