Labor & Delivery
Birth is a highly personal experience. We invite you to labor with the support of your loved-ones and family members nearby and to follow a birth plan that fits your beliefs and lifestyle. Each mother has different expectations of her labor and delivery, and your needs will likely be very different from other mothers. Whether you are a first-time or veteran mother, our team will work closely with you and your family to help you carry out the birth plan you designed with your partner and physician.
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The birthing suite at Franklin County Medical Center is designed to support your entire birth experience and ensure that you’re able to share it with family and friends in whatever way you choose. Rooms for new mothers include:
- Specially designed beds for laboring, recovery and rest. A bedside baby basinet stocked with a complimentary baby bag, newborn toiletries and educational materials
- Free wi-fi internet access
- TVs and DVD/CD player
During your stay at Franklin County Medical Center, our caring and expert staff will encourage and support you in a way that helps you feel relaxed and comforted. Our nursing staff is certified in Neonatal Resuscitation, Advanced Fetal Monitoring, and Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics. We are proud to support a wide range of options from natural childbirth to the use of anesthesia, depending on your individual preferences and labor situation. We also welcome families who choose to include a doula in their birth plan.
24-Hour Anesthesia Services & Dedicated Operating Room
To make the birthing process more comfortable, the FCMC offers 24-hour anesthetist services so that mothers-to-be and their physicians are able to manage labor anytime, day or night. We encourage all mothers to consult with their obstetricians about their preferences for epidurals or other pain-management options. Our anesthetists are certified and able to respond immediately to any needs a mother may have while she is laboring at Franklin County Medical Center.
If you are planning a cesarean section, it will comfort you to know that you will not have to be transferred to another location in the hospital for your birth. The operating room is located just steps from the birthing suite. Whether planned or necessitated by emergency, you can feel comforted that our staff is experienced and we are equipped with modern technology to meet your birthing needs.
What to Bring
Please review the following suggestions when packing for your stay with us. Many of the items listed here can make your stay more comfortable.
- Change of clothes to go home in
- Books, DVDs, CDs, and other entertainment
- If you prefer, pillow and blankets from home
- Chapstick for labor
- Hair ties and/or clips
- Cell phones, including charger and important phone numbers
- Fully charged camera
- Extra batteries and tapes
- Special snacks (refrigeration is available on site)
- Slippers, comfy clothes and toiletries
- Computer and cords to upload photos
For New Baby
- Clothing for first photos and car ride home
- Receiving blankets (at least two)
- Car seat (required)