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2 Congratulations on your big news! At Madison Hospital, we re excited to help you welcome the newest member of your family. We know this is a very special time, and our staff is dedicated to helping you make wonderful memories. While we take care of you and your family, we pledge to treat you like a member of our family. Amenities: Spacious and homelike labor/delivery/recovery (LDR) rooms that overlook the Healing Garden Quiet postpartum rooms near the well-baby nursery State-of-the-art technology Special celebration meal for parents in honor of baby s arrival Professional family photography session with option to order high-quality prints Thank you for choosing Madison Hospital your community hospital for personalized maternity services close to home.

3 Preparing the entire family Expectant family classes are offered by Huntsville Hospital Women s Center, and many are available in Madison. Advanced registration for the following classes is required due to limited seating: Breastfeeding Class Cesarean Birth Childbirth Refresher Grandparenting Class Marvelous Multiples Parenting Class Prepared Childbirth Sibling Class We also invite you to tour our Maternity Department and meet our friendly and knowledgeable staff. Visit madisonalhospital.org/maternity to view a class and tour schedule. You may register online or call (256) Madison Hospital care team: Board certified obstetricians Expertly-trained neonatologists (pediatricians who specialize in newborn care) A neonatal nurse practitioner Experienced, caring nurses focused on helping families carry out their birth plans Certified lactation consultants to assist with breastfeeding

4 Maternity Pre-registration If you choose to pre-register, the information needed to complete most of your paperwork can be provided by phone. Pre-registration allows time to discuss health benefits with your insurance carrier and consider financial arrangements. Some insurance companies require pre-registration certification, so both you and your physician s office should contact your insurance carrier regarding requirements prior to delivery. If you are not covered by an insurance plan, financial counselors are available to discuss payment options. Your physician may request testing to be performed prior to your admission to Madison Hospital. An appointment is required for pre-testing. We have two locations for your convenience: Madison Hospital campus Professional Office Building #1 Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Huntsville Hospital Medical Mall 1963 Memorial Parkway Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Important phone numbers Pre-register for delivery: (256) Discuss payment options with a financial counselor: (256) Schedule pre-testing appointment: (256)

5 Your baby s birthday When it s time to deliver your baby, please go to the Registration Desk inside the Emergency Department entrance. We encourage you to bring a supportive partner to assist with the laboring process. You are also welcome to invite professional labor-support companions or doulas. Our experienced, caring nurses are dedicated to helping families carry out their birth plans. For your comfort and safety: Spacious and homelike labor/delivery/ recovery (LDR) rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology All LDRs overlook our peaceful Healing Garden Families enjoy an abundance of personal attention from our care team Centralized monitoring equipment is integrated into the LDR room design to maintain the family s safety and privacy Large operating room is immediately accessible for Cesarean section delivery Visiting information Our Maternity Department is located on the 2nd floor of the hospital. Guests are welcome to share in your labor experience at your discretion.

6 First hours are golden The bonding that takes place immediately after delivery and during the first few days of your baby s life is critical for growth and development. Closeness with your new baby is one of the best ways for you to learn about your baby and begin the important process of connecting with her or him.

7 Madison Hospital encourages... Skin-to-skin time: As quickly as possible, new babies are safely placed skin-to-skin on the mother s chest. All medical care is taken care of bedside while mom and baby enjoy skin-to-skin contact. This natural method is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and provides numerous physical and psychological benefits for both mom and baby. Babies who are delivered by Cesarean section or require immediate medical care will be placed skin-to-skin as soon as possible. Exclusive breastfeeding: Research has revealed many important benefits for both moms and babies. In addition to closeness, breastfeeding helps build resistance to illness and infections. Mothers who choose not to breastfeed will still be placed skin-to-skin with their baby while feeding. Our staff assists new parents in any way possible to ensure that their wishes are met. Uninterrupted time together: We know new parents want to introduce their new baby to family and friends very soon after delivery. The bonding time immediately after delivery is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and we encourage you to celebrate with family and friends only when you are ready. Benefits of skin-to-skin contact For babies: More stable heart rates, temperatures and blood sugars immediately after birth Breastfeed sooner, longer and more easily May cry less Helps reduce pain and ease the transition from the womb For moms: Helps with calmness and relaxation Decreases anxiety and postpartum pain Stimulates release of hormones that support breastfeeding and mothering Involvement with first bath: While still in the delivery room, parents can assist with baby s first bath.

8 Rest assured After your baby s birth and your recovery, you will be moved to a private room on our Mother/Baby Unit. We know caring staff is focused on the comfort of your entire family. Rooming in: To promote bonding during the first days, newborns and moms share a room. Your support person may remain with you throughout your stay, and we welcome your family and friends to visit at your discretion. Breastfeeding support: Although breastfeeding is a natural process, our experienced nursing staff and certified lactation consultants are invaluable resources. They are specially-trained and available before, during and after your stay to provide breastfeeding education and personalized guidance. To speak with a Lactation Consultant, please call (256) Safety: All Madison Hospital employees wear unique photo identification badges and color-coded uniforms so you can easily recognize who they are. We also use matching parent/baby identification bracelets and an infant security system. We practice safe sleep techniques and provide safe sleep education before your baby is discharged. Celebration meal: We treat you and one guest to a special celebration meal before you go home. Additional guests are welcome to order from our Garden Café by phone to be delivered to your room so they can share in this special time. Physician notes: Both your physician and our neonatologists will visit you and discuss your daily progress and anticipated discharge plans. A summary of your baby s care will be given to you at discharge to share with your pediatrician.

9 Your choice Thank you for choosing Madison Hospital for your maternity care. With our board certified staff and experienced nurses, we are prepared to care for patients with various complications, including elevated blood pressure, diabetes and multiple birth. If your physician recommends additional services, Madison Hospital is part of Huntsville Hospital Health System, the region s trusted name in health care since When you select us, you can be confident you are making the best decision for your family s health care. We want the Huntsville Hospital Health System family of hospitals to be your lifelong provider of choice. Additional resources available at Region s only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Maternal Fetal Medicine services Pediatric ER Pediatric subspecialists Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Pediatric surgery program St. Jude Affiliate Clinic Pediatric Therapy and Audiology Child Life Specialists Certified car seat fitting station

10 Picture perfect Every family who delivers at Madison Hospital is treated to an in-room photography session for their baby and the entire family, including any siblings. Our experienced, professional photographers capture baby s first photograph with a natural, artistic style. For families who wish to participate, photos may be shared with family and friends via the Internet. There is also the option to order prints of special moments captured during the photography session. A healthy idea for new moms After you and your baby are discharged from Madison Hospital, we provide a gift to encourage moms to take advantage of the programs available at the Wellness Center. All of our new moms receive a gift certificate for a free threemonth group exercise package. To learn more about programs at the Wellness Center, please call (256) 265-WELL (9355).

11 Honor your family with a unique gift With a donation of $100 (for a 4 x 8 brick) or $1,000 (for a 8 x 8 brick) to Huntsville Hospital Foundation, you can purchase an engraved brick paver to be placed in the Healing Garden. Enjoy special memories for years to come with a paver that includes your baby s name, birth date and special welcome message. To order, please call (256) Serving Huntsville & Madison Hospitals Huntsville Hospital Foundation is the 501(c)(3) non-profit fundraising arm of Madison Hospital and Huntsville Hospital. The Foundation accepts gifts on the hospitals behalf and works to fund both present and future equipment and program needs. Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible with 100% of all gifts benefiting the hospital program or department designated by its donors. The Madison Hospital Healing Garden is a popular spot for our guests and caregivers to relax in a peaceful, natural setting.

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