The BirthPlace

The BirthPlace at Conway Medical Center is located on the second floor above the patient service entrance. The BirthPlace is designed with your comfort and privacy in mind and contains two exam rooms, seven birthing rooms, a cesarean section room, a cesarean section stabilization room, a 27-bed nursery and a 16-bed postpartum unit. 

 

When You Arrive
Upon arriving at the medical center, each patient is to obtain an outpatient record from the Patient Services Department, Monday–Friday, 5:30 a.m.– 9:15 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m.–9:15 p.m. After 9:15 p.m. you will enter from the emergency department entrance. If you are sent directly from your doctor’s or midwife’s office with admission orders, you or your family member will be directed to the business office. Patients in labor will be directed to the labor and delivery suite. Pre-admission forms are available from your doctor or midwife. These forms are not required, but completing them will save time. Upon entering the labor and delivery suite, registered nurses (RNs) under the direction of your doctor or midwife will be responsible for your care at all times. The RNs are assisted by licensed practical nurses (LPNs).


After an examination by the RN or your doctor or midwife, the doctor or midwife will decide if you will be admitted to the medical center. An exam includes monitoring the baby’s heart rate, your blood pressure, and contractions, as well as other things. You will be assigned a room in The BirthPlace labor and delivery unit. After the delivery of your infant, you will be assigned a room on The BirthPlace postpartum unit.

To protect your privacy, no information will be given about your labor progress or delivery on the telephone by the staff. Family members or friends should be asked to call The BirthPlace waiting room and talk with your family. The number to call is 843-347-7111 Ext. 1286.

Birthing Coach
The birthing experience is a special one and wanting to share it with your family is only natural. The staff’s goal is to assist you and your family in a safe and satisfying experience. You will be asked to name one or two support people to stay with you during your labor and delivery. One or both of these persons may stay with you during labor and delivery. Other friends and family members may stay in The BirthPlace waiting room.

Caesarian Delivery
If it should become necessary for your doctor to deliver your baby by cesarean section, your abdomen may be shaved, and a catheter inserted in your bladder. You may receive a preoperative injection. Jewelry, makeup, dentures and contact lenses must be removed before you leave for surgery. Mothers having scheduled cesarean sections will be admitted directly to one-day surgery. Birthing coaches are not permitted in the operating room for unscheduled cesarean sections.

Delivery
When your baby is delivered, identification bracelets will be placed on you and your infant. A security tag will be affixed to one of your baby’s ID bands. Your right index finger and the baby’s footprints will be imprinted on an identification form. You will be able to hold your baby shortly after birth. The baby’s weight will be obtained upon arrival to the newborn nursery. Photographs of you and your baby may be taken. Video cameras are not allowed in the birthing/delivery rooms.



Recovery
Mothers who have had normal deliveries will spend about an hour recovering in the labor and delivery suite after delivery. At the discretion of the charge nurse, your baby may breast feed to aid in the bonding process. This will depend on the baby’s and the mother’s condition and the nurse/patient ratio at the time. After the recovery period, you will be transferred to your assigned room in The BirthPlace. Each room contains a bathroom with a shower, telephone, color television, closet and an electric bed.

Breastfeeding
Our nursing staff are qualified and always available to assist you with any special needs you may have in bottle or breastfeeding your newborn.  In addition, we offer a breastfeeding class taught by one of our registered nurses who is also a Certified Lactation Consultant, on a monthly basis.  The classes are free and you can attend before or after your delivery as needed. 

Register for a Breastfeeding class or call us at 347-8108.   

Visiting
After delivery, the baby’s father may visit The BirthPlace at any time. All other visitors must come during visiting hours of 8 a.m.– 9:30 p.m.

Babies may be seen in the nursery window at all times. No visitors are allowed after 9:30 p.m.

Siblings may visit between 8 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Children are not allowed to stay overnight. A waiting room for family and friends is located in The BirthPlace, close to the nursery.

The medical center’s main entrance is open from 8 a.m.– 9:30 p.m. All visitors arriving after 9:30 p.m. must obtain an “After Hours Guest Permit” from the security office located in the emergency room lobby.



Rooming In
Mothers may participate in the “rooming in” program. “Rooming In” can only begin after examination and evaluation by nursery staff and written orders by your doctor or midwife and the pediatrician. Fathers may visit at any time. There are to be only two visitors at a time in the mother’s room during “rooming in.” The mother accepts the responsibility of following the “rooming in” policy by written consent.

Mothers not “rooming in” may have their babies in their rooms on demand by calling the Nursery at Ext. 2009.

Breast and bottle feeding are done on demand.

Birth Certificate
Information for the birth certificate will be collected during your stay in the medical center. Also, you will be able to apply for your baby’s social security card. A copy of the official birth certificate may be obtained from the Horry County Health Department approximately two (2) months after your baby’s birth. For questions regarding this, please call, 843-248-3958.

Meals
Your meals will be served during the following hours:
Breakfast: 8-9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 12–1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5–6 p.m.

You may request other nourishment when you wish.

One complimentary guest tray is available after delivery. Please ask the staff of The BirthPlace to order your tray for the guest of your choice, giving the time you will have your guest tray. Dietary asks for at least three (3) hours notice when a guest tray is desired.

Going Home
You will be given instructions by your doctor or midwife about follow-up visits and the opportunity to ask any additional questions.

When you are ready to leave, you may dress your baby for the trip home. Be sure to have an infant car seat to take your baby home at discharge. Gift packs and infant care instructions will be given. You will be taken by wheelchair to the front of the medical center where family or friends may pick you up.