Few moments in life are as sweet as the first time you meet your child. At Onslow Memorial Hospital, we help you prepare for that special day and the many special days ahead with your newest family member.
Prenatal Care: Off to a Healthy Start
Regular visits with your OB/GYN play an important role in your prenatal care. In addition, Onslow can also help you prepare in several other ways. Our Stork Express class is a great way to get information about birthing, community resources and more. We encourage you and your support person to attend around your 7th month, but register early since classes fill up quickly. This program is provided for free and is a 2 day session. You may sign-up for class by calling 577-2581. To learn more information about this class, click here.
If you are interested in meeting our experienced staff and taking a tour of our department, please call the labor unit at 577-2231. Since patient safety and quality care is our first priority, there will be occasions when our team will be unable to provide a tour. Finally, take advantage of our pre-registration. Pre-registration is completed in our out-patient department. The best hours are between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. If you have additional questions about pre-registration, please call our patient access department at 577-2282.
Labor and Delivery
When the big day arrives, you’re cared for in a labor, delivery, postpartum recovery suite. Our comfortable suites feature extra room for family members. And, at your side is an experienced team of obstetricians, neonatologists, nurse midwives, nurses and supportive educators, like lactation consultants and community resource discharge planners.
Well-Baby Nursery and Advanced Neonatal Care
When it comes to your growing family’s safety, you’re in the best of hands at Onslow Memorial Hospital. You and your baby have the support of board-certified obstetricians and neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and our experienced nursing staff and support teams.
With three levels of infant care and our experienced staff, Onslow Memorial is prepared for every type of birth situation. Our well-baby nursery meets the needs of routine births with little or no complications. Our Level II nursery offers comprehensive monitoring and observation for newborns born prematurely or those with jaundice, breathing or feeding problems.
Our Level III Nursery (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) provides care to newborns with intensive medical and nursing care needs. With the latest technology and equipment, Onslow's nurseries are able to monitor infant heart rates and oxygen levels, as well as implement ventilators and environment-controlled isolettes. This unit even serves other area healthcare facilities that lack advanced monitoring and care. You also will rest assured knowing your newborn is always protected by our infant security system.
We provide area families with more than high-quality medical care. We offer the reassuring peace of mind of knowing your little one is in the best hands medicine has to offer.
To learn more about our labor and delivery services or maternal and childbirth classes, call (910) 577-2581.
To learn more about our pediatric services, click here.
Your Baby Needs Time!
More and more births are being scheduled a little early for non-medical reasons. But experts are learning that this can cause problems for both mom and baby. If possible, it’s best to stay pregnant for at least 39 weeks. Be sure to talk further with your OB doctor about why it is so important to remain pregnant for at least 39 weeks unless medically necessary. Bright future ahead! Click here to learn more about the March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign.
Be sure to check out MomTalk! This is a great place to network, blog and meet moms who face the same issues you face.
- Exercise Your Way to a Healthy Pregnancy
- Common Tests During Pregnancy
- Common Discomforts During Pregnancy
- Breastfeeding and Returning to Work
For more information, visit O’Healthy, our online health library.
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- Onslow County Health Department (910-347-5002)
- Tarawa Terrace (military only) (910-450-0081)
- Navy Marine Corp Relief Society (military only) (910-451-5346)
- Breast Pump Rental Supplies
- Johnson Drugs (910-347-5185)
- La Leche League (800-525-3243) to find counselors in your area
Getting Started: Suggestions for Breastfeeding
- Wake your baby if baby does not wake up for feedings. Infants typically sleep the first 24 hours.
- Hold your infant skin to skin before feedings.
- Massage your breasts before feedings.
- Try feeding on a routine schedule, at least every 3 hours or 8-12 times a day. (ex. 3, 6, 9, 12)
- Encourage baby to open mouth wide before trying to latch.
- When latching, make sure that baby’s upper and lower lips are flanged outward.
- Look and listen to see if baby is swallowing.
- Feed on the first breast, then burp baby before offering the second.
- Call the Lactation Specialist to check your infants latch.
- Breastfeeding should not hurt after 20-30 seconds. If hurting after 20-30 seconds, check baby’s latch and position.
- To break your baby’s latch insert your finger gently into your baby’s mouth between gum lines and remove breast from mouth.
- Monitor diaper counts for first six weeks.
- Use gel pads for cracked or damaged nipples.
- Keep follow-up appointment with pediatrician after discharged to home. (Usually within 3 days).
Problems to Report to your Healthcare Provider
- Infant sleeps all the time, has no interest in eating.
- Feedings are very short or extremely long.
- Extremely fussy infant, especially after breastfeeding.
- Newborn misses feeding or sleeps through the night.
- Infant will not latch.
- After day five, milk supply not in.
- Breast engorgement.
- Breast that do not soften during and after feeding.
- Damage to nipples.
- Severe nipple pain.
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