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Maternal Child Health Services

Your pregnancy and birth is a special occasion for you and your family. During your stay at Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, ensuring the health of you and your new infant is our top priority.

We provide that special touch with state-of-the-art technology and outstanding medical care. Our maternity services offer the most highly qualified, board-certified professionals who are trained in delivering modern and exceptional maternal care. We provide a comfortable waiting room for visitors with open visiting hours, and a Resource Center for visitors in our 1st floor lobby area.

We have 24-hour, in-house coverage from the entire OB team, including obstetric physicians and nurses, anesthesiology, and certified nurse-midwives.

Our specially trained nurses, who are quickly able to recognize any health concerns that may require immediate interventions, will continually monitor you and your baby’s progress. In addition, our nurses provide all moms with the most current guidance and educational materials. We also offer a state-of-the-art infant security system.

Baby-Friendly

Our facility will be designated as a Baby-Friendly hospital, which includes support and encouragement for exclusive breastfeeding, skin-to-skin care (bonding and attachment), and couplet care (“rooming in” for mom and baby to stay together). Everyone on our nursing staff has special training in initiation and duration of breastfeeding and skin-to-skin. All healthy newborn infants will be placed skin-to-skin with mom, uninterrupted, for at least one hour. We also provide a designated quiet time between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to allow moms to breastfeed and bond with their infant.

Why Skin to Skin?

Peer-reviewed research shows that mothers and babies should be together, skin-to-skin (baby naked, not wrapped in a blanket) immediately after birth, as well as later. Skin-to-skin leads to a happier baby, with a more stable and normal body temperature, a more stable and normal breathing rate, and a more elevated blood sugar. Not only that, skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth strengthens the baby’s immune system by allowing the baby to be colonized by the same bacteria as the mother.

Comfortable Birthing Suites

Our birthing suites are large, private rooms with upholstered chairs, wood furniture, and private showers. We also provide a comfortable sleeper chair for your significant other or support person. We offer 6 large Labor Deliver Recover and Postpartum (LDRP) rooms, a state-of-the-art operating Room, and 12 large postpartum rooms. We practice “rooming in” so mom and baby can be together at all times.

Birthing Suites are Family-Centered

When it’s time to welcome your little one into the world, most moms prefer a relaxing, family-centered ambiance rather than a traditional hospital atmosphere. The birthing suites at MLKCH are large, comfortable and designed with family members in mind. Each LDRP room contains a sleeper chair, and each postpartum room includes a pullout couch for your significant other or overnight support person. Moms have the option of staying in one room to labor, deliver, recover and postpartum.

Special Dinner

We want our parents to feel special on this joyous occasion! Mom and significant other will receive a special new birth food tray outfitted with a bottle of sparkling apple cider, flute glasses, flowers and a special dessert.

Maternity Center Tours

MLKCH will hold a monthly baby shower where expectant moms can pre-register, receive information, tour the facility, and participate in a raffle. We also offer individual tours of the unit if needed. Please call 424.338.8617 to request a tour.