We’re excited to help you welcome the newest member of your family. We know this is a very special time, and our Maternity Services staff is dedicated to helping you make wonderful memories.
Bonding with your baby in the first hours is important.
The first hours after delivery are a once-in-a-lifetime moment for you and your baby. A nurse will be with you to encourage skin-to-skin bonding and offer breastfeeding support. Additionally, newborn care including the first bath is done at your bedside allowing you and your baby to stay together during this special time. This approach to newborn care is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics because of the many benefits it has for you and your baby.
What you can expect in a Cesarean delivery.
Nurses are at the bedside after cesarean deliveries to ensure that time is made for breastfeeding and skin-to-skin bonding as soon as possible. Cesarean deliveries are also attended by a neonatal nurse to begin immediate specialized care, should your baby need it.
The region’s only OB ED
While we hope your pregnancy is enjoyable and uneventful, we're proud to offer the region's only Obstetric Emergency Department where women with pregnancy-related emergencies, complications and concerns at any stage of pregnancy can be seen by a board certified obstetrician 24/7. The OB ED is a dedicated 10-bed unit located next to the Labor & Delivery Unit on the 2nd floor and treats walk-ins, patients arriving by ambulance and those referred by an obstetrician. Women should talk with their OB-GYN early in their pregnancy about what to do in the event of an emergency.
Breastfeeding support is always available.
Our staff supports breastfeeding because of the health benefits for you and your baby. Our certified lactation specialists and maternity nurses can provide you with assistance and guidance whenever you and your baby need it. We also offer breastfeeding classes for expectant mothers as well as continued support after discharge from the hospital through our weekly Breastfeeding Mothers Group.
Our Level III NICU is more than a special care nursery.
Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children is home to the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in North Alabama and southern Tennessee. Our board certified neonatologists and neonatal nurses care for critically ill babies born at our hospital or transferred from other hospitals in the region.
Your baby’s safety and security is our priority.
Our security measures and monitoring systems are designed to help keep your baby safe during your hospital stay. Maternity staff wears special identification badges so you can easily recognize who is authorized to help you with your baby.
Our Safe Sleep program uses special sleep garments for your infant while in the hospital. This eliminates the need for extra bedding (blankets, toys, etc.) that can pose a danger to a sleeping baby. To encourage safe sleep practices at home, each family receives a complimentary sleep garment upon discharge.
Additionally, we follow best practice recommendations set forth by leaders in newborn safety to prevent infant falls. This includes the use of bed rails, placing babies in bedside cribs when parents need to sleep and educating families about the risk of infant falls at home.
Thanks to the HH Foundation and Junior League of Huntsville, babies born at Women & Children will receive a birthday gift that includes a copy of Goodnight Moon, a hand written letter from a member of the community, a pediatric toothbrush, and information on the local library.