When it comes to childbirth, Prisma Health providers are the most experienced in the area – delivering more than 7,000 babies each year! Our facilities are state-of-the-art and extensively equipped with everything you need for labor, delivery and recovery.
Our philosophy is one of family-centered maternity care, which recognizes the importance of new relationships and responsibilities that come with having a child. The goal of this philosophy is to achieve the best possible outcomes for all family members. Thus, our approach to maternity care revolves around you and your family’s needs during this special occasion. Each baby is unique – and your experience should be as well.
This exciting time is filled with great expectations. We are dedicated to meeting your expectations with our advanced facilities and our experienced, committed and compassionate staff. Because pregnancy is a challenging time both physically and emotionally, we also know that you have many questions. This material – along with childbirth classes and education from your provider – tells you much of what you need to know about pregnancy and your hospital stay.
As you prepare for your baby’s arrival, please be assured that we are committed to making your experience a positive one, and we join you in welcoming your new baby into your family – and ours.
Prisma Health–Upstate is pleased to have achieved Baby-Friendly designation at many of our hospitals.
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer optimal level of care for infant feeding.
Baby-Friendly designation is a gold standard that many hospitals across the country are trying to achieve. Not only does Baby-Friendly designation promote and support breastfeeding, it also promotes and supports skin-to-skin contact and rooming-in.
We recommend breastfeeding as the best feeding method because it provides optimal nutrition for your baby! It is the best way to feed your baby because it can protect your baby’s health, help you recover from pregnancy, save your family money and provide a lifetime of health benefits for you both. Please keep in mind that breastfeeding will take practice for you and your baby to learn.
Breastfed babies typically are healthier kids. Breastmilk naturally changes to meet the growing needs of your baby. You pass antibodies to your newborn through breastmilk. Breastfeeding is convenient. Breastmilk needs no mixing, is always the right temperature and costs nothing. And breastmilk is made for human babies.
The Baby-Friendly initiative helps hospitals give mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate (and continue) breastfeeding their babies—and bestows special recognition to hospitals that
have done so.
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative promotes, protects and supports breastfeeding through these 10 steps:
Choosing the right environment to welcome a new baby is an important decision for expectant parents. For many years, women have relied on the expertise and compassion Prisma Health to help deliver and care for their babies. We treat every birth experience as unique.
From normal to high-risk pregnancies, we have the technology and medical expertise to provide exceptional care that meets each patient’s needs. A board-certified OB/GYN is in the hospital at all times – just in case. Anesthesiologists and neonatologists are here around the clock as well.
At Prisma Health, our goal is to provide family-centered maternity care (FCMC). FCMC integrates pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum and infant care in the continuum of the family life cycle as a normal, healthy event. This care is tailored for each woman and her family and recognizes the importance of family support, participation and choice.
FCMC is based on 10 principles:
A woman’s choice of health care is a very personal decision. The midwifery model of care is based on the belief that pregnancy and childbirth are normal life processes.
At Prisma Health, we have certified nurse-midwives. All are registered nurses who have graduated from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), hold master’s degrees and have passed a national certification examination to receive the professional designation “certified nurse-midwife.”
Prisma Health midwives provide individualized, family-centered care with a strong emphasis on patient education. Each prenatal visit is tailored to meet the physical, emotional and informational needs of the woman and her family.
Midwives perform comprehensive physical exams, prescribe medications including epidural anesthesia and pain medication during labor if needed, order laboratory and other diagnostic tests, and provide health and wellness education and counseling.
The midwives at Prisma Health specialize in keeping birth normal. They offer high-touch, low-tech care during labor and birth. In addition to providing continuous physical, emotional and psychological support, they encourage walking, massage, aromatherapy, music, and the use of birthing balls, showers and birth pools according to each woman’s specific needs and desires.
Although it is unlikely, there may be times when the midwife feels it is necessary to consult with or refer a woman for care to an OB/GYN physician during labor or birth. In the event that this should occur, you can rest assured that the midwife will stay with you throughout the remainder of your care and continue to provide the emotional, physical and psychological support that is the hallmark of midwifery care.
A birth plan is a list of personal preferences for your birth experience. You may have specific wishes regarding pain management during labor and/or the delivery or care of your baby. The birth plan is a way to communicate your wishes to your healthcare team.
These items generally are covered in a birth plan:
Below are some examples of preferences to consider: