Pregnancy & Childbirth Services
Whether delivery will be at The Medical Center, every element of the delivery experience has been carefully planned for the mother’s comfort, convenience and safety, from pre-natal classes to breastfeeding and parenting support. These include:
Birthing Suite Choices at The Medical Center
A family-centered approach to childbirth in a comfortable setting is offered at The Medical Center. While both hospitals offer exceptional care, each location has a unique environment.
At The Medical Center, LDR (Labor Delivery Recovery) birthing suites allow mother, support person and baby to stay together in a warm environment throughout labor, delivery and recovery before transferring to another room for family-centered care. The High Risk Nursery for critically ill infants is located on the same floor as the Labor and Delivery department.
Advanced Care at The Medical Center
Advanced levels of perinatal care are offered at The Medical Center. When seconds matter and a birth becomes other than routine, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The Medical Center provides subspecialty care under guidelines as a Level III Perinatal Service.
Levels of Care in Our Community
LEVEL III (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)
Level III care in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The Medical Center provides intensive care for critically ill newborn babies, extremely premature newborns, newborns who are facing congenital issues, and newborns requiring surgical intervention.
Level III Capabilities*
Level II capabilities plus the following:
Provide sustained life support
Provide comprehensive care for infants born before 32 weeks of gestation and weigh less than 1,500 grams and infants born at all gestational ages and birth weights with critical illness
Provide prompt and readily available access to a range of pediatric medical subspecialists, pediatric surgical specialists and pediatric anesthesiologists
Provide a full range of respiratory support that may include conventional ventilation and/or high-frequency ventilation and inhaled nitric oxide
Perform advanced imaging, with interpretation on an urgent basis, including computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and echocardiography
LEVEL II (Special Care Nursery)
Level II care in our Special Care Nursery at The Medical Center, in addition to providing basic care, have the facilities, technology, and medical and support staff to care for certain high-risk pregnancies and moderately ill newborns who are recovering from a serious illness treated in the NICU at The Medical Center.
Level II Capabilities*
Level I capabilities plus the following:
Provide care for infants born at 32 weeks of gestation or later and weigh 1,500 grams or more who have physiologic immaturity or who are moderately ill with problems that are expected to resolve rapidly and are not anticipated to need subspecialty services on an urgent basis
Provide care for infants convalescing after intensive care
Provide mechanical ventilation for brief duration (less than 24 hours) or continuous positive airway pressure or both
Stabilize infants born before 32 weeks of gestation and weigh less than 1,500 grams until transfer to a neonatal intensive care facility like the NICU at The Medical Center
LEVEL I (Well Newborn Nursery)
Level I care is the minimum requirement for any facility that provides inpatient maternity care.
Level I Capabilities*
Provide neonatal resuscitation at every delivery
Evaluate and provide postnatal care to stable newborn infants
Stabilize and provide care for infants born at 35-37 weeks of gestation who remain physiologically stable
Stabilize newborn infants who are ill and those born before 35 weeks of gestation until transfer to a higher level of care such as the Special Care Nurseries at both The Medical Center
*Adapted from Guidelines for Perinatal Care, 2012, American Academy of Pediatrics and The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
For more information, contact us at:
The Medical Center
710 Center Street
Columbus, GA 31901
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Center
2000 10th Avenue, Suite 100
Columbus, GA 31901
Lactation Center and Boutique
500 18th Street, Suite B-30
Columbus, GA 31901