Making the miracle all it should be…
The birth of your baby is an exciting moment in your life. At the Maternity Center at Grand Strand Medical 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.
Where will I give birth?
The five 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 and telephone - as well as a sleeper chair for dad.
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 to determine the method that is right for you.
What is my postpartum room like?
Following the birth of your baby, you will be moved to a private Postpartum Room just down the hall from the Birthing Room. Each Postpartum Room has been totally renovated and is decorated in soft, tranquil tones to make it more homelike. Every room has hardwood floors, a private bathroom with shower, a color television and a telephone - plus an armoire with a closet and drawers for your belongings. 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?
If a cesarean section is indicated, 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 the mother undergoes general anesthesia.
What about visitors?
You will 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 once you and your newborn have had a chance to rest. 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, footprinted, given an ID bracelet and promptly returned to the mother. The mother may breast-feed 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 monitoring the baby's temperature and a head-to-toe comprehensive assessment. Once the baby's temperature is stabilized, the baby is bathed. Fathers may participate in the first bath if they desire.
Your pediatrician: You should select and meet with a pediatrician well before your due date. Your baby's pediatrician will visit you and the baby within 12 hours following the birth. Once the pediatrician has finished an assessment and examination of the baby, he or she will visit 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, but keep in mind that new mothers need their rest.
The hearing test: 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.
Caring for your baby: Throughout your stay, nurses will teach and help you with breast-feeding, bottle-feeding, taking temperatures, bathing and other important aspects of caring for your newborn. The Maternity Center also has a library of educational videotapes which you may view in your room.
Birth certificates: During your stay, a representative from the Medical Records department 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 6-8 weeks following the birth. You will receive more information upon your discharge.
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 contact lenses)
- Shampoo/hair dryer
- Baby book
- Camera, film & new batteries
- Hairbrush and barrettes
- Important phone numbers
- Deck of cards
- Reading materials
- “Going home” outfit for mom & baby
- Infant car seat
South Carolina law requires that you have an approved infant car seat to take your baby home.