COVID-19 and Pregnancy - An Update for our Patients
We would like to take this opportunity to update you about your maternity care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and assure you that our dedicated team of expert nurses, physicians and midwives are committed to providing safe and effective care to every patient who walks through our doors.
Taking care of you from pregnancy to delivery
The Family Ties Birthing Center located at Coliseum Medical Centers in Macon, Georgia works closely with your gynecologist/obstetrician to ensure you and your baby have the best experience possible. Our birthing center provides each patient a family-centered childbirth experience and outstanding medical care. From prenatal care to maternal fetal medicine to midwifery, our hospital is a full-service maternity center.
Feel free to call us at (478) 765-4118 if you have any questions.
Family Ties Birthing Center Services
The Family Ties Birthing Center has the resources you need to make your entire pregnancy as easy and comfortable as possible, including:
- Prenatal classes and hospital tours
- Private Labor, Delivery & Recovery (LDR) Suites
- Private Post Partum Rooms
- 24-hour Anesthesia Coverage
- Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
- Neonatologist On-Call 24-Hours a Day
- Lactation Consultant On Staff
- Universal Hearing Screen Program
- Bilirubin Screening
- Web Nursery to View Online
- Birth Plan Generator
- Childbirth Playlist
Giving birth is a unique experience for every woman and our hospital strives to provide exceptional care and a memorable experience. We offer these special amenities:
Birthing Center Amenities
- Free convenient parking
- Gourmet meal for mother and spouse following the birth
- Original lullaby broadcasted on our overhead sound system to announce your baby’s arrival
- Web nursery to view online
- Mom365 photography service
Preparing for delivery
Upon the early signs of pregnancy, we recommend you immediately choose an OBGYN for your maternity care. If you do not have a physician, utilize our Consult-A-Nurse program at (478) 746-4646. Or you can use the Find A Doctor for a local physician or midwife referral. If you choose to deliver at Coliseum Medical Centers, your physician will supply you with a packet of materials about the Family Ties Birthing Center; if you do not receive a packet, please call us at (478) 765-4118.
At Coliseum Medical Centers, we recommend that you pre-register in advance either online or by printing paper work found online and returning it to our admitting office. Questions – call (478) 765-4118, 24-hours a day.
Taught by childbirth educators, our free prenatal classes are held at the hospital and will help guide you towards a healthy pregnancy. These classes address an expectant parent’s questions and concerns about pregnancy, delivery and recovery. Three different classes are offered: Prepared Childbirth, Newborn Care and Breastfeeding. Expectant mothers should register for classes at approximately 28-30 weeks of pregnancy. Classes fill quickly; you can register online or call (478) 746-4646 to register.
Prepared childbirth classes
This class covers all aspects of third trimester pregnancy, labor and delivery and the postpartum period. Educators discuss diet, exercise, relaxation techniques, vaginal delivery, cesarean delivery, medications and medical interventions. The 2½ hour class is held on a Saturday morning.
This two-hour course covers everything you need to know about breastfeeding to help you get off to a good start. Educators will discuss the benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby, how the process of making human milk occurs, behavior of the breastfeeding baby, what to expect in the first few days and weeks after delivery and how to overcome any problems you might encounter. We also discuss breast pumping options and breastfeeding equipment. This class is taught by a Certified Lactation Consultant. Since family support is important to breastfeeding success, dads are encouraged to attend along with grandmothers and friends.
Caring for a new baby can be overwhelming, especially for first-time parents. This two-hour class helps parents understand infant care, including the basics of diapering, bathing and handling as well as deciphering infant behavior. Parenting techniques are discussed in addition to infant temperaments and emotional responses.
Touring the Family Ties Birthing Center
Expectant families are invited to tour the birthing center prior to giving birth. You may call (478)765-4502 to arrange a tour. You may also see our birthing center on this virtual tour.
When a pregnancy becomes what physicians call "high risk," accessing critical health care services is extremely important. Fortunately, the Family Ties Birthing Center at Coliseum Medical Centers can link high-risk obstetrics patients with the right physician, a perinatologist, via an electronic connection. The service, called Maternal Fetal Telemedicine is the use of technology to electronically exchange medical information and provide medical services to patients from a distance. The ultimate goal of telemedicine is to allow patients to receive care close to home, rather than being required to travel. Communication between the specialist and patient is transmitted via secure, high speed telecommunications; the parties can see each other on a video monitor and can interact via speaker.
A maternal fetal medicine consultation may also include an ultrasound. Live ultrasound imaging performed by a certified ultrasonographer during the visit is combined with the live video conference. The patient will see the ultrasound images and the provider as the consultation proceeds. This allows the specialist to point out what is being viewed during the visit and helps provide the patient a better understanding of what is happening with her baby.
Time for baby!
What to pack for your hospital stay
We recommend you pack several weeks prior to your baby’s due date. Leave your valuables, including jewelry, at home.
When you are in labor
If you think you are in labor or if your water breaks or begins to leak, call your doctor. Once directed by your physician, come directly to maternity services at the Family Ties Birthing Center entrance. You will check in at the admissions office and be escorted to the labor and delivery unit.
Scheduled cesarean deliveries
If you have a planned Cesarean delivery, you will be scheduled by appointment with the pre-admission testing department before your admission to the hospital. On the day of delivery, you will be admitted through the Family Ties Birthing Center maternity admissions office.
