Your Hospital Stay

Your Hospital Stay

Our goal at the Family Birth Center is to provide quality care in a comfortable and safe environment.

Baby Lounge
Birth Certificate and Social Security Card
Birth Plan
Magic Hour
Personal Items
Safety
 

Baby Lounge
Our family-centered maternity care model encourages parents and their infant to stay together in their private room as much as possible. In place of a traditional nursery, the Family Birth Center has a Baby Lounge, which serves as a transition area for newborn babies for special care and procedures, such as circumcisions and when new mothers need to rest.

Birth Certificate and Social Security Card
A birth certificate worksheet is included in your admission folder. Be sure to complete and give this paperwork to your nurse before leaving the hospital. If the mother is legally married to the father of the baby, he will automatically be listed on the birth certificate as the father.

If the mother is not legally married to the father and would like to have the father’s name listed on the birth certificate, he must complete a Paternity Acknowledgement in the Health Information Management department, located on the first floor of the Floyd Medical Center. The father must bring photo identification to sign the Paternity Acknowledgement.

The baby’s birth certificate will be available from the Floyd County Health Department 8-10 weeks after the baby's birth. Parents will receive the newborn’s Social Security card in the mail in approximately 12-16 weeks.

Birth Plan
We encourage the expectant mother to talk to her physician about all aspects of labor and delivery, including medication and anesthesia options, natural childbirth methods, fetal monitoring during labor and positions for delivery. Detailed planning helps our clinical staff to honor personal wishes and reduces anxiety during delivery.

The birth plan should include who will be in the delivery room with you, who will cut the umbilical cord and if the newborn is to be given a bottle or pacifier. Share the written plan details with your nurse during the early part of labor to establish and clarify any requests for the birth team. 

Magic Hour
Immediately following delivery, Floyd provides a Magic Hour reserved for parents to exclusively connect with their newborn. This time is ideally used to promote baby and parent bonding. Visitors are discouraged from visiting during this special hour.

Research shows that early contact between mother and infant, especially during the first hour of life, promotes a healthy relationship. Our experienced clinical staff will help during this special time together. The nurse will dry the newborn and place the baby skin-to-skin on the mother's chest, allowing for the most intimate and tender contact between mother and child.

Personal Items
Mothers are encouraged to bring items to make their hospital stay as comfortable as possible. While our center offers basics such as gowns, slippers and toiletries there are other items new mothers might want to pack. It is recommended to leave all valuables at home.

View the What to Bring to the Hospital checklist as a guide to getting organized.

Safety
Our Family Birth Center ensures safety with a state-of-the-art security system, which includes controlled-access points and security cameras in each of the nursing areas. All staff members wear a Floyd photo identification badge, as well as a purple badge with his or her title clearly displayed. After delivery, a nurse will place armbands on baby, mom and dad for identification. Each time the baby is brought to the mother, the nurse will check these bands to make sure they match. The baby will also have a special security sensor placed on him or her that will sound an alarm if taken too close to a doorway or elevator that leads outside the Family Birth Center.

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