If you’re expecting, it’s common to feel excited, nervous and a little fearful all at the same time. SHC’s Great Beginnings Family Birthing Center gives you the personal care you and your family need to help prepare for and deliver your newborn in a warm and caring environment.
New mothers are free to have visitors stop by and share the joy of a new birth. However, to ensure privacy and rest for new mothers and safety for babies, we ask visitors to follow these guidelines:
- Fathers, grandparents, and brothers and sisters of the baby may visit you anytime in your room.
- Mothers and fathers are allowed in the nursery under nurse supervision. All other visitors may look through the nursery window or see the baby in the mother's room.
- For the baby's well-being, all visitors must wash their hands before holding the baby.
- The nurse in charge of Great Beginnings is responsible for monitoring visitors.
Although we understand and encourage the presence of a support person(s) during labor, we ask that no more than two persons are present. We encourage you to make arrangements in advance for one or two primary support person(s) and ask others to not visit until after you have delivered. By limiting visitation during labor, we allow you the important freedom to make informed and uninterrupted decisions about your childbirth experience.
Great Beginnings Classes
There is no greater experience in life than giving birth to a child. Our classes provide the confidence and knowledge you need to make your child’s birth the joyful experience it should be.
Breast Pump Rentals
Research shows that a mother's natural milk is better for her babies. Therefore, SHC rents breast milk pumps for new moms. These portable breast milk pumps are conveniently sized and come with their own carrying bag. The pumps are designed to pump both breasts at the same time for ease of use. For more information, call (608) 348-2331.
FAQs of Life
Great Beginnings’ FAQs of Life booklet is our gift to new families in celebration of the birth of their child. Once you arrive home, you’ll continue to have questions about the proper care for your baby. While we encourage you to call us anytime, day or night, we hope you’ll find many answers in the FAQs of Life. The booklet topics include:
|Taking Care of Yourself
Taking Care of Baby
Feeding Your Baby
Care of the Umbilical Cord
Giving Baby a Bath
Care of the Circumcision