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Delivering joy.

Having a baby is one of the most significant events in life, and we’re delighted to be a part of this exciting time with you and your family. At the Women’s Medical Center at Brookwood Baptist, our goal is to provide high-quality care and services, specially designed for you and your newborn.

Before your baby is born, we encourage you to learn about birthing and parenting experiences. We offer a variety of prenatal education classes, programs, and services that aim to help you feel prepared and informed about becoming a parent. From education to our exclusive amenities, it’s all designed to support you on your journey to motherhood.

Please read the following information about the classes and services we offer. Once you’ve decided which ones are right for you, you can register or find out more by calling 844-367-0045 or visiting www.brookwoodwomensmedicalcenter.com.

Amenities

  • Private suites provide ample sleeping space for a support person
  • Dedicated water-labor suite and other amenities designed to facilitate natural child-birthing plans
  • Perinatal Unit with private suites provides specialized care for high-risk pregnancies
  • Private NICU rooms with 24/7 visitation and mounted NICView™ cameras to view baby remotely
  • Rooming-in allows mother and baby to bond and establish consistent feeding patterns. Our well-baby nursery is available when there is a need.
  • Children’s playrooms and family lounges
  • Flat-screen TVs and access to an electronic patient education library in each room
  • Cord blood donation allows mothers to provide stem cell transplants to a patient whose life depends on it.
  • Free Wi-fi
  • Patient room service (during certain hours)
  • New, upgraded towels and washcloths
  • Complimentary partner meals when mom dines
  • Bidets in every suite minimize postpartum discomfort.

Women’s Medical Centerat Brookwood Baptist

2010 Brookwood Medical Center Drive
Birmingham, Alabama 35209
844-367-0045
www.brookwoodwomensmedicalcenter.com

New – Support Person Meals

After you’ve had your baby, your new family will share many special moments together. But it can be tough to enjoy those moments if every time dinner rolls around, your husband, partner, or support person has to go find something to eat. That’s why we’re now offering three meals a day for your support person too. Spend less time running out for food, and more time with family.

New – The Birth Day Box

The day you bring a new life into this world is a day worth celebrating. So we’re introducing a new, free gift box for new moms and families called the Birth Day Box. It contains a lot of fun little surprises for mom, baby, and the whole family.

New – Partnerships for New Moms

We’re proud to have developed a number of partnerships with local businesses that are all designed to make life a little easier, so you can spend more time enjoying it with your new family. You can ask us about these new partnerships, which include everything from grocery delivery to discounts from local merchants when you meet with your Birth Navigator.

New – Happy Bag

Searching for the perfect gift for the new mom in your life? Let us help you customize a gift bag just for her. Browse our curated selection of gifts for the perfect push present, and arrange to have it delivered directly to her room. You can shop online at www.brookwoodwomensmedicalcenter.com or call 205.877.2000 to work with our gift bag stylist.

New – Pop-Up Shop for New Moms

Our hospital gift shop is full of great gifts for new moms and babies, but we’ve also chosen a special selection with some of our favorite items to make shopping easier for friends and family. Look for the new pop-up shop in our Women’s Center lobby.

 

Introducing our Birth Navigator service.

Meet your personal guide for your journey to motherhood.

When you’re pregnant, you know you have a lot of really special moments ahead of you. But you also know there’s a lot to do between now and the big day. That’s why we’re proud to introduce our free Birth Navigator service, designed to help you plan for the next few months. When you meet with your Birth Navigator, she will:

  • Assess your personal pregnancy needs
  • Help acquaint you with all our prenatal services
  • Provide information about breastfeeding and other healthy behaviors
  • Discuss labor options and birth preferences
  • Assist in selecting classes/groups based on your needs
  • Provide a guided tour of our facilitySign
     

Sign up for your one-on-one Birth Navigator Session at www.brookwoodwomensmedicalcenter.com or by calling 844-367-0045.

Birth Navigator Suite
The Women’s Medical Center at Brookwood Baptist
6th floor of Women’s Medical Center/Building A
Suite 602

Please note:
Your visit with the Birth Navigator should be planned between the 22nd and 27th gestational weeks.

New at the Women’s Medical Center at Brookwood Baptist.

NEW – Let's Talk About Multiples: Birth Navigator Service

Meet your personal guide for your journey to motherhood... FOR MULTIPLES! At Brookwood Baptist, we are proud to now offer a free service for families expecting twins, triplets, and more! When you’re pregnant with more than one baby, you know you have a lot of really special moments ahead of you. But you also know there’s a lot to learn between now and the big day. That’s why we’re excited to introduce our free Multiples Birth Navigator service, designed to help you plan for the next few months. In your Let’s Talk about Multiples Birth Navigator session, an experienced multiple birth educator will:

  • Offer an individualized session according to your schedule to assess yourpersonal pregnancy needs
  • Discuss ways to have a healthy multiple pregnancy, including nutritionand activity
  • Answer questions about common concerns and complications withmultiples
  • Discuss your labor and birth options and preferences
  • Help you plan for life at home with more than one baby, including safesleep and essential equipment
  • Provide information about breastfeeding multiple babies
  • Assist in selecting classes/groups based on your needs
  • Provide a guided tour of our facility, including the NICU

Education + Tours

Other Services

Classes

Call 844-367-0045 to register for all of the classes and tours you would like to take. Brookwood representatives will provide you with dates, times, locations, and fees of classes, as well as answer any questions you may have. You may register for some of the classes and tours through iChooseB.com.

  • Parents should register in the fourth or fifth month of pregnancy for all classes. For the Let's Talk About Multiples class, plan your visit with the Multiples Birth Navigator as early as the beginning of the second trimester, around 18 to 22 weeks.
  • Plan to attend classes around the seventh month of pregnancy if possible.
  • Classes may be subject to cancellation based on registration levels.

Joint Commission Perinatal Care Certification

We are the proud recipients of Alabama’s only Joint Commission Perinatal Care Certification, which demonstrates our commitment on achieving integrated, coordinated, patient-centered care for our mothers & babies. This certification is a recognition of the measures we take in an effort to reduce:

  • Infant mortality rates
  • Maternal complications and mortality
  • Unnecessary induction of labor
  • Elective deliveries that can lead to an increase in NICU admission rates
  • Complication of deliveries
  • Prematurity rates that can lead to infant mortality
  • Costs associated with lengthy hospital stays due to pregnancy-related complications

Finding Your Way Around Brookwood

If you’re sending a patient to the campus of Brookwood Baptist Medical Center for a physician visit or other outpatient service, use this handy reference guide to give instructions for parking tips, directions and ease of access.

MAIN HOSPITAL
2010 Brookwood Medical Center Drive
  • Outpatient Registration for Diagnostics
  • GI Lab
  • Surgery
PARKING TIPS – Navigate to the Visitor’s Parking Deck and park in the ORANGE section. Use Skywalk B located on Level 3 of the deck to access the hospital. Pass the Emergency Department and follow the hallway to the Medical Office B. Follow the hospital signs to navigate to the main hospital.

PAYMENT OPTIONS – A paystation is located at the skywalk elevator and at the exit gate. A paystation is also located in the main lobby, next to the Wells Fargo ATM (credit/debit).
WOMEN’S MEDICAL OFFICES (previously Women’s Medical Plaza)
2006 Brookwood Medical Center Drive
  • Physician offices
  • Women’s Diagnostic Center (1st Floor)
  • Women’s Pre-Admission Testing (5th Floor)
PARKING TIPS – Navigate to the Visitor’s Parking Deck and park in the YELLOW section. Use Skywalk A and follow the hallway