Education and Support
Atrium Medical Center is committed to supporting you and your family throughout your pregnancy and beyond. We offer a variety of education and support programs to help you prepare and care for your growing family.
Childbirth and Family Education
Atrium’s Family Birth Center offers classes that guide you and your family through every phase of the birth process.
We also give you a comprehensive “at home” infant care book to use as a handy reference after you leave the Family Birth Center.
Our physicians at the Family Birth Center answer questions about prenatal care, childbirth, and infant care.
We now offer Bella Baby Photography to all families that deliver in our Family Birth Center.
To view your baby's slideshow, go to the Bella Baby Photography website and enter your password.
To view a slideshow of babies born at Atrium Medical Center, use "atriummc" as the password. If you have problems viewing the slideshow or have questions, please call (888) 414-8854.
Visit the Online Nursery
We support mothers that choose breastfeeding to provide their babies with the best nutrition for growth and development. A full-time, board-certified lactation consultant is available to answer questions and lend support.
Watch the video on breastfeeding or read the transcript.
Breastfeeding is described as the best form of nutrition for infants to grow healthy and strong. It provides frequent skin-to-skin time with mom that is both calming and comforting.
Breastfeeding helps develop the immune system so infants have:
- Less ear infections
- Less severe infections of the intestines
- Less urinary tract infections
- Less respiratory tract infections
- Fewer allergies
- Fewer episodes of diarrhea
Breastfeeding leads to decreased risks later in life:
- Less childhood obesity
- Less diabetes (type 1 and type 2)
- Less asthma
For mothers who breastfeed, benefits include faster recovery (uterus shrinks faster) and:
- Less post-birth bleeding
- Less anemia
- Quicker postpartum weight loss
- Lower rates of osteoporosis, ovarian cancer and breast cancer
The Family Birth Center is the right place for breastfeeding support. We have a full-time International Board Certified Lactation Consultant on staff. The consultant is available to meet with you prior to the birth to answer questions about lactation.
She makes daily rounds on all breastfeeding mothers and their newborns to evaluate feeding and assist in any way to help make breastfeeding successful. Our consultant will also see patients who are experiencing difficulty with feedings in the days and weeks that follow delivery in the outpatient setting at the Atrium Medical Center.
We are fortunate to have an experienced staff to assist mothers with feeding during their hospital stay. The nurses and techs at Family Birth Center are receiving extra education to increase their ability to assist every patient in order to provide mothers and babies with the best care. The consultant teaches the breastfeeding basics in conjunction with the childbirth education classes offered to assist you in preparing for your new edition.
Making sure your baby is sleeping safely during naps and throughout the night is extremely important. By learning and following safe sleep tips, you and those caring for your baby can reduce the risk of Sudden Death Infant Syndrome (SIDS) — a sudden, unexplained death of an infant under age one—and Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID)—deaths caused by suffocation or accidents during sleep.
How can I lower my baby’s risk of SIDS/SUID?
- Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night.
- Place your baby on a firm sleep surface, such as on a safety approved* crib mattress, covered by a fitted sheet. No pillows, quilts, sheepskins or blankets.
- Keep soft objects, toys and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area. No pillow-like bumper pads.
- Do not allow smoking around your baby.
- Keep your baby’s sleep area close to you but separate from where you sleep.
- Think about offering a clean, dry pacifier when placing your baby down to sleep. If you are breastfeeding, wait until your child is one month old or is used to breastfeeding before using a pacifier.
- Do not let your baby overheat during sleep. Keep baby in light sleepwear and a room temperature that is comfortable for an adult.
- Avoid products that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Do not use home monitors to reduce the risk of SIDS.
- To reduce the chance that flat spots will develop on baby’s head, provide “Tummy Time.” When the baby is awake and someone can watch him, place the baby on his or her stomach and allow him to exercise his head, neck and shoulder muscles.
- Don’t let your baby sleep in your bed and don’t fall asleep with baby on a couch or armchair. Make sure to place your baby back in his or her own space following feedings and cuddling.
- Don’t let your baby sleep in a car seat, infant carrier, bouncy seat, swing or other product, and don’t leave your baby unattended using these products.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (11/2005). Safe Sleep for Your Baby. *For crib safety guidelines, contact the Consumer Product Safety Commissioner toll free at (800) 638-2772.
The PIERCE Project
Atrium Medical Center has launched The PIERCE Project, which stands for Protecting Infants Early Reduces Catastrophic Events. The goal of this project is to reduce the risks of sudden infant death by providing consistent, accurate information to health care professionals, childcare providers, families and others involved in the care of infants.
Ask Atrium: Help Ensure a Healthy Pregnancy and Baby
An Atrium physician gives guidance about steps that can help you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Maternal Child Health Center
Atrium’s Maternal Child Health Center provides a wide spectrum of care for women and children.
Fidelity Health Care: Home Care to Help You Transition
Support doesn’t stop when you leave the hospital. Fidelity Health Care provides at-home support for you and your newborn. Registered nurses at Fidelity Health Care are trained in obstetrics and infant care. During their visit, they will carefully assess you and your baby, and answer questions about caring for your newborn. Nurses will also show you how to detect early symptoms of health issues.
- Follow-up visits after delivery and hospital departure
- Follow-up visits for infants discharged from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- Phototherapy light setup (if ordered by a doctor for the treatment of jaundice)
Learn More About Fidelity Health Care
Learn About Childbirth
The Premier Health Library offers a wealth of information about childbirth. Learn about conditions, treatments, how to prepare for a surgery and much more.
Content Updated: February 18, 2015
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