A Healthy Start.
The newly renovated Family Centered Unit at St. Luke's Hospital is a state-of-the-art maternity unit that offers the latest in maternity care and comfort for every member of your family.
St. Luke’s Hospital’s maternity program offers:
- 19 post-partum private rooms with private bathrooms with showers
- State-of-the-art Level II nursery — also known as a neonatal intensive care unit — for advanced care
- Comfortable in-room accommodations for overnight visitors
- Five-zone infant security system
- 24-hour on-site anesthesiologist
- More space for the whole family, including play areas for siblings
- Experienced, caring staff
- Breastfeeding/lactation education and support
- Dedicated areas for family meetings with social services, hearing screenings, lactation services and neonatology prenatal consults
- Nurse midwifery program
- Couplet Care program
- Hearing testing
Designed with the assistance and input of Southcoast physicians and staff, the new Family Centered unit at St. Luke’s can accommodate overnight visitors so mothers, babies and their partners can spend time together as a family right from the start. The rooms are also equipped with the latest technology so staff can provide the best care at the bedside.
The family-centered model of care and enhancements to the environment of care have been proven to show improved clinical outcomes for both the mother and newborn. The new unit incorporates the latest concepts in patient-centered care to help improve our ability to provide the highest quality healthcare for patients and their newborns, and to truly welcome the entire family during this special time in their lives.
St. Luke's and Charlton Memorial Hospitals are among a handful of community hospitals in the state and the only hospitals in the region that offer Level II nurseries, a neonatal intensive care unit specializing in the care of ill or premature newborn infants. 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. The St. Luke's Level II nursery was designed to be in close proximity to mothers within the post-partum area. This specially designed nursery offers more family space around the infant and incorporates equipment at the bedside.
Neonatologists specialize in the care of premature infants and make up the staff on our Level II nurseries on a 24-hour basis along with our specially trained nurses. They provide the help necessary to bring your baby to optimal health.
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.
St. Luke's also offers full-service operating rooms, surgeons, and a highly-skilled perioperative and critical care staff that can make the difference between a life-altering complication and a positive experience.
This new unit adds to the breadth of high-quality care available at Southcoast Health. This year Southcoast achieved the Healthgrades 2014 Maternity Care Excellence Award — the only hospitals in Massachusetts to do so. This unique distinction places Southcoast Health within the top 10 percent of all hospitals in the nation for exceptional care provided to mothers — during and after childbirth — and to their newborn children.
All of these advancements are here for you, so we can provide the best quality care to you and your growing family.
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.
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.
Our Couplet Care program makes for an easier transition to home because it allows you to have your baby in your room with you during the day and night. The same nurse cares for both you and your baby together as a “couplet” in the comfort and convenience of your room. There are various benefits of Couplet Care, including:
- Babies cry less and have more stable respirations, temperature, heart rate and blood pressure
- Promotes family bonding
- Provides education based on individual needs
- Offers more quality time for you and your baby
- Improves communication between you and your health care providers
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.
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We are committed to providing you and your family with the best possible care, as well as ensuring you are well prepared to take your baby home.