Surgical/Internal Medicine ward and Women/Maternity ward
Dietary Plan for Pregnancy Induced Hypertension
Ceascerian section support
Baby friendly breastfeeding
At least a month before your due date you should visit our Admissions department where you will be pre-admitted. For pre-admission registration, your physician will provide you with your admission letter and estimated due date. If you have health insurance you should take this letter to you insurance agency who will issue you a Guarantee letter authorizing coverage of your hospital admission. With these documents, visit our admission department. If you have limited or no insurance coverage you will be informed how you can settle your financial responsibility, before your admission.
You should have all the things you will need for yourself and your baby packed and ready to go at least four weeks in advance. For those seeking a quick solution, a Maternity Pack containing some of the necessities for mother and baby during hospital stay, is available for purchase at the Cay Hill Pharmacy located on our premises.
The following is a guideline. Click here to download as a checklist.
You may bring more particular personal items to make your stay more comfortable.
A good book, radio or music player with earphones may be useful for relaxation. A Video or camera (battery operated) may be used if discussed with the physician or nurse beforehand.
For Your Baby
Clothes for your baby should be soft, comfortable, lightweight and loose fitting. They must be easy to put on and remove. Please wash all clothing, blankets and towels before packing.
Please be certain to label your baby’s personal belongings. DO NOT use powder; it is not good for the baby’s lungs if he or she breathes in those tiny particles.
When you think the time has come to have your baby, call your doctor before you leave home. Remove all jewelry and other valuables before leaving. Upon arrival at SMMC please check in at the Admitting Desk within the Emergency Department. The Admissions Clerk will request you to verify your information and the emergency doctor will attend to you. If needed, expect a quick ride in a wheelchair to the labor room!
If you have not progressed that far, you will be welcomed and checked into your maternity ward room. Our staff will notify your doctor about your progress.
You can have 2 Support Persons with you during labor and delivery. We recommend that they alternate their visits during this time. Family and friends may wait for news on our Patio until after delivery when you have been transferred to your room.
Multiple, telephone inquiries to the Delivery Room should be avoided as they are distracting. We suggest your Support Person report to one member of your family to update your relatives or friends who are anxiously waiting for news.
Delivery of the baby can take place in the following ways:
- Natural childbirth
- Assisted childbirth (epidural, vacuum extraction and induced labor)
If the Gynecologist or the Pediatrician determines there is medical need, the baby is transferred to the High Care Neonatal Unit on the Pediatric Ward.
If your baby has no medical complications, your baby will be brought to your room. Rooming-in, where your newborn remains at your bedside, fosters the development of parent-child bonding. This also helps you to get familiar with your baby’s routine.
From the moment of birth, breastfeeding is encouraged and will be initiated within the first hour. Mothers who choose not to breastfeed will be assisted with bottled milk. You will be instructed in feeding, burping, handling and changing of the newborn.
We want you and your baby’s stay to be as safe and pleasant as possible. We are committed to providing you and your baby with a positive experience and the best possible health outcome. Our obstetrical nurses provide experienced and comprehensive care for babies during this important first step into the world. For the safety of your baby, please discourage visitors from handling your baby. Do not allow siblings or other children to visit if they are unwell or may have been exposed to infectious illnesses.
A Special Note to Fathers
You have the opportunity to remain after visiting hours for bonding time with your baby. You are welcome to come in the early mornings for instructions along with mom on how to bathe and care for your baby. Make an with your nurse or team leader to set an appropriate time for care.
We provide maternal and child healthcare in order to prepare you for your discharge home. You are advised to make an appointment with the baby wellness clinic where they will assist you further with nursing and baby care at home.