Maternity Services at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women
Baptist has been delivering babies for a century, and we've developed unique maternity programs and childbirth services to make your experience an easy and memorable one, so you can focus on your new baby and family when that special time comes.
Start with our Beautiful Beginnings program by meeting with us sometime between the 15th and 20th week of your pregnancy. Our highly skilled nurses and maternity coordinators work to ensure your questions and/or concerns are addressed anytime throughout your pregnancy—from labor and delivery to postpartum.
To schedule a tour of our facility, complete your pre-admission paperwork and meet our nurses and maternity coordinators, call 901-227-9873. To register for any of our Beautiful Beginnings classes and support groups, call 901-226-5764.
The Region's High-risk Delivery Referral Center
We are proud to be the Mid-South’s leading high-risk delivery referral center. We offer laboring patients and their birthing partner and/or family with:
- 24-hour maternity ambulance entrance
- 23 labor and delivery suites
- 9 obstetrical assessment beds in our maternity emergency triage
- 40 newborn intensive care unit (NICU) beds with 2 sleep rooms for parents
- 24/7 in-house OB/GYN physician
- 24/7 in-house neonatologist
The 48-bed Mother/Baby Unit provides a safe, family-centered environment with plenty of room for new moms and families to stay together. We also have a security system in place that alerts hospital staff if anything unusual occurs.
Certified lactation consultants assist new moms with their breastfeeding questions through one-on-one consultation sessions or Baptist’s Breastfeeding Resource Center. For more information, call 901-227-9620.
Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
At the NICU, we treat babies who are born premature or have complications, such as heart defects or underdeveloped lungs. More than 10% of all babies born at the Women's Hospital are cared for in the NICU. The dedicated staff of nurses, neonatologists and pediatric sub-specialists are passionate about the quality, education and development of every baby. The continuing care unit provides parents with additional training before their babies go home.
Many parents with babies in the NICU cannot afford the highly specialized care, so contributions are especially important for this unit. For more information about how you can contribute to the NICU, contact the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation at 901-227-7123.
The NICU Brag Book
Having a newborn in the NICU can be a trying, worrisome and sometimes isolating experience for most families. We’ve found that families take encouragement and reassurance from stories about others’ experiences. The NICU Brag Book is a way for you to share your story to inspire and give hope to families who may be new to the experience. It also allows you to express your gratitude to the doctors, nurses and support staff who cared for you and your child. Please take a moment and submit your story and pictures.
Birthing and Parenting Classes
In additional to our medical services, Baptist Women's Hospital offers parenting and labor classes to help make every new beginning beautiful. We are pleased to be able to provide these classes and hope that you will find them helpful.
Saturday All-day Child Birthing Class
This one-day class option covers information about childbirth and the labor and delivery experience. The morning topics cover recognizing labor, when to come to the hospital, the labor and delivery process, as well as anesthesia options. The afternoon focuses on infant care, new mom care and breastfeeding. The fee for this class is $75. To register for this birthing class, please call 901-226-5764.
If you are interested in only attending a class on infant and new mom care, please contact us about attending only the afternoon portion of the Saturday All-Day Childbirth Class. Participant spots will be limited and the fee for only the afternoon portion is $30. For more information or to register, please contact our maternity care coordinator Pam Sere at [email protected] or call 901-227-9873.
This is a free Saturday workshop for dads only. The group is led by veteran dads who share information from a dad’s prospective. Topics include caring for mom and the new family, dealing with crying babies and moms, and how to be a dynamic dad. Registration is required. Please call 901-227-9873 to register.
This class is designed for 3–10-year-olds. It is an interactive class with hands-on activities for children and parents. Children learn about getting a new sibling and what babies can and can’t do. Parents receive information to help make the transition easier. The fee is $20 for the first child and $25 for two or more in the same family. To register, please call 901-226-5764.
This two-hour class teaches moms and partners the basics of breastfeeding. Topics include the advantages of breastfeeding, getting off to a good start, and resources for returning to work and pumping. The fee is $30. To register, please call 901-226-5764.
Online Childbirth Class
We are pleased to offer online childbirth classes. This program allows you to access class information on your schedule and in the comfort of your own home. The cost of the program is $35. You will receive access to our childbirth educators via email. They are happy to answer any questions you might have. An optional hospital tour is also available.
We offer this online child birthing class in a variety of languages. If you need additional information or wish to purchase this program, please send an email with your request to [email protected] or call our Maternity Care Coordinator at 901-227-9873.