At Bolivar Medical Center, we believe that childbirth is a family experience. We make accommodations to be sure the friends and family you'd like to be there can share in the experience.
Remember that labor can be very overwhelming and emotional, and to provide the safest delivery it is best to limit visitors to only those there to provide support. We ask that you choose only two individuals to be present in the actual delivery.
The Women's Care Center Birthing Center permits 24-hour visitation for your primary support people. All other visitors should follow the hospital visitation policy. Your new baby's siblings may visit with an adult. Please let your family know that no other children under 14 years old are allowed in the Birthing Center. This includes babies being held and in strollers. Anyone sick or recently exposed (within the past three weeks) to an infectious disease (such as chicken pox) should not visit the Birthing Center.
Labor and Delivery Room
Home-like birthing rooms are available to you for the labor and birth of your baby. The rooms are equipped with modern monitoring equipment, comfortable furnishings and special beds which convert to accommodate labor, birth and the time right after birth.
No more than two visitors are allowed at a time. The staff may request that fewer visitors stay, depending on the conditions of your baby. Visitors also may be asked to step out if you'd like them to or to provide care.
After Your Baby is Born
Mothers and babies stay together to promote bonding and breastfeeding. This is called "rooming in.” When mothers care for their babies in their room there is less crying, better bonding and better breast milk production. Our nurses assist by facilitating the care given which allow parents to feel confident in caring for their newborn before discharge. Your baby can learn to breastfeed faster and gain weight sooner. Studies show that mothers get more sleep with their baby in the room.
Babies who need medical procedures such as circumcision will leave mom’s room for a short period of time. When you are sleeping, we ask that you put the baby in the crib next to your bed to be safe. Childbirth is a normal healthy life event and we strive to provide you the best possible experience. If you have any questions, please ask the nurse who is caring for you. Rooming-in is just one way of getting to get to know and bond with your baby.
A certified lactation consultant is on staff to assist with your breastfeeding experience. The lactation consultant makes rounds during feeding and is available at other times for questions and consultations.
Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery
Should your infant require more specialized care, our Intensive Care Nursery is staffed by neonatal neonatal nurses.
Incoming and Outgoing Calls
For your convenience, there are phones in the Birthing Suites as well as the Postpartum Rooms. Our staff will get messages to you, however protecting your confidentiality we will not give out information regarding you or your baby. To make outgoing calls, dial 9 and the area code. Regional and long distance calls require a calling card or operator assistance. Public phone are located in the main lobby. We ask that cell phone not be used in the Birthing Center.