The birth of your baby is an exciting moment in your life. At the Grand Strand Health's Maternity Center, we will do everything possible to make your miracle all it should be. Once you return home, our staff is always available to answer any questions regarding your baby's care. Please call the nursery at (843) 692-1188 or the nurse's station at the Maternity Center at (843) 692-1840.
Level II Nursery and Neonatology Service
At Grand Strand Medical Center, we have a two-bed Level II Nursery that is fully equipped to handle our smallest patients. This nursery is staffed with a neonatologist which means babies with special needs can get the high level of medical attention they require. This allows for moms and families to remain close to their newborn, one of the most important elements in bringing a new life into the world. Our team works together to provide you and your baby with the highest quality care.
About Your Birth
Where will I give birth? The six birthing rooms in the Maternity Center are designed to make your labor and delivery as safe and comfortable as possible. Each room has a birthing bed, fetal monitor and all the equipment necessary to accommodate you and the baby during delivery. The rooms also have a television, phone and a sleeper chair for a guest.
What are my options for managing pain? At the Maternity Center you have a variety of pain management options available including epidural and intrathecal anesthesia. You may wish to discuss these options with your obstetrician or anesthesiologist before the delivery.
What is my postpartum room like? The private postpartum room is just down the hall from the birthing room and is decorated in soft, tranquil tones to make it more homelike. Every room has hardwood floors, a private bathroom with shower, television, phone and a closet. The room also features a glider rocker and a sleeper sofa-chair to help dad or other family members make themselves at home.
What if I need a Cesarean Delivery? A C-section suite is located within the Maternity Center or the mother may be moved to a surgical suite on the first floor. Fathers may be present during a C-section if the mother has an epidural or spinal anesthesia. Family members are not permitted if general anesthesia is given to the mother.
What about visitors? You want to share this happy occasion with family and other loved ones, but remember that this is an important time for you and your baby to bond and rest. You may want to limit visits to family members and ask friends to visit after you and your newborn have rested. A waiting room for family and friends is located in the Maternity Center, close to the nursery.
About Your Baby's Stay
Immediately after the birth of your child: The baby is weighed, foot printed, given ID bracelets and promptly returned to the mother. The mother may breastfeed and bond for an hour before she is moved to her postpartum room to rest and the baby is moved to the nursery for admission assessment. The assessment includes a head-to-toe comprehensive assessment. Once the baby's temperature is stabilized, the baby is bathed. Fathers may participate in bath time if they desire.
Your Pediatrician: You should select and meet with a pediatrician well before your due date. Your baby's pediatrician will visit within 12 hours of birth. Once the pediatrician has finished the assessment and examination of the baby, he/she will visit with you to discuss the baby's care.
The Nursery: The nursery at the Maternity Center is a Level 2 nursery. You may keep your newborn with you as long as you wish - but whenever you need to rest or enjoy some quiet time, the baby can be cared for in the nursery. Twenty-four hour rooming-in is available.
Birth Certificates: During your stay, a representative from Medical Records will visit or call you to record information for your baby's birth certificate and social security number. The hospital will forward this information to Columbia, SC. The birth certificate will be available at the Horry County courthouse approximately six to eight weeks following the birth. You will receive more information upon your discharge.
Your Baby’s Screenings:
- All newborns will receive a hearing screening before discharge. This painless screening will be conducted while the baby is sleeping. Studies indicate that babies who are identified as hearing impaired at birth and begin immediate therapy can learn at a rate comparable to children with normal hearing. A baby will be screened twice before a referral is made for additional screening and follow-up.
- All newborns will also receive a bilirubin screening for jaundice.
- Newborn blood screening is performed by collecting a small amount of blood from the baby. It is then sent to the State Lab and results are available to your pediatrician by four weeks of age. Presently, this test can detect nearly 50 congenital diseases that could cause serious harm if untreated.
- Critical Congenital Heart Defect is done using pulse oximetry, which is painless. This can detect some heart defects before any signs or symptoms are present.
What Should I Bring to The Maternity Center?
Most women find it convenient to pack two separate bags, a "labor" bag and a "going home" suitcase.
- Loose-fitting nightgown
- Support or nursing bra
- Eyeglasses or contacts
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Shampoo & hair dryer
- Baby book
- Camera, extra memory card & charger
- Hairbrush & barrettes
- Important phone numbers
- Reading materials
- Personal electronic devices
- "Going home" outfit for mom & baby
- Infant car seat - SC law requires that you have an approved infant car seat to take your baby home
Car Seat: South Carolina law requires that you have an approved infant car seat to take your baby home. The car seat should be installed prior to coming to the hospital.
Gifts and Supplies: The mother and baby will receive a complimentary diaper bag filled with a variety of baby related articles and an information booklet on topics pertaining to baby and mother care.