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​​​​​​​​​Childbirth FAQs

Find answers to common questions asked regarding pregnancy and childbirth services at Floyd Medical Center.

Will my baby go to the nursery?

​Our family-centered maternity care philosophy encourages the mother and baby to be together as much as possible. Your baby will stay with you in your private room. However, our Baby Lounge is available for baby, when baby or mom need to rest or require a medical procedure.

When can my family see my baby?

We reserve the first hour after delivery as a special bonding time between the mother, father and new baby. We call this the Magic Hour.

What level of care does your NICU provide? 

Floyd is home to a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), providing the highest level of care for premature infants or those infants with severe or potentially life-threatening conditions.

What if I forget to bring something I need?

If you forget to bring a personal item, our Gift Shop offers a variety of toiletries, disposable cameras, magazines, over-the-counter medications and baby gifts. The Gift Shop is located on the second floor inside the Main Entrance of Floyd Medical Center. ​

How can I plan the childbirth experience that I want? 

At the Family Birth Center at Floyd, our goal is for you and your family to have the greatest birth experience possible. We have created an outline to help you prepare your own Birth Plan. Please use it to help make decisions for what you and your family expect from your birth experience. Download the Birth Plan

What are my options for pain control during childbirth? 

If you are concerned about pain control, tell your nurse and ask about your options. You may receive an epidural, a type of spinal anesthetic, when the physician allows. It is important for the physician to have input on when to administer the epidural so that it is not given too early. If given too early, the epidural can wear off before the birth process is complete.

Can my other children visit me in the labor and delivery area?

We ask that children under the age of 12 do not to visit the Labor and Delivery area. If your child is younger than age 12, a nurse can let them sneak a peek from the doorway, provided there are no patients with urgent medical needs at the time. For more information, view our ​visitation guidelines​.

What type of measures does Floyd Medical Center use to ensure my baby's safety?

Safety is very important to us. We take several measures to ensure the safety of your newborn. For details, visit What to Expect​.

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.

The baby's father and I have different last names. I want the baby to have his last name. How can I do this legally? 

A birth certificate worksheet is included in your admission folder for you to complete before leaving the hospital. If you are legally married to the father of your baby, your husband will automatically be listed on the birth certificate as the father, and you can select the name you wish to be legally listed for your baby.

If you are not legally married to the father, but would like for the newborn to receive the father's last name and the father's name to be placed on the birth certificate, you must complete a Paternity Acknowledgement form.

This legal document is required by the State of Georgia. The father may complete the appropriate paperwork at Floyd Medical Center's Health Information Management department, located on the first floor of Floyd Medical Center. The father must bring photo identification to sign the Paternity Acknowledgement.

Will you take my newborn's picture? 

Photos of your baby can be taken in your room by a professional photographer from Dimples​. A photographer will visit you on the morning after delivery.  The photographer will photograph the baby and any other family members or friends that would like to participate.  The images will be professionally edited and presented in a beautiful keepsake slide show.

What newborn screenings are required before my baby leaves the hospital?

There are three important newborn screenings provided for your infant before your baby leaves the hospital: the newborn metabolic screening, hearing screening and pulse oximetry.

  • The Newborn Metabolic screening is completed after your baby is 24 hours old. It tests for 28 metabolic disorders that could have serious consequences if not identified early. This test involves collecting a small blood sample, obtained by pricking the baby's foot. This screening is required by Georgia law and is performed by trained hospital staff and processed by an approved state laboratory. The results of this screening are provided to the doctor you have chosen to provide care for your baby after discharge.
  • The Newborn Hearing screening also is completed during your baby's stay by trained hospital staff. The screening does not hurt the baby, takes only a short time and allows for early treatment if hearing loss is found. Early treatment can improve your baby's language and brain development. There are many reasons why your baby may not “pass" the first screening. If this happens, our staff will assist in coordinating follow-up testing and services through the Children 1st program.
  • The Newborn Pulse Oximetry screening is a non-invasive test that measures how much oxygen is in the blood. It can help identify babies who may be affected by critical congenital heart disease (CCHD). If CCHD is detected early, infants can often be treated and lead longer, healthier lives.

What medications will my baby receive before leaving the hospital?

Your baby will be administered two medications within an hour after birth; both are required by law.

A vitamin K injection is administered to prevent vitamin K deficiency bleeding disorder. Providing the necessary amount of vitamin K will help your baby's blood to clot appropriately until his or her body can process the vitamin on its own.

An antibiotic eye ointment is administered to prevent bacterial infections of the eye that can lead to permanent damage and blindness. We make every effort to allow bonding, skin-to-skin contact and/or breastfeeding before either medication is administered.

Do newborn babies receive any vaccinations before they leave the hospital?​​

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends certain vaccinations for newborns. The Academy recommends vaccinating all newborns for the hepatitis B virus (HBV). The hepatitis B vaccine is given by injection. Three doses are needed for full protection. With consent, the first dose will be administered during your baby's hospital stay, and the remaining doses will be given by your pediatrician in his or her office.

Who should I contact if we want our newborn baby boy circumcised? When is this procedure performed?

If you desire your baby to have a circumcision, your consent will be obtained and a doctor will perform the procedure. Local anesthesia is used during the procedure. During your hospital stay, you will be instructed on how to care for the circumcision site.

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Customize Your Birth Experience

Customize Your Birth Experience

Download the Floyd birth plan template to help you easily share expectations about delivery and the first hours with your baby. Download Birth Plan