So, you’re going to welcome a little bundle of joy into your home soon. Chances are you are both excited and nervous. On the one hand, people have been having babies for thousands of years, so why worry? On the other hand, you are now responsible for another human life. How can you not worry? The Family Care Center at Piedmont Fayette Hospital has a number of ways to help put your mind at ease and get you ready for the big day and everything that comes afterwards.
We invite you to tour our Maternity Center and familiarize yourself with where to park, where to check in, and where to come if your water breaks at 3 a.m. On the tour you will see the recently renovated labor and delivery and mother-baby rooms, and get a peek at the holding nursery. (Attention all dads: each room has a new 43” flat screen TV.)
Over 2,500 babies are delivered safely each year at Piedmont Fayette. Although we hope you and your baby have a safe, uncomplicated labor and delivery process, should it be necessary, be assured that your physicians and the entire medical team are prepared. Piedmont Fayette has a 24-hour “in house” obstetrical physician as well as a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit staffed with a team of neonatologists and specialized nurses who are capable of caring for babies born at any viable gestational age.
We recommend pre-registration so you and your family are prepared for the big day. Information will be provided regarding the entire admission process. We will answer all your insurance questions so you may concentrate on your new addition, not paperwork. You may also pre-register online. Tours are offered every Thursday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. and one Sunday a month at 2 p.m.
If your choice is to breastfeed, you may want to attend “Breastfeeding Basics,” a class that will discuss everything from the benefits of breastfeeding your baby to correct positioning to breast pumps. We are here to guide and support you from those first days as a breastfeeding mom all the way up to your return to work. Once you deliver, the Family Care Center has two full-time lactation consultants available to assist you. Many of our nurses are also certified as lactation consultants. Whether it is your first time nursing or you are experienced, every baby is different. You can count on the well-trained staff to assist you and your baby in establishing a course for successful breastfeeding.
Expectant mothers and their spouses or partners can also take “Baby Basics,” a class designed to provide information and guidance related to the everyday care of your newborn. This class covers everything from feeding to bathing and diapering. We will even demonstrate techniques used to calm your baby and much, much more.
If you are looking for a class to get you ready for actual delivery of your newborn, take the “Everything You Want to Know About Childbirth” class. Taught by our labor and delivery nurses here at Piedmont Fayette, this eight-hour class helps you to recognize the signs and symptoms that your body is preparing for labor. You will understand the stages of labor as well as discuss options for delivery (vaginal delivery compared to Cesarean section). We will talk about the difference between planned and unplanned C-sections. Your questions will be answered regarding induction and augmentation of labor and pain management options. You will be taught natural pain control methods such as breathing techniques for relaxation, and we will discuss, in detail, epidurals and other forms of analgesia. This class also includes a tour of the Family Care Center.
So, this isn’t your first rodeo? Are you wondering how big brother or big sister may adjust to the new baby? There is also a class for new big brothers or big sisters. “Sibling class” is a one-hour program that teaches boys and girls ages 2 to 10 what to expect from their little sister or brother. Each child picks a book that they can read to their new sibling and receives a shirt that says they are a big brother or sister. The class also goes on a tour of the Family Care Center.
Lastly but most importantly, Piedmont Fayette offers classes on “Choking and Infant CPR.” This class is for new parents, parents of a premature infant, or anyone who wants to be prepared should the unthinkable happen to your family. This class provides the most up-to-date information available from the American Heart Association on infant choking and CPR so you are able to provide help until emergency medical services are available.
More information about the classes can be found by calling 770-719-6005 or by visiting piedmont.org/classes-and-events to register.