The Family Birthing Center in Cortez
When it comes to childbirth and caring for women and newborns, Southwest Memorial Hospital takes a family-centered approach. The Family Birthing Center provides care from pregnancy through labor, delivery, and discharge of the mother and baby.
Women go through the entire process of labor, delivery and immediate recovery in comfortable, home-like rooms. Surgical suites are available for C-section delivery. The Family Birthing Center is staffed by registered nurses, many of which have received special certification in obstetrics nursing and lactation.
Our Level I newborn nursery is staffed by specially trained nurses certified in neonatal resuscitation to ensure the safety and health of babies.
Learn about our team of obstetricians: Meet our Obstetrics Team
Southwest Memorial Hospital enjoys a dedicated medical and nursing staff whose experience delivering many of our newest residents (there were 214 deliveries at Southwest Memorial Hospital during 2009) shows in their day-to-day activities. The hospital has two birthing suites featuring special birthing beds, a comfortable home-like atmosphere and furnishings, and special equipment to care for newborns. There’s also a rocking chair for private moments alone with the newborn and for those special “introductions” when children, friends and relatives first meet the newest member of the family. Our new birthing center is now OPEN!
The family birthing center is staffed by experienced registered nurses who are all certified in neonatal resuscitation. Lactation consultants and childbirth education courses are available. Upon admission to Southwest Memorial Hospital mothers-to-be are assigned an obstetrical nurse trained to handle all phases of the birth process. When the time comes for delivery, the patient has this same nurse at her side. Care is taken so that every woman feels that she has familiar support in comfortable surroundings throughout the birthing process. Patients are not separated from family members unless they need to be alone.
Services provided in the Family Birth Center include labor and delivery, post-partum care, well newborn nursery care. The Center features a state-of-the-art centralized fetal monitoring system and a secure, limited-access nursery.
Sophisticated monitoring equipment keeps the physician and nursing staff apprised of the medical condition of both mom and baby throughout the birth process. Trained labor and delivery nurses concentrate on making the birth experience as comfortable and safe as possible. Nursery and rooming-in-services are provided after the baby’s birth.
“Nitrous oxide is a great option for pain management during labor and delivery. It is patient controlled so allows freedom of movement during labor and does not interfere with health of mother or baby. This method also improves anxiety which can make the delivery and repair process easier,” said SHS OB/GYN Erin Schmitt, DO, FACOG
Southwest Memorial Hospital Family Birthing Center is open 24 hours a day.
Every baby born at Southwest Memorial Hospital receives hearing screening. The test is performed while the baby is asleep, takes about 15 minutes, and is painless. The screening provides early identification and intervention of hearing loss.
Childbirth Education Classes
Childbirth education classes (lamaze), lactation consulting, and mother and baby education are offered to help the family prepare for the new baby. Our staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer questions during and after the hospital stay.
Click here to download “Preparing for Baby.”
The brochure includes information about what to bring to the hospital, our visitor policies, and security standards.
Epidural anesthesia is the most popular method of pain relief during labor. Women request an epidural by name more than any other method of pain relief. More than 50% of women giving birth at hospitals use epidural anesthesia. Understanding the different types of epidurals, how they are administered, and their benefits and risks will help you in your decision-making during the course of labor and delivery.
Epidurals are available as well as 24/7 anesthesia.
Dr. Smith, and Dr. Schmitt can perform c-sections. Epidurals and 24/7 anesthesia are available.
Epidural anesthesia is the most popular method of pain relief during labor. Women request an epidural by name more than any other method of pain relief. More than 50% of women giving birth at hospitals use epidural anesthesia. As you prepare yourself for “labor day,” try to learn as much as possible about pain relief options so that you will be better prepared to make decisions during the labor and birth process. Understanding the different types of epidurals, how they are administered, and their benefits and risks will help you in your decision-making during the course of labor and delivery. For more information on this subject, visit http://americanpregnancy.org/labor-and-birth/epidural/.
For more information, http://americanpregnancy.org/labor-and-birth/epidural/
The Family Birthing Center is managed by Nicole Loyd, RN. You can reach the Birthing Center by calling 970-564-2245.