The Thomas Hospital Birth Center is an award-winning facility. Most recently, the birth center earned a Silver Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. A Beacon Award signifies a positive and supportive work environment, with greater collaboration between colleagues and leaders, higher morale and lower turnover. Thomas Hospital is the only birth center in the state to receive this designation.
The Thomas Hospital Birth Center is one of three Infirmary Health birth centers. Recently remodeled in 2017, it features large, spacious delivery rooms that are comfortable for the whole family. Thomas Hospital also practices skin-to-skin between mothers and babies immediately after birth. This technique helps enhance the immediate connection between mothers and babies. Each room is equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment for a safe delivery, and unplanned C-sections can be easily accommodated in the OB operating rooms, which are located inside the birth center.
The birth center also offers classes on childbirth, lactation and has a program in conjunction with the fitness center for new moms. Available during pregnancy and for three months post-delivery, this medically based program helps moms-to-be and new mothers increase their energy, flexibility, endurance and overall health and well-being.
The Thomas Hospital Birth Center is also a level two special care nursery with two full-time neonatologists on staff. Dr. Gordon and Dr. Powers both specialize in neonatology and have extensive experience in caring for babies who are ill and require special attention. With the neonatologists on staff, the birth center is able to provide more advanced and specialized care than ever before, reducing the risk of infants having to be transferred to other facilities and keeping the mothers and babies together.
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