Southcoast Maternity. Special Places.
Whether it's the home-like atmosphere and midwifery services at Tobey Hospital, the extra family support at St. Luke's Hospital or the sparkling new rooms at Charlton Memorial Hospital, Southcoast offers the best choice for maternity services for you and your family.
Each of the more than 3,400 annual births at Southcoast is a special as the new family that results. With our wide array of sites and services, we are able meet just about any birth preference that a family might have.
And all of our sites offer extensive parenting and pregnancy-related classes and support groups.
- Level II-Special Care Nurseries: Two Southcoast hospitals, Charlton and St. Luke's, are among just a handful of community hospitals in the state to offer Level II or "Special Care" nurseries. A special care nursery treats infants born prematurely (at 32 weeks or more gestation) or those with special health problems. Infants cared for here do not need respirators but may require oxygen and need to have medication and fluids intravenously.
- Neonatologists: Neonatologists are physicians specializing in the care of premature infants. They staff a Level II nursery on a 24-hour basis, as well as specially trained nurses. Southcoast has an affiliation with Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, R.I., for each of these nurseries. Occupational therapists, physical therapists and social workers also provide care to babies and their families.
- Nurse Midwives: While the practice of midwifery has been with us for ages, today's nurse-midwives are highly trained, credentialed medical professionals. Many are nurses who have done graduate work and all who practice at Southcoast have earned certification after completing a rigorous examination in all aspects of nurse midwifery. They are recognized experts in the care of women through pregnancy, childbirth and the post-partum period. They also provide routine gynecological care and work closely with obstetricians, who sometimes consult or offer other assistance.
Nurse-midwives' philosophy is that pregnancy and childbirth is a normal, healthy process and women should be educated and supported throughout it. Nurse midwives practice at each of Southcoast's sites.
- Lactation Consultants: Breastfeeding has been shown to be an important advantage for a newborn's overall good health and is strongly encouraged at all three sites. Each of our maternity units offers the services of trained and certified lactation consultants - nurses whose job is to promote breastfeeding and educate and assist moms to achieve success in their efforts.
- Hearing Testing: All infants born at our three maternity centers receive hearing tests from an audiologist who is specially trained in diagnosing hearing problems in newborns. Hearing problems can affect a newborn's development.