We believe there’s an ideal size hospital for your special delivery. Not so big that you’re lost in the crowd or so small that the advanced care and the leading-edge technologies you expect aren’t available. At Habersham Medical Center, our obstetrics professionals make sure every delivery is as special as your first.
 
Included on our professional staff are nurses who are National Neonatal Resuscitation Certified and have earned National Certification in the Stabilization of High Risk Newborns.
 
Our standard of excellence provides:
  • Family-Centered Care - The Family Birth Center strives to provide quality care in a supportive and nurturing environment. We encourage rooming-in with your baby to promote the bonding process that takes place between parents and infant during the first few hours and days after birth.
  • Care Management Our collaborative approach uses the expertise of obstetricians, certified nurse midwives, pediatricians, anesthetists, and trained staff to provide clinical care for both you and baby.
  • Water Birth Option Water is a safe, natural, and effective way to relieve pain. This service is provided at the Family Birth Center. Talk to you obstetrical provider to see if this option is right for you.
  • Personalized Attention We will support you every step of the way during labor, delivery, and your first few days as a new family.
 

Admission to the Family Birth Center

When you arrive at the hospital go to the main hospital entrance. The receptionist will direct to the registration area. If you have pre-registered all of your information will be in the computer. You will sign consents for admission at this time for you and your baby. If you arrive at the hospital during the middle of the night, you will need to enter through the emergency room. You will be escorted to the Family Birth Center were a nurse will take your vital signs , place you on a fetal monitor to check the baby’s heart rate and assess contractions. The information will be reported to your obstetrical provider for further care instructions.
 

Visiting Guidelines

It is helpful to determine who you would like present for the birth of your baby before admission. This should be communicated to your nurse upon arrival. You may find comfort from the encouragement of friends and family members. You will be allowed four visitors during the actual delivery. Depending on your stage of labor and comfort level, visitors may be asked to wait in the waiting room. Other visitors and family members may make short visits during your labor, but they must always remain in your room or the waiting area. Visiting hours in the Family Birth Center after delivery are from 9am-9pm. Remember friends and family members should not visit if they have recently been ill.
 

What to Bring to the Hospital

From about 35 weeks on, it’s a good idea to have your bags packed and ready to go. Here is a list of suggested items to bring:
  • Nightgown or T-shirt if you don’t want to wear a hospital gown
  • Nightgown for after delivery (one that opens in the front if you will be nursing
  • Slippers/socks with non-slip soles
  • Robe
  • Bras (nursing bras and pads if you will be nursing)
  • Toiletries (brush, toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, cosmetics)
  • Ponytail holder
  • Loose-fitting clothes for the ride home
  • Chapstick
  • Camera/Video camera (please speak to your nurse about when video cameras may be used)
  • The hospital will provide pads/panties for after delivery (you may bring your own if you choose or are more comfortable)
  • Clothes for the baby (onesies, sleepers, outerwear)
  • Receiving blankets
  • Rear-facing car seat (Georgia Law requires children under the age of 4 to be placed in a child restraint device. Infants must be placed rear-facing up to 1 year of age and it is recommended to continue until 2 years of age.) Parents, not nurses, are responsible for securing infants in car seats.
 
To arrange for a personal tour, call (706) 754-3113, ext. 2123