Since 1995, over 50,000 babies have been born in the Family Birth
Center at Medical Center of Central Georgia. When it comes to your
special delivery, it is important to us to provide you a team that
includes the expertise of obstetricians, nurses, lactation consultants,
educators, and other health care professionals. We want to ensure
that Mom and baby receive family-centered maternity care they deserve.
The Family Birth Center is one of five regional Perinatal Centers
in the state of Georgia and should your baby need special care,
Children's Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia
has a dedicated Level II & III Neonatal Intensive Care Units.
The Family Birth Center consists of 4 private OB assessment rooms,
12 private Perinatal Rooms for High Risk obstetrics, 10 private
Birthing Suites, 26 private Postpartum, 3 operating rooms, and 4
recovery rooms. All rooms are specially designed and equipped with
state of the art technology to accommodate through all stages of
delivery. Here at the Family Birth Center you will enjoy the following
- Spacious Labor & Delivery Suites
- Family-friendly & family-centered environment
- Flexible Birth Plans
- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week onsite Anesthesia
- Highly trained & experienced staff specializing
in low & high risk deliveries
- Accomodations for Waterbirths
- Breastfeeding Services
- Infant Security System
II and III Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery
During your stay with us, we want to ensure that you have a comfortable
visit in a warm and welcoming environment. The Family Birth Center's
room amenities include:
- Private bathroom
- Comfortable sofa that converts to a sleeping
- Wireless Internet access
- Flatscreen TV with cable
- Personalized information is provided for
you which includes the names and numbers of your care-team.
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Preparing for your New Arrival through our Beginnings
The Beginnings program is a comprehensive maternity program which
provides educational classes and support services. Beginnings offers
a wide variety of educational programs to prepare you and your family
for your baby's arrival. Registration is required for all classes.
- Prepared Childbirth classes
- Prepared Childbirth Refresher
- Baby Care Basics
- Infant CPR
- Car Seat Safety
- Sibling Classes
- Breastfeeding Classes
a description & to register for classes click here
For more information on Beginnings classes or to schedule a tour
of the Family Birth Center,
Babysitting Classes for Teens and Preteens
more information click here.
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To register for breastfeeding classes click
The Family Birth Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia
has two RNs who are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants
on staff to assist breastfeeding mothers. A breastfeeding specialist
is available to help our breastfeeding mothers get off to a good
start while in the hospital and after discharge.
Prenatal breastfeeding classes are offered at no cost for pregnant
women and their partners who are interested in breastfeeding their
babies. This two hour class covers the benefits of breastfeeding,
positions for breastfeeding, getting a good latch, pumping and special
Breastfeeding mothers will receive a visit from our lactation specialist.
She will provide you with basic breastfeeding information, answering
questions and assistance in getting baby to the breast if needed.
Mothers may call Lactation Services directly for help during their
hospital stay. All the nurses in the Family Birth Center have received
breastfeeding education and can also assist breastfeeding mothers.
Support After Hospitalization
Our Breastfeeding Services offer a Warmline to take your calls or
concerns about breastfeeding such as the use of medications while
breastfeeding, pumping for return to work, milk supply issues and
infant feeding problems. Call the Warmline seven days a week, 9am
-6pm at 478-633-2771 or 800-228-2055.
Life Boutique of Central Georgia Home Care Services sells breast
pumps and other breastfeeding supplies call for more information
at 478 633-6250.
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Central Georgia Fertility (CGF) provides Middle Georgia with a
full-service fertility center that delivers the best cutting edge
medical science in a comfortable and convenient setting, with a
staff that truly cares about our patients. Whether you require minimally
invasive fertility treatment, stimulated artificial insemination,
in-vitro fertilization (IVF) or specialized services, such as tubal
reversal or endometriosis surgery, CGF is here to serve you. For
more information call 478-757-7888 or visit www.centralgeorgiafertility.com.
Meet Our Staff
William J. Butler, MD
Kristina Hawkins, MD
Abdelmoneim I. Younis, DVM, MS, PhD, HCLD (ABB)
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Birth Center Tours
We invite and encourage you to schedule your personal tour of the
Family Birth Center. Tours are scheduled Monday - Friday from 9am-5pm.
Please enjoy a free gift compliments of the Family Birth Center
for participating in our tour.
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The anticipation of your new baby is an exciting time for you and
your family. The Family Birth Center at The Medical Center of Central
Georgia wants to provide you the birthing experience that is to
be celebrated and remembered. Labor and Delivery nurses and staff
are here to guide and assist you during the birthing process. To
ensure that you have everything you need during your stay at the
Family Birth Center, here is a checklist of the items you will need
in preparing for your hospital visit:
Items for Mom
- Nightgown and bathrobe
- Bra and nursing bra
- Breast pads
- Hair bands
- Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, hair
brush, lip balm, lotion, & deodorant
- Comfortable and loose fitting clothing
to wear home
- List of contacts to announce birth to
friends and family
Items for Baby
- Going home outfit for baby
- Receiving blanket
- Warm clothing to wear home/heavy bunting
or blanket (if cold weather)
- Baby socks
- Baby hat
- Baby car seat
A car seat is required by law and should be properly installed
in your car before you go to the hospital. Call the Kohl's Kids
Safety Zone hotline of The Children's Hospital for more information
at 478-633-SAFE or visit the website kohlskidsmacon.org.