Family and friends
Your family and friends are invited to wait in the waiting room during this special time. We do limit the visitors in the labor unit for the privacy and safety of all of our patients. Your partner or significant other (1 person) may be present for the delivery. Other visitors will be limited based on current or seasonal restrictions. Children, including siblings, are not allowed in the labor and delivery area during labor and delivery.
After the baby arrives
Bonding with your baby
Those first few moments with your new baby will be precious moments. We will encourage you to hold your baby as soon as possible after delivery. As long as your baby does not need special medical attention, you and your baby will recover in the same labor and delivery room. This recovery time will allow you a chance to breastfeed your baby for the first time if you choose to do so. You will then be will be transferred to a Mother/Baby room for your post-partum care. You will stay in this room until you, your doctor and your insurance provider decide the day you are to be discharged.
As part of our family-centered approach, we offer couplet care for you and your newborn. A dedicated nurse will care for you and your baby in the same room, so you have more time to bond. Our spacious rooms have a telephone, television, storage cabinet, chairs and sleeper couch for your partner or overnight guest.
Your baby will be able to stay in the room with you, with his own bassinet right next to your bed and our staff will help you with any questions or concerns you have about his care.
Breastfeeding your baby
If you choose to breastfeed your baby, we hope you will find breastfeeding to be a happy, rewarding experience. Although breastfeeding is natural, it is not always easy - especially at first. First-time mothers sometimes need help learning about breastfeeding techniques and cues from the baby. Our certified lactation specialist is available to assist you; we have all the tools and education you need to breastfeed successfully and are eager to support you!
Your baby's doctor
Prior to your baby’s birth, you will need to choose a doctor for your child and let us know of that choice when you are admitted. Many doctors require an office visit before the baby is born to discuss your medical history and care for your baby. Your doctor will also examine the baby within a few hours of birth, discuss your baby’s care and let you know when to schedule the next office visit.
Parents of baby boys often choose to have their sons circumcised. You are urged to discuss this procedure with your doctor to learn the advantages and disadvantages, as well as the cost.
Photos of your baby
We know that capturing your childbirth experience and your baby’s first moments are important. Photography/videography are allowed for vaginal deliveries with prior approval from the physician/midwife. However, in the event it becomes necessary and the medical/nursing staff requests, photography and video will cease. No videotaping is allowed during cesarean sections.
After your baby is born, Coliseum Medical Centers offers an opportunity for you to have your newborn photographed through our partner, Mom365. If you choose to use this service, they will take your baby’s unforgettable first portrait and securely post it to a free Baby Portrait Page. Then our moms can share it with their family and friends! Moms can choose to purchase a wide variety of amazing portrait packages, irresistible birth announcements and keepsakes to celebrate the baby.
Your family and friends are an important part of your new baby’s life. We do ask that patients and visitors follow hospital rules in regards to visitation. Visiting hours are posted throughout Family Ties Birthing Center and may include seasonal restrictions. This ensures that our staff can give you and your baby the best possible care.
Safe and secure environment
You can be assured that the Family Ties Birthing Center is safe for you and your baby. We have surveillance cameras throughout the unit and guests must check in before entering. We have also invested in the Hugs® Infant Security System – the world’s number one infant protection system. The Hugs system will protect your newborn starting the moment of birth, ensuring a higher level of safety. A small, tamper-proof tag is placed on the infant immediately after birth. Should an infant be carried toward an exit door, the Hugs system will automatically set off an alarm, activate magnetic door locks and hold selected elevators.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
There are times when infants require intensive care nursing services. Although families may not be prepared for this situation, we are. We provide a level III NICU with a board certified neonatologist to care for infants. Our nursery staff is trained to help families who go through this experience and our services include:
- Transport team available 24 hours to pick up critical and sick babies from other hospitals, including Fairview Park Hospital, our sister HCA facility in Dublin Georgia
- Neonatology coverage 24 hours a day
- Developmental care philosophy utilized
- Lactation consultants on staff to help with breast feeding
- Support services including cardiac, radiology, speech and physical therapy
- Hearing screens
Taking your baby home
Baby's birth certificate
A baby’s birth certificate is their first official document. The Family Ties Birthing Center Admissions Staff will assist parents by completing the application for their newborn’s birth certificate. While in the hospital, parents are contacted by a clerk who gathers required information for the birth certificate. Parents also receive a packet of important information about their baby's birth certificate and Social Security number. For future or additional copies of your baby’s birth certificate, please go online to the State of Georgia vital records website.
By Georgia State Law, all infants are required to ride in a backwards facing, federally approved car seat. You must have one installed in your car for baby’s ride home. For safety reasons, please remember that all infants should ride in the back seat. We ask that you have the car seat properly installed in your car prior to your arrival at the hospital. If you have concerns about the car seats installation, the Bibb County Health Department can provide a car seat safety check. Your baby’s safety is our top priority but our staff cannot install your car seat.
Costs will vary according to the services you receive and the length of your visit. Room charges include the use of hospital equipment, meals, laundry, administrative costs, medical records, housekeeping services and 24-hour nursing care. You will receive separate bills for professional services from the following physicians, if their services were utilized: Anesthesia, Radiology, Pathology, Emergency Medicine, and Neonatology. You and your baby will receive statements and there will also be separate bills from your own doctor, your baby’s doctor and other specialists who may consult on your case. Whenever possible, we make every effort to verify your insurance prior to your hospitalization. Your deductible, copays and coinsurance are due by your eighth month of pregnancy or no later than your delivery date.