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Maternity Care

Delivering more choices, more natural delivery options and more personalized birthing experiences



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Each year, more than 1,850 newborns begin life at the Women’s and Children’s Pavilion at Regional Medical Center (RMC) in Anniston. With a team of specially trained OB nurses, highly-qualified, board-certified physicians and the latest in labor, delivery and recovery care, parents can experience a safe, personal and comfortable environment for one of life’s most precious milestones.

At RMC, families have more choices, more natural delivery options and more support throughout their birthing experience. As the first designated Baby-Friendly® hospital in Alabama, our collaborative team of doctors and nurses stands ready to help you realize your birthing plan – from the admissions process to childbirth classes, labor and delivery, postpartum and lactation support.

We encourage all expectant mothers to pre-register with the hospital in their seventh month of pregnancy. This enables our maternity care team and physicians to have all of your key information already in our system so that if your new baby makes an early arrival, you’ll be all set to fully focus on your health and the birthing experience.  

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Meet Sharon

As mother of two, Sharon Hall was already familiar with maternity care and services at Regional Medical Center, having delivered there in 2010 and 2013. Sharon also worked at RMC for 12 years and had that “insider” knowledge of the special support found here today for natural childbirth and breastfeeding, among other personalized possibilities.

When Sharon learned she was pregnant with Samuel, she wanted to explore options to deliver naturally and design her birthing experience. Having been induced for delivery of her first two, she was excited to learn about RMC’s designation as Alabama’s first Baby-Friendly hospital. Sharon and her husband, Daniel, arrived for the birth of Samuel on January 15, 2015, with her birthing plan in place. She was eager to experience the immediate skin-to-skin bonding, “rooming in” with the baby and much more.

Sharon’s experience with the physicians, nurses and entire care team was exceptional. She appreciates the great support of RMC’s lactation consultant as well. She advises other women and families looking for a personalized birthing experience to discover RMC and find the right care, right here.

Why is RMC Designated Baby-Friendly?

As the first designated baby-friendly hospital in Alabama, physicians and maternity staff at RMC take extra steps to provide the most baby-friendly environment for families. But what does this mean? It means we encourage immediate skin-to-skin contact with mom and her newborn right after birth. Our fully-certified lactation consultants encourage breastfeeding on-demand and assist you with breastfeeding support throughout your stay and following discharge. And our physicians and clinical teams encourage low-intervention, customized birthing plans that include water labor, family-centered cesareans with clear draping to fully view a cesarean birth and promote V-BAC births when safe for mom and baby.

“Health care systems should ensure that maternity care practices provide education and counseling on breastfeeding. Hospitals should become more “baby-friendly,” by taking steps like those recommended by the UNICEF/WHO’s Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.”

-Regina A. Benjamin, MD, MBAUS Surgeon General

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RMC’s state-of-the-art designed and fully equipped Women’s & Children’s Pavilion feature the following services and accommodations for new moms and babies:

  • 10 Comfortable and Private Labor-Delivery-Recovery (LDR) Birthing Suites
  • 20 Private and Spacious Postpartum (After-Delivery) Rooms Ideal for Rooming-in – Allowing Mothers and Infants to Remain Together 24 hours a Day
  • Dedicated, Family-Centered C-section Suites
  • Level II Special Care Nursery
  • Certified Lactation Specialists and Breastfeeding Experts Encourage Nursing on Demand (256-235-5132, ext. 1) and breastfeeding supplies for purchase
  • Board-certified OB Physicians and Clinical Staff Foster Low-Intervention Birthing Plans, including water labor
  • Prenatal Classes, Facility Tours and Lactation Support Classes by Certified Nurse Educators
  • Skin-to-skin care after delivery
  • Doulas welcomed as desired by patients
  • Natural childbirth classes, sibling classes, and breastfeeding classes
  • “Security Blanket” 24-hour hotline for new parents at (256) 235-5631
  • Safe Kids monthly child safety seat inspections, for more info call (256) 235-5132 ext. 3
  • Bereavement program for parents who have lost children due to miscarriage, still birth, newborn death, or early childhood death. For information call 256-235-5132 ext. 2

RMC’s LDR suites are private, spacious and to allow you to labor, deliver and recover in one spacious room. You will then spend the rest of your stay in a private mother/baby postpartum room with your baby. Fathers, and others as the mother desires, are welcome participants in childbirth.