Labor, Delivery, and PostpartumOur SMH Birthing Center provides
a family centered, hotel-like environment with spacious, all-private
labor, delivery suites and postpartum rooms. Our highly skilled Labor
and Delivery staff consists of nursing professionals specifically
trained to care for obstetrical patients. The area has limited access to
allow us to maintain a safe environment for mother and baby, and a
beautiful waiting area is available for patients' families to await
their new addition. All areas and rooms are WiFi accessible.
Breastfeeding Support ServicesWhether you have decided to
breastfeed or you are considering breastfeeding, we can help you. Our
dedicated staff includes Registered Lactation Consultants and
Breastfeeding Educator Nurses, who will provide you with one-on-one
breastfeeding education and counseling. If you have chosen to
breastfeed, our Lactation Staff will visit you during your hospital
stay, and provide outpatient consultations if needed.
Our Lactation Consultants are available to consult with your physician
regarding your breastfeeding concerns. SMH is a GIFT (Guided Infant
Feeding Techniques) certified hospital.We have a monthly Breastfeeding
Clinic to discuss the advantages of breastfeeding, how to get started,
how to prevent problems and what to expect in the first weeks. For more information about our
Breastfeeding Support Services or to speak with one of our Lactation
Consultants, please call (985) 280-8663. For current dates and times of
classes, please call (985) 280-2657.
References on Breastfeeding Support:
Having your baby at SMH?
Immediately after delivery, we place the newborn skin to skin on mom's chest and encourage the magical first hour to be enjoyed between the new parents and baby in the birthing room. The newborn's assessment and monitoring is done in the room with mom as long as no complications arise. We encourage rooming in with the parents to allow the new family to bond and learn each other. However, if you choose to place the baby in the nursery for any amount of time, we have nursery staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to care for your newborn.
Neonatal Intensive Care UnitThe neonatal intensive care unit provides specialized care to newborns
with a wide array of medical problems including prematurity, respiratory
distress, infections and other anomalies. Board-certified neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners and neonatal nurses who specialize in the care of sick and premature infants staff our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the only one of this level in East St. Tammany. The unit has equipment to provide cardio-respiratory monitoring
and support, including conventional and high frequency oscillating
The NICU is located on the second floor adjacent to the newborn nursery. Parents and family members are encouraged to visit the baby in the NICU. Your newborn's nurse will explain visitation guidelines.
Medical RecordsWe recommend you fill our your baby's birth certificate forms prior to delivery. Birth certificate packets are available when you preregister for delivery. Approximately three to six months after the birth, you will receive the birth certificate from the Louisiana Department or Vital Records.
CafeteriaThe Camellia Cafe is located on the first floor. Food may be eaten in the cafe or taken out. Please check with the cafe for exact service times and daily specials. Guest trays are available through the dietary hostess for a nominal fee.
Gift ShopThe Care Package Gift Shop is located in the Gause Boulevard Lobby and is open Monday through Friday. Cards, balloon bouquets and gift items are available.