Wellstar Labor & Delivery
Experts in Delivering Joy
Plan for a healthy pregnancy and baby even before you’re expecting. Wellstar offers world-class care for a safe and healthy journey toward motherhood. Each woman’s pregnancy is as different as she is, with distinct expectations and various medical requirements.
From your first prenatal appointment through labor and delivery, the obstetricians and healthcare providers at Wellstar ensure you have the information and care you need to prepare for the birth of your child. We take our mission of delivering technologically advanced family-centered maternity care seriously. This commitment to excellence is why Wellstar is recognized for maternity care by Phillips + Fenwick, the nation's leading think tank of family-centered care.
The amenities and experienced care by our physicians and nurses are just two of the reasons why 10,000 babies are born at Wellstar hospitals each year. Our Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) offer world-class clinical care for high-risk and premature newborns and are equipped with the latest technology and equipment to nurture the smallest and most critical babies. With experienced OB/GYN practices throughout Northwest Georgia, and nationally ranked birthing centers, Wellstar provides you and your growing family world-class care close to home.
The day you’ve been preparing for and anticipating for the last nine months has finally arrived. While every woman’s experience with labor and delivery is different, and even each birth experience for the same woman is different, there are many things that you can expect to happen during your labor and delivery.
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- Wellstar Cobb Medical Center Preguntas Frecuentes Trabajo de parto y nacimiento
- Wellstar Douglas Medical Center Preguntas Frecuentes Trabajo de parto y nacimiento
- Wellstar Kennestone Regional Medical Center Preguntas Frecuentes Trabajo de parto y nacimiento
- Wellstar North Fulton Medical Center Preguntas Frecuentes Trabajo de parto y nacimiento
- Wellstar Spalding Medical Center Preguntas Frecuentes Trabajo de parto y nacimiento
- Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center Preguntas Frecuentes Trabajo de parto y nacimiento
- Birth Preferences / Mis Preferencias Para el Parto
- Emotional Support for New Moms / Mamas Embarazasas o Primerizas
- Feeding Cues / Senales de Hambre
- Heart Disease during Pregnancy / Enfermedades Cardíacas, Embarazo y Posparto
- Inducing Labor / Induccion del Trabajo de Parto
- Infant Formula / Formula Para Lactante
- Latching on to Breastfeeding / Comprendiendo la Lactancia Materna
- Spontaneous Labor / Como se si Estoy en Trabajo de Parto
Frequently Asked Questions
How will my pain be managed?
What is the cord-clamping policy?
Do you have information on cord blood banking and placenta donation?
Currently, families are welcome to purchase their own cord blood kit and ask their healthcare provider to facilitate collection. Patients must coordinate transfer with the donation company. Please discuss this procedure and your plan with your healthcare provider in advance of your hospital admission.
Can I walk around after childbirth?
Do I need to choose a pediatrician before coming to the hospital?
We recommend you choose a pediatrician before you come to the hospital to have your baby. At the hospital, your baby will be examined by a pediatric provider throughout your stay. Before discharge, you will need to make an appointment with your chosen pediatrician for the well-baby visits within 48 hours of discharge. If you need help choosing a pediatrician, physician referrals can be provided by calling (470) 956-STAR.
What security measures are taken for my newborn?
Wellstar has a state-of-the-art, multi-layer infant security system. Having your baby with you in the recovery room and afterward in your Mother/Baby room provides one of the most effective first-level security measures. Your baby will be fitted with an electronic sensor and mom and her support person will have an ID wristband matching that of the baby. To avoid activating the alarm, it is important for moms to remain within the unit with the baby. There are some additional measures your nurse will go over with you upon your arrival. You will also see all staff caring for you wearing Wellstar identification badges telling you who they are, along with a pink stripe on their badge that identifies them as being allowed to handle infants.
Can the baby sleep in mom's bed?
Do you have a newborn nursery?
Are cameras allowed in the delivery room?
Cameras are welcome in the delivery room, with prior consent from your healthcare provider, after mother and baby are stable. Please note this can change based on the birth situation. Videotaping or live streaming during admission, delivery or any procedures is strictly prohibited.
What about baby pictures?
In-hospital photography services are available. You will receive information on how to purchase these during your stay, if you choose to do so. There are a variety of photo packages and birth announcement designs available for purchase. Families are also welcome to take their own personal photographs.
Are overnight guests allowed?
Are siblings allowed in the room with the mother and new baby?
Yes. However, an adult, in addition to the new mom, will be required to be in attendance with small children. This way the new mom can focus her attention on caring for herself and her new baby. All sibling visits are subject to CDC-guideline restrictions during flu season. Therefore, children under 12 will not be permitted to visit during flu season. Children are not allowed to spend the night.
Will my guests and I have internet access?
How long will I stay in the hospital?
What time is discharge?
How do I obtain my baby's birth certificate?
A medical records representative will visit your room during your stay to assist you in completing the birth certificate. Fathers will need to present a photo ID if not married to the mother. The baby’s last name will match that of the mother’s while in the hospital.
What is the smoking policy?
How can I show my appreciation to the staff?
Will I receive a survey about my hospital experience?