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Obstetrics & Women’s Health

Family-Friendly Professionals on Staff 24/7

The Obstetrics & Women’s Health Clinic strives to provide a patient- and family-centered environment for the birthing mother and family as they welcome the birth of a new loved one. Our friendly and caring nurses are here to support and assist each patient through an individualized birthing process. Our welcoming unit features all-private and spacious rooms, in which our patients and their families can relax and recover in comfort. Our staff's priority is to care for you and your newborn all while keeping this unit a secure environment and family-centered space.

The choice of care options for the mother includes a variety of services. These include a natural birth, pain control and epidurals which are available to those who want them 24 hours a day, and surgical intervention as needed. We have a certified lactation counselor available for anyone needing breastfeeding assistance. Childbirth classes are offered for the preparation of the birth. Other referrals can be made for community services when discharged.

Prenatal Classes

Before the birth of your baby, Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County offers prenatal classes every other month. Topics covered include:

  • Child birth preparation: Various comfort techniques, stages of labor, tools to help you achieve your ideal birth experience
  • Breastfeeding preparation: Taught by two Certified Lactation Counselors, tools and tricks for a successful experience
  • Bringing home mom and baby: Newborn care and postpartum care. The goal is to feel prepared to care for mom and baby.

To register or to find out more, call (307) 352- 8340.

What to bring to the hospital

Here is a list of items we recommend bringing when you come in for delivery:

  • Insurance information, ID both mom and dad for the birth certificate
  • Toiletries and cosmetics
  • Phone and phone charger
  • Bed pillows and blankets
  • Warm socks
  • Lotion/oil for massages
  • Back massager
  • Nursing bras/pads
  • Comfortable panties, pads or Depends
  • Comfortable, loose fitting clothes to wear home
  • Camera and video camera (extra batteries or chargers)
  • Books, Magazines
  • iPod/tablet/iPad/laptop
  • Extra bag to carry gifts home

For baby:

  • Infant car seat, installed correctly
  • Sweater/hat/blankets for baby in case the weather is cold at discharge
  • Outfit for baby to go home in
  • Undershirt/sleeper

During your stay

We want you to feel comfortable and at ease during your stay. We offer a variety of pain control methods and encourage you to discuss these with your doctor before labor. Along with natural childbirth, we offer:

  • Medications: Can be delivered as an injection or through an existing IV line, these medications are standard for pain, providing sufficient pain relief for many women with minimal risk to both mother and baby. Doses are limited during labor and delivery to avoid affecting the baby at birth.
  • Epidurals: An epidural is a procedure that is performed by an Anesthesiologist and are available 24/7 at Memorial Hospital. They involve the use of a local anesthetic administered through a catheter in the epidural space in your lower back, just next to the spine. An epidural provides significant pain relief while allowing you to remain awake and able to participate in the delivery process. Side effects may include low blood pressure, nausea and dizziness.
  • Intrathecal: An intrathecal is a local anesthetic injected into the spinal fluid through your back. Pain relief is substantial during early labor but may not be as effective as labor progresses. Side effects may include itching, nausea and difficulty urinating.
  • Other options you can try include massage, counter pressure during contractions, music, distraction techniques, breathing techniques, Hypnobirthing, etc.

Comfort for spouses/partners

Many spouses wish to spend the night and we are happy to accommodate you. Each room has a pull-out couch and fridge. You may order a guest tray from Mom‘s menu (there is a charge for this, so please consult the menu for instructions), bring food from the cafeteria, or bring in outside food.

Discharge instructions

Your day of discharge will be a busy one. It is typically 24 to 48 hours after delivery but varies with each patient. Here is what to expect prior to leaving the hospital:

  • Your physician will need to see you and write discharge orders for you, while the pediatric hospital will need to see the baby and write discharge orders for the baby. Your nurse will deliver these before you leave.
  • You may need to receive vaccinations such as Tdap, flu, RhoGam and Rubella
  • Your baby will have a blood test called the Newborn Screen (PKU), which is a heel stick. This test is for rare genetic disorders and is required by the state. Sometimes the physician will require other blood tests, such as a test for jaundice or blood sugar, before allowing your baby to go home.
  • Your baby will be screened for cardiac defects at 24 hours of age. This is a simple test done by placing a pulse oximeter (special sticker) on the right hand and right foot of the baby for a few minutes.,
  • Your baby will receive a hearing screen in the nursery and the results will be provided to you.
  • Circumcisions are usually performed the morning of discharge.
  • Depending on the condition of the umbilical cord, your nurse may remove the clamp from the cord.
  • The nurse will check the baby’s identification bands and verify that the numbers match those on your band.

Important reminders

  • Wyoming state law mandates that you must have a car seat and it must be properly installed prior to leaving the hospital. The Rock Springs Fire Department has Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians available to conduct child safety restraint checks and provide installation instruction. To schedule an appointment, please call (307) 352-1475
  • You can choose to have a birth announcement listed in the Rock Springs Rocket-Miner and/or Green River Star. The nursing staff will provide you with a release.
  • Wyoming state law requires birth certificates to be processed within the first few days of your baby’s life. There are three steps to obtaining a birth certificate and social security number for your baby:
  • You will be given a form to request a copy of your baby’s birth certificate.
  • By marking the appropriate box in the form, you can request a Social Security number for your baby. This will be sent to you by the Social Security office.
  • If you have not named your child, the birth certificate information will be processed with the last name of your child only. You will then have to contact the State office with the first name of your baby to receive an official birth certificate as well as the Social Security Office to get a Social Security number for your child.
  • Paternity Affidavits
  • Parents should give their child a surname that the child will use throughout life. A court ruling allows the mother to choose which last name the baby birth certificate displays- the mother’s lasts name or the father’s last name. If it is necessary to change a child’s name within the first year of birth, a court order is required to change the surname. By completing paternity papers, the father has the opportunity to have his name printed on the child’s birth certificate. Paternity papers need to be notarized and a notary is available on the hospital premise.
  • Look into local providers and pick a pediatrician for your baby. Your first visit is typically scheduled 2-3 days after delivery.
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