Fond du Lac area residents and their families are invited to join St. Agnes Hospital from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 5 as it offers tours of its new Women & Infants birthing rooms.
Guests can arrive through St. Agnes Hospital’s main entrance and will be directed to the new area on the hospital’s sixth floor. The new Women & Infants area will open after a November 8 move.
The new area features labor, delivery and recovery rooms with whirlpool tubs and ample space for a birthing partner. Following recovery, moms will enjoy the benefits of private postpartum rooms.
St. Agnes Hospital is fortunate to have eight obstetrics physicians that are board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as neonatal resuscitation program certified.
“With our new space, we will be able to continue to practice high quality care in a state-of-the-art facility,” according to Brita McCullough, MD, St. Agnes Hospital OB/GYN department chairperson.
Dr. McCullough says that the physicians work collaboratively with patients to understand individual requests surrounding their birthing plans. For example, if someone wants to engage a doula (birth companion or post-birth supporter), they are brought into the birth planning process. Or, if a birthing ball will help a laboring mother get into a comfortable position, they will help make it happen.
“Everyone has different expectations and desires during the birthing process,” says Dr. McCullough. “We spend the time that is needed to offer personalized, flexible and compassionate care.”
St. Agnes Hospital’s Women & Infants offers the following best practices that support mom, baby and family-centered care:
- Family-centered cesarean section: Involve partner to be present at birth; support breastfeeding as soon as possible after the baby is delivered.
- Skin-to-skin contact: Babies stay warmer, calmer and breastfeed more easily than babies who are swaddled or wrapped.
- Lactation consultant services: Support is available to mom and baby immediately after birth, during hospital stay and after discharge home.
- Rooming-in: Baby shares room with mom for the majority of time from birth to discharge home.
- Baby’s first bath: It’s recommended to wait to give them their first complete bath between 12 and 24 hours of birth to stabilize body temperature.