The concept of family-centered care is reflected throughout the Labor & Delivery floor, from the liberal 24-hour-a-day visitation policy for family members, to the sleeper chairs in the rooms for Dads to spend the night, to sibling classes that teach what to expect when baby brother or sister arrives. The Labor & Delivery floor is designed to convey a home-like feel and features 13 tastefully decorated, private labor, delivery and recovery (LDR) suites and eight high-risk perinatal rooms, many with a spectacular view of the downtown skyline. Each LDR suite is equipped with central fetal monitoring that is viewed at a central nurses' station and, in some cases, a physician's office too.
Most deliveries occur in the private suites, but the operating room and special care nursery are nearby should a complication arise. The hospital has perinatologists on staff specially trained in maternal fetal medicine to handle patients who have difficult pregnancies such as diabetes, premature rupture of membranes, placenta previa and high blood pressure.
Registered nurses support the family through the birth process. For some mothers that may mean complex medical intervention, but for many it may mean simple comfort measures, such as leisurely showers and walking with their family. No matter what the birth experience, labor and delivery nurses are there to guide and assist Mom.
Education is an important part of the labor and delivery experience as well. Atlanta Medical Center offers extensive classes and parenting resources before and after delivery. Parents can preview the hospital in the OB Tour and choose from classes in childbirth, breastfeeding and infant massage. A daily Mother/Baby Class during the hospital stay helps new moms learn how to care for themselves and their babies after discharge from the hospital.
For more information about Labor and Delivery Services at Atlanta Medical Center, please call (404) 265-4786.