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Hospital Births

Imagine a place where your birth plan is honored and your body's ability to birth your baby is embraced! You'll find that at The Family Birthplace at Women's Hospital within Greenville Memorial Hospital.

If you choose a hospital delivery, The Family Birthplace offers high-quality, compassionate care in a comfortable family-centered maternity environment. In addition, one of our nurse midwives will be present to assist you during your delivery.

Services available at The Family Birthplace include...

  • Nursing staff trained in family-centered maternity care
  • Non-pharmacologic methods for comfort including birthing balls, showers and birthing tubs
  • Board-certified lactation consultants available 24 hours a day to assist you with breastfeeding
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists available 24/7 for consultation or by referral as needed
  • Bryan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and neonatologists available around the clock
  • Anesthesia service available 24 hours a day should you desire an epidural
  • Mother and baby share a room and are cared for by the same nurse
  • Routine procedures are performed in the room to offer learning experiences for parents

The nurse-midwifes of Greenville Midwifery Care & Birth Center attend hospital births only at Greenville Memorial Hospital located at 701 Grove Road. Learn more about Greenville Memorial Hospital and The Family Birthplace.

A Baby-Friendly Environment

Greenville Memorial Hospital (GMH) has received international recognition as a Baby-Friendly designated birth facility and is among a small number of U.S. hospitals.

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The initiative's goal is to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies through breastfeeding and immediate skin-to-skin bonding.

"We are ecstatic to receive this designation and proud to do our part in improving the health of Upstate families," said Jennifer Hudson, M.D., GHS Medical Director of Newborn Services. "Scientific studies show many benefits of breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact, and we have a responsibility to help families adopt these practices for the healthiest of outcomes."

As a Baby-Friendly hospital, GMH is staffed with lactation consultants who assist mothers in gaining the skills and confidence they need to breastfeed starting with prenatal appointments. These same lactation consultants are available to breastfeeding mothers once the baby arrives. The hospital also has three lactation rooms so patients and visitors can have convenient and private places to breastfeed or pump. Our Women's Boutique is stocked with breastfeeding products and supplies that can be used during and after a hospital birth. The boutique is located in the atrium area of the hospital beside the gift shop.

Other important practices of Baby-Friendly hospitals include encouraging skin-to-skin contact between mothers and newborns and rooming-in. Both practices encourage bonding and improve the newborn's ability to breastfeed. Studies also show that immediate skin-to-skin contact helps newborns maintain their temperature better, normalize heart and breathing rates and reduce their likeliness of crying.

Steps to receiving Baby-Friendly designation include:

  1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
  2. Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
  3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
  5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
  6. Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breastmilk, unless medically indicated.
  7. Practice rooming-in, allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
  8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
  9. Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
  10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.