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Satilla Regional Medical Center`s Birthing Center is designed to meet the special health needs of women and newborns. With an array of services and systems, Satilla is committed to total care for women of all ages. For the expectant mother, SRMC offers maternity care that celebrates the miracle of birth. New moms and their families have the added assurance of a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with specially trained nurses and equipment for newborns experiencing difficulties after birth.From infants to adolescents, young patients hold a special place at Satilla Regional. Pediatricians and other physicians work closely with pediatric nurses and other child-centered staff to deliver a unique brand of caring designed to set children - and parents - at ease, whether care involves bumps and bruises or more serious medical problems.

Preparing for Baby 
Satilla Regional Medical Center offers educational opportunities such as Childbirth and Breastfeeding classes to help parents prepare for the arrival of their new baby. See our complete list of classes & support groups.

We recommend that you pre-register for admission during the seventh month of your pregnancy. This will help speed the registration process when you go into labor. You can also go the Registration Desk, Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. You will need to have your insurance information with you.

Labor and Delivery
When you arrive at the hospital please go to the Emergency Department to be admitted. The Birthing Center is where you will stay throughout delivery. Specially trained staff will guide you through the birthing process along with the obstetrician. Only two individuals will be permitted to be in the labor and delivery unit with you. Should you require a Cesarean Section, the physician will be able to deliver your baby without you leaving the area.Your family and friends will be kept informed of your progress.After delivery, your baby will be taken to the nursery for a brief routine exam. A hearing test will also be administered before discharge. You will be given a Baby Passport with your baby’s records to take home for your records.After the newborn assessment, you will be given a large private room in the Birthing Center. The mother chooses the visitors she desires. The rooms are bright and cheery, offering comfortable amenities. The newborn can remain with the mother in the room or go the nursery while the mother rests. Meals are served in the room and a menu selection is provided.

Epidural Anesthesia
Your comfort is most important to the staff and your physician. Satilla offers epidural anesthesia at the request of the mother. An anesthesiologist will perform the procedure and monitor the comfort of the mother. If you think you might want an epidural for your delivery, please call the Birthing Center to schedule a time to attend an epidural education class. An anesthesiologist will explain the procedure, discuss the benefits and risks and answer any questions your may have. This can be done anytime during your pregnancy but it is important to be done prior to the beginning of labor. The class will take approximately 30 minutes and there is no charge.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
The pediatrician will check on your baby while making hospital rounds. If your baby needs special care, the pediatrician may admit him/her to the Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The NICU staff has special training to monitor and care for your newborn 24 hours a day. Only parents are permitted to visit in the NICU. The pediatrician will determine when it is safe for the baby to be discharged to the mother’s care.

Your charge nurse will provide instructions on caring for you and your newborn at home. Bathing, feeding, dressing, grooming and follow-up medical care will be discussed. At this time, any questions you may have will be answered. Your physician and pediatrician will give instructions to the nursing staff on any special needs of you and your baby.

Your Obstetrician and Pediatrician
SRMC offers an outstanding group of Obstetricians and Pediatricians to care for you and your baby. Developing a trusting relationship with your healthcare provider is supported by our staff working closely with our physicians to provide the care you deserve and need. Specialized care for even the smallest patients and their mothers.