Labor and Delivery
Our family birthing center is a great place to have your baby. We support the involvement of family and friends. While you are in labor, visiting hours are not restricted. You may choose who you want to have as a support person during labor and delivery. Visitors under the age of 12 are allowed in the labor and delivery rooms; as long as they are accompanied by a responsible adult that is not the patient.
After delivery, your spouse/support person and parents are welcome to visit at any time. It is expected that visitors be quiet and refrain from congregating in the halls. A spouse or support person may spend the night with you. Please keep in mind that a physician or nurse may ask visitors to leave the patient room in case of any emergency or during tests and treatments.
After Your Baby is Born
Making sure your baby gets off to a good start in life is important. The first few hours after birth may seem busy.
After delivery, your baby will have a physical assessment which includes a hearing screening. This is often completed in the labor suite at your bedside. The assessment consists of obtaining weight, length and vital signs as well as checking the baby’s blood sugar and administering vitamin K. These are all routine procedures.
After the baby has been bathed, dressed and tucked into a bassinet, they can be with you as much as you desire. We ask that the baby is placed in the bassinet for transport to and from the nursery. This is for the baby’s safety. Another safety measure, and one you will want to continue at home, is to always place your baby on his/her back when unattended. Your new infant is weighed each morning during your stay.
The physician will normally make rounds once daily in the morning and you may want to discuss the option of circumcision. If you choose to have your baby circumcised, you will be asked to sign a consent form. Your physician will perform the circumcision on the first or second day after birth. You will be taught how to care for the type of circumcision your baby receives.
Preventing infections is a top priority. We encourage you to wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before touching your baby. Please encourage your family and friends to do the same.
As our guest, the birthing center staff will watch your newborn so you can enjoy a complimentary, candlelight dinner. We are pleased you have chosen our facility and hope this dinner expresses our appreciation for choosing us as well as providing a special time for you as new parents.
A Birth Certificate will be completed within 24-36 hours following delivery of your baby. Our birth registrar’s will assist you with completing the birth certificate.
Clay County Medical Center is a smoke-free healthcare facility. Our smoke-free policy prohibits smoking within the hospital and on the hospital grounds.
Clay County Medical Center's newborn baby photo program includes a free packet of printed photos. As a parent, you can choose to post your baby's photo on our website and internal Baby's Board.