Family Care Unit

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BABY-FRIENDLY HOSPITAL INITIATIVE (BFHI)

Our goal is to give moth­ers the infor­ma­tion, con­fi­dence and skills need­ed to suc­cess­ful­ly ini­ti­ate and con­tin­ue breast­feed­ing their babies or feed­ing for­mu­la safe­ly. You and your baby stay togeth­er in your room dur­ing your hos­pi­tal stay. Your sta­ble new­born will only vis­it the nurs­ery at your request or for pro­ce­dures such as hear­ing screens, lab draws, cir­cum­ci­sion or dis­charge blood pressures. 

There is noth­ing as impor­tant as the life and health of your child. The IMH Fam­i­ly Care Cen­ter is ded­i­cat­ed to the care of chil­dren and babies. Pedi­atrics and obstet­rics are com­bined in one nur­tur­ing envi­ron­ment with nurs­es who have spe­cial­ized train­ing and com­pre­hen­sive expe­ri­ence in neona­tal and pedi­atric care. 

Focus­ing on your health and the health of your baby — that’s our promise in the Fam­i­ly Care Cen­ter at Ivin­son Memo­r­i­al Hos­pi­tal. Small enough to pro­vide indi­vid­u­al­ized care, but pro­gres­sive enough to house advanced tech­nol­o­gy, we offer com­pre­hen­sive ser­vices, nur­tur­ing care and sophis­ti­cat­ed treat­ments and therapies. 

  • Labor, deliv­er, recov­ery, post-par­tum care in room
  • In-room Jacuzzi
  • Intrathe­cals and 24 hour a day cov­er­age for labor epidu­rals by two cer­ti­fied reg­is­tered nurse anesthetists
  • Low and high risk mater­nal and neona­tal care
  • Sup­port ser­vices avail­able for inten­sive care in Denver
  • Com­plete nurs­ery ser­vices with meta­bol­ic and hear­ing screen­ings for newborns
STEP 1

con­grat­u­la­tions, you’re pregnant!

To get on the road for a healthy preg­nan­cy and baby, get in touch with a provider prefer­ably by 8 – 9 weeks but cer­tain­ly with­in the first three months of preg­nan­cy. You can call us at any time, 24 hours a day, and our staff will refer you to the cor­rect place. 

STEP 2

get ready!

Begin pre­na­tal class­es the first part of your 3rd trimester. This will pre­pare you for labor, deliv­ery and car­ing for a new­born baby. Call us for more details and class sched­ules. Down­load an infor­ma­tion­al brochure.

Bring your per­son­al items and toi­letries. You may also want to bring some slip­pers and a robe. Bring clothes and blan­kets to take your baby home in. We will pro­vide dia­pers for baby and hygiene items for mom.

The Fam­i­ly Care Cen­ter has two cer­ti­fied lac­ta­tion edu­ca­tors on staff to help edu­cate you in breast feed­ing, post delivery. 

STEP 3

deliv­ery & care

All Fam­i­ly Care Cen­ter nurs­ing staff are RNs with exten­sive expe­ri­ence in obstet­rics and nurs­ery care. All nurs­es at the Cen­ter under­go an exten­sive 6 month train­ing pro­gram. RNs at the Cen­ter offer as much as 30+ years of expe­ri­ence. Through­out your stay, the staff will pro­vide infor­ma­tion and edu­ca­tion about car­ing for your new baby. 

We pro­vide 24 hour cov­er­age for epidu­rals and oth­er pain man­age­ment options with 2 CRNAs. Epidu­rals are giv­en dur­ing active labor, usu­al­ly when dialat­ed around 4 cm. 

STEP 4

your com­fort.

We offer sin­gle-patient suites for your com­plete mater­ni­ty care. When you are admit­ted for deliv­ery you will labor, deliv­er and stay in the suite for your post-par­tum care. Your new baby will stay in the suite with you and will only be tak­en to the nurs­ery for spe­cial pro­ce­dures like hear­ing and meta­bol­ic tests. 

We encour­age hav­ing your sup­port per­son stay with you and there is a sleep­er chair for this pur­pose in each suite. Oth­er vis­i­tors are wel­come any time, based on your rest needs. The num­ber of peo­ple allowed in the deliv­ery is total­ly up to the new par­ents, but your wish­es must be com­mu­ni­cat­ed to the staff at the Center. 

For vagi­nal deliv­er­ies you can stay for as long as 48 hours but most stay for around 36 hours. For C‑section deliv­er­ies, you can stay as long as 96 hours but most stay for about 3 days. 

STEP 5

going home

There is no set dis­charge time. When you are ready to go home, the paper­work will be pre­pared. All hear­ing and meta­bol­ic tests will be done. If you elect­ed to have a pho­to­graph post­ed on the web nurs­ery the pho­to will be tak­en before you leave. Fam­i­ly Care Cen­ter staff will accom­pa­ny you to your vehi­cle and ensure that a car seat is prop­er­ly installed. You will be sent home with all your dis­charge infor­ma­tion as well as baby care infor­ma­tion and even some samples! 

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