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The birthing unit at Womack Army Medical Center consists of:
9 Birthing Suites (Labor/Delivery/Recovery)
4 Outpatient triage rooms
2 Operating room suites
2 bed recovery room for Post-Surgical care of a Cesarean Section delivery
The unit has open visitation hours and family members are welcome to remain in the Birthing Suite during the delivery of the infant, as the mother desires. Triage and PACU Recovery only one visitor at a time and no children are allowed for safety reasons. The mother and infant remain in the birthing suite for 1.5 to 2 hours after delivery before transferring to the Mother Baby Unit. Womack Army Medical Center averages 200-300 deliveries and 600-800 outpatient visits per month. We have a friendly staff of physicians, midwives, and nurses who are committed to bringing you and your family excellent care.
Policies and Procedures
The L&D policies and procedures are in compliance with the following regulatory guidance:
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
About Your Stay on the Birthing Unit
After 20 weeks gestation, you may report to the birthing unit for evaluation, treatment, or monitoring. Your healthcare provider will discuss and review with you a plan of care at the time of admission so you and your family understand why you are being admitted.
Your stay will vary in length based on you and your baby’s healthcare needs. Mothers in labor will remain in the Birthing Unit for delivery of your newborn and for the immediate postpartum period then you will be transferred to the Mother-Baby Unit.
While on the unit, a nurse will be assigned and dedicated to you and your needs throughout your entire delivery. Your nurse will assist with providing your medical care, support you during your labor and delivery, answer your questions, encourage you and act as your advocate.
We do not have restricted visiting hours; however we want your stay to be a supportive, low stress environment with decreased stimulation to facilitate your birthing process.
We highly encourage you to have supporters with you during your labor and delivery including of course the father of the baby. Children are allowed but it is mandatory that an additional adult be present to care for children present.
Family and friends who are ill should discuss their presence with the nurse to determine if it is safe for them to be present on the unit.
What to Bring
We provide most everything you will need during your stay.
Some suggested comfort items you may want to bring include:
Cell phone, tablet, laptop (at this time the Birthing Unit does not have Wi-Fi)
Favorite pillow (for both mom and dad)
Personal hygiene items and other personal comfort items you desire to bring
Family and friends who will be providing support are encouraged to dress for comfort and to pack a lunch with snacks. There is a shoppette located on the ground floor of the hospital, open M-F during normal business hours.
Carolinas Cord Blood Bank
What is the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank?
Womack’s Birthing Unit has also partnered with the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank (CCBB). It is a public cord blood bank that collects, tests, and stores cord blood donated by moms like you who have delivered a healthy baby after an uncomplicated pregnancy and birthing process. The bank tests, process and stores cord blood for use by patients in need of an unrelated donor for transplant. The CCBB participates in the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) making it available through the NMDP Registry to anyone needing a life-saving transplant.
Why should I think about donating my baby’s cord blood?
The blood in your baby’s umbilical cord and placenta contains blood-forming stem cells that may be used to treat a patient with cancer, sickle cell, or a life threatening genetic disease in ned of a stem cell transplant.
Please call 919-668-1116 to speak with a CCBB staff member or 910-643-2517 to speak with a member of the Womack collection team.
*Participation is voluntary and part of an ongoing study at Duke University.
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