From your first prenatal appointment to the birth of your child and the amazing days to follow, Wellstar helps you prepare for your new baby with our interactive education, accessible resources and personalized care. Thousands of new parents choose to celebrate their baby’s birthday surrounded by our highly skilled maternity services team providing family-centered care in technologically advanced birthing centers. There’s no need to travel far when top-rated, world-renowned childbirth services are nearby.
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. All patients should report to the Labor and Delivery nurses’ station for labor, induction, or a scheduled c-section. You should only bring items needed for delivery; all other personal belongings may be brought in once you are admitted.
Parking is free and is available at the main entrance to the facility and also near the Emergency Department.
Please note new moms are provided with meals during their hospital stay.
Cafeteria (located on the first floor of the A Building) Dine-in and takeout options are available.
Breakfast: 6 AM - 10 AM
Lunch: 11:15 AM - 2 PM
Dinner: 5 PM - 6 PM Vending machines (located in vending areas throughout the hospital) Snacks, coffee and other beverages are available 24 hours a day in the vending areas.
Outside food - Visitors are allowed to bring outside food into the hospital and there are several restaurants in the area. Please note we do not provide refrigerators for food storage.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many rooms do you have?
How many people can be in our room during my labor and the birth of my baby?
Some women want only one special support person in the room during the birth of their baby, while other women prefer additional support. No more than three people can be present in your labor and delivery room at any one time. Only one support person is allowed in the c-section area. If you have questions, please discuss them with your healthcare provider and your nurse.
What if I'm having a scheduled cesarean birth?
On the day of your scheduled c-section, you will go to Labor and Delivery, where you will be prepped for your surgery. Once you are settled in the operating room, a staff member will bring your support person in to join you. After your baby is born and the three of you are in the recovery area together, your nurse can assist you with breastfeeding, if you like. Once your initial recovery period is over, you will be transferred to a Mother/ Baby room. Your baby will be placed skin-to-skin as soon as you are able to hold the baby. Visitors (up to three, including the baby’s father) are welcome to visit with you once you are moved to your room. Prior to that, they will need to remain in the waiting room.
What if my baby needs special care?
A Special Care Nursery (Level 2) is available for babies that are born prematurely (at least 32 weeks) and need specialized care or extra observation. The Special Care Nursery is only for babies that are too unstable to stay with the mother; however, it may also be used for special procedures. Parents will be provided a room to stay in if their baby is placed in this nursery after the mom has been discharged.
What are the visiting hours?
Visiting hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (except for your support person, who is welcome to stay overnight with you in your room). No more than four visitors will be allowed in your room at any one time. Visitors under the age of 12 who are not siblings of the new baby are not allowed beyond the main lobby and must always be accompanied by an adult. Visitation may be restricted at any time based on CDC recommendations. This is for the safety of your baby and its developing immune system.
What do I need to know about car seats?
To leave the hospital, your baby must have a car seat. We recommend you purchase your car seat and have it checked or installed by a certified car seat safety technician before your baby is born to ensure it is installed properly. Did you know 72% of car seats are installed incorrectly? The State Patrol provides individual car seat inspection. Please call 706-845-4101 for further assistance with your car seat installation. Wellstar staff members are not allowed to install the seat or secure the infant, for liability reasons.
What if I need help with breastfeeding?
Your nurse is a wonderful resource for breastfeeding and can answer questions and assist in your initial efforts to breastfeed. If you need additional assistance, a Lactation Consultant is available to visit your room to provide more information, guidance, and help with breastfeeding. Wellstar promotes breastfeeding and provides support from the staff 24 hours a day. Our Lactation Consultants can be reached at 706-880-7416. In-room pumps are also available for use.
Is there an ATM inside the hospital?
Will I have a private room?
Can I choose to deliver my baby early?
Are food and drinks allowed in the labor room?
Will I be allowed skin-to-skin contact with my baby?
Yes, your baby will be placed on your abdomen/chest when medically stable and will remain in this position for an hour. Mom and baby will be covered with a gown and/or blanket. Skin-to-skin contact helps regulate the baby’s temperature, promote normal heart rates and respiratory patterns, stabilize blood sugars and facilitates breastfeeding. If you have a c-section this may not start until you leave the operating room and are moved to the post-op room. Your support person may provide skin-to-skin contact until you are stable and settled in recovery.