For expectant parents seeking individualized care and experienced staff, Trinity Medical Center in Birmingham is an excellent option. “We believe in and try to provide quality, compassionate care to all our patients,” says Nancy Holland, nursing director for the Women’s and Children’s Services.
Moms-to-be labor and give birth in comfortable rooms that were renovated and remodeled in 2004. These updated rooms feature a soothing, hotel-style ambience with soft lighting and decorative details. Five obstetricians service the facility and, during labor, each laboring mother is assigned her own nurse for a more personal experience.
After a recovery period following the birth, mom and baby move to a postpartum room. “We find mothers like going to a clean, fresh room,” Holland says. A lactation consultant visits nursing mothers to offer assistance; as well, all nurses are trained in basic breastfeeding education. Mom is encouraged to have the baby room in to support family bonding, but a nursery is also available.
Cesarean sections are performed in Labor & Delivery unit operating rooms by a highly trained team. Afterward, while Mom recovers, the baby is taken for observation to the Intensive-Care unit, where Dad and other family members are able to visit and get to know the newest member of the family.
The Level III Neonatal Intensive-Care Unit (NICU) can care for infants of any gestational age. State-of-the-art features include all levels of ventilators and nitric oxide, minimizing the risk of breathing complications and medical conditions in premature infants. In fact, infants are regularly transferred from smaller facilities to Trinity Medical Center in order to provide the best possible care.
The hospital’s prenatal education program has recently been modified to accommodate the schedules of today’s busy parents-to-be. The new all-inclusive class, which covers information on pregnancy, birth, infant safety, newborn care, and breastfeeding, is held every third Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This way, expectant parents don’t need to rush to class after work for several weeks in a row.
And perhaps Trinity Medical Center’s most highly regarded feature is its skilled and dedicated staff. “Our staff are highly trained in all three areas: labor and delivery, postpartum, and NICU,” Holland says. “I’m in my 22nd year, and I truly feel that we have a wonderful department.”
The Stats (from 2009)
Prenatal and Breastfeeding classes are taught on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Births in 2008: 884
Obstetricians on Staff: 5
NICU Level: III (all levels of ventilators and Nitric Oxide)
NICU: 16 bed capacity
Well Baby Nursery: 16 bed capacity
Nurse to patient ratio: Active labor patient 1:1
Post Partum: 1 RN caring for 3 – 4 Mothers/Babies