You can schedule an appointment to have one of our car seat technicians
inspect your car seat.
Other Helpful Items for Your Visit
- Hospital admissions papers, click here
to pre-register for your hospital visit
- Birthing Plan
- Pediatrician's name and contact information
Other Important Items
- Money for parking
- Books or magazine
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What is the Magic Hour?
The first hour after your baby's birth is ideally reserved for the
baby and parents to get to know each other. Visitors do not participate
in this special hour.
During the first hour of life, a healthy baby shows a high level
of alertness and an ability to interact with parents. The baby recognizes
the parent's voices and smell. This time is ideal for the baby to
be introduced to the parents with snuggling, breastfeeding, and
as much uninterrupted time as possible. This special time calms
the baby after birth and enhances the bonding of parents with their
Did you know?
- Babies have an amazing ability to interact
with their parents: They can distinguish touch, smells, tastes,
sounds and sights right away
- Breastfed babies will nurse better when
placed skin-to-skin on the mother immediately following birth
- A mother's body can maintain her baby's
temperature more effectively than blankets and warmers
What is so special about the "Magic Hour"?
Immediately following delivery, a "magic hour" happens
in which parents, their infants and a significant other spend time
getting to know each other. During this period, the nurse will dry
your infant and place the baby skin-to-skin on your chest, allowing
for the most intimate and tender contact with your child. Research
shows us that early contact between mothers and infants promotes
more positive relationships between the two of you.
After delivery, babies are very alert. These awe-filled moments
provide the best opportunity for you and your baby to begin building
a relationship together. Babies have the ability to look directly
into their parents' eyes and respond to their voices. During this
quiet alert phase, baby will make the first attempts to interact
with you and the new world. A newly born baby placed skin-to-skin
on your chest feels the familiar and comforting rhythm of your heartbeat.
This intimate contact also allows your baby to see the shape of
your face and begin to recognize your familiar taste and smell.
Because babies see clearly for about eight to 12 inches, placing
your baby on the chest of the mother is perfect for parents to naturally
touch, hold and cradle their newborn babies. This gentle touch triggers
a variety of physiological and emotional responses. Touching baby
also promotes a healthy immune system for the newborn. This very
personal and private time will nurture these loving and unique feelings.
Why is skin-to-skin contact so good?
Skin-to-skin provides the best possible temperature regulation for
a newborn. Babies who get cold can have problems with breathing,
feeding and maintaining proper blood sugar levels. Research also
shows us that babies who spend the first 90 minutes with their mothers
skin-to-skin cry less than those who are dried, wrapped and placed
in a bassinet! This intimate contact also helps babies breastfeed.
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The Family Birth Center is designed for family-centered care. Offering
private rooms, the Family Birth Center Mother-Baby Unit provides
postpartum care for new mothers and their babies. We provide the
- Nursing care for vaginal or cesarean delivery
- Couplet Care or "Rooming In" with
baby in Mother's Room
- Lactation services to assist mothers that
choose to breastfeed.
- Private obstetricians, physician residents,
and nurse practitioners
- A Family Nourishment Center is offered
on each unit for patient and family convenience
- Flu and Tdap vaccinations available for
- Hepatitis B vaccine available for infants
- Professional Photography Services with
online photo nursery. Great for extended families to view photos
of your new arrival. Visit
our web nursery.
The Postpartum Staff provides nursing care for Vaginal and Cesarean
Section deliveries. Individualized care and education is a focus
during the remainder of your stay after you have had your baby.
Mothers may keep the baby in the room, but the newborn nursery is
available for short term infant care. Moms with complications such
as Diabetes, Postpartum Hemorrhage, Hypertension and or pre-existing
Medical or Surgical conditions may also be cared for on the Postpartum
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We welcome and encourage family and friends to visit you during
this joyous occasion. We also want to ensure that mom and baby receive
proper rest and recovery.
Visitation hours and policies are as follows:
Visitation Hours: 8am-9pm
Infant Security Policy
Infant Security Patient Education 4-06 (PDF)
Visitation Policy for Flu Season
Visitation Flu FLYER 2013 (PDF)
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Today there are a number of choices for a mother to consider when
giving birth. One of those choices is a water birth. The Family
Birth Center can accomodate water births per mom's birth plan.
Why Choose Water Birth?
For some, water may help women during childbirth by providing
a soothing environment for the mom during labor. Here are some reasons
why some women consider water birth as an option:
- Some women find water helps them relax
- By being relaxed, this may help decrease
stress hormones and allow a more functional progression of labor
and for some, less pain.
- Some women find that the weightlessness
caused by water buoyancy helps with repositioning, comfort and
- The buoyant effect of water may lessen
muscle tension and promote relaxation.
- When a woman in labor relaxes, breathing
becomes easier which may provide optimal oxygenation for both
mother and baby.
- Laboring in water may help pelvic floor
tissue to relax and may decrease the need for an episiotomy.
At the Family Birth Center of The Medical Center of Central Georgia,
birth is a special milestone. We want to offer options to best suite
our patients. Contact your doctor for more information about water
births and if it is the right decision for you and your family.
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