Women's and Children's Services
The "Women's and Infant Health Center" at Providence Park Hospital
Great thought went into planning and design of Providence Park Hospital's Women's and Infant Health services. Our services are comprised of the following areas:
- Labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care (LDRP)
- Special Care Nursery
- Women's Health Units
Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum care (LDRP)
Providence Park Hospital has created new concepts in birthing services. Our care is focused on safety and quality and aligned with patient needs and desires.
We have questioned everything we do, and have asked ourselves, "Is there a better way to serve our patients and families?" We want your family birth experience to be a healthy, positive, memorable occasion.
Providence Park Hospital has 27 spacious, private rooms that accommodate all phases of the birth experience: labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care (LDRP).
We practice ‘rooming in’ where healthy babies stay with mom and dad together as a family unit to encourage that all important 'bonding' that occurs in the initial stages of the newborn's life. We encourage breastfeeding on demand, made easier when baby is with you and you learn their feeding cues.
- At the birth, the baby will be placed on the mother's chest for skin to skin contact where initial newborn assessment can take place.
- The Vitamin K injection that is given to newborns and the state mandated eye treatment (a petroleum jelly based product) will be delayed for about an hour so the mother and baby (and dad) can make eye contact.
- Babies will naturally root for the nipple and begin breastfeeding in this hyper-alert phase immediately after birth. Lactation consultants (nurses with an expertise in breastfeeding) will attend the births if requested.
- Warmed blankets and overhead warmers are there to keep mom and baby warm while they maintain skin to skin contact.
- The baby is dried off but not bathed immediately as the baby and mother sense each other's smells.
- There are long couches in the room and dads are encouraged to stay as a member of the new family (not just tolerated like some unwanted visitor).
- The cribs are high, so mom can reach over to her baby, without having to get out of the bed and reach down to pick them up.
- We encourage a nap time every afternoon! Tell family and friends not to call or visit then so your new family can rest. Fatigue after a long labor and the elation of the birth is the main reason that many moms think they must send the baby back to the nursery so she can get some sleep. Research shows that moms and babies sleep better when they are together.
- If a baby develops hyperbilirubinemia (jaundice, a common transient occurrence in the newborn), in room bili-blankets (that provide phototherapy) can treat the baby without having to remove them from the mother's room.
LDRP Unit Highlights
- Patients stay in a private room and the staff "comes to them" - rather than moving the patient around the hospital for the hospital's convenience.
- Hallway supply closets between every 2 rooms contain 80% of the most commonly used items, which means that the nurses can stay in the area of their patients.
- Computers both in the room and in the hallway charting alcoves, also keeps the nurses close to their patients, rather than down the hall at a 'nurses station'.
- Patients may not have to use their call-lights to find their nurse, as hourly rounds are a standard of practice.
- Because moms can often only have ice chips while in labor, with your physicians’ approval, we can make snow-cones for moms as a nice alternative.
- If a C-Section is needed, there are two C-section rooms and the anesthesiologist conveniently located on the unit.
LDRP Additional Amenities
- Each room has a flat screen TV and a small refrigerator in addition to the microwaves, coffee makers and refrigerators in the family lounges and nourishment areas.
- Our support of breastfeeding as the best method of infant nutrition is strong. Along with the lactation consultants, we carry breast pumps for rental or purchase and a full line of nursing bras (34B up to a 54J) in solid black, white, peach or beige and prints that include starburst, floral and leopard patterns!
- There are no strict ‘meal times’. Meals are ordered and delivered when YOU want your meal tray 7:30a-7p. Of course, dads can get guest trays in the room as well for a small additional cost.
- There is an extraordinary in-hospital photography studio right on the unit. Portrait quality baby pictures in black and white, sepia-toned or taken on a white satin cradle with just a touch of color, (such as a pink bow in the baby girls' hair or a tiny blue teddy bear) rival the typical newborn pictures most hospitals provide.
- Any medications that the mom or baby might be sent home on will be delivered to the room before discharge, avoiding the need to stop at the pharmacy on the way home.
Special Care Nursery
This is a 4 bed, Level 2 nursery with unique semi-private rooms for the babies and accommodations for the parent to stay in the room with the child.
- The unit is staffed with a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner 24 hours a day.
- Capable of doing phototherapy, IV hydration or antibiotics, care of the late pre- term infant and CPAP/short term ventilation.
- There is strong support for the breastfeeding mother with a Lactation Consultant, available breast pumps and breast milk freezer.
Six bed unit (all private rooms) caring for moderately ill children with asthma, cellulitis, fractures, need for antibiotics or IV hydration, etc.
- There are cardiac monitors in each room as well as a treatment room on the unit for procedures.
- Flat screen TV's in every room.
- Sleep couches for the parents to stay.
- Staffed with an On-unit pediatric hospitalist 24 hours a day.
- There is also a playroom filled with books and toys!
Women's Health Unit
An all private rooms unit focused on the needs of female patients. This entire wing of Providence Park Hospital provides services to women who have a variety of diagnosis. They may include gynecologic, antenatal, urinary incontinence, breast surgery issues and much more.
Women's Health Services are supported by a full range of breast imaging services including digital mammography, ultrasound and stereotactic biopsy. We partner with all services at Providence Park to educate women on other gender specific issues in cardiology, orthopedics, neurology, oncology and behavioral health.
You can find your Providence Park Hospital physician here or you can simply call 1-866-501-DOCS to speak with one of our St. John Health Connect representatives, who will be very glad to help you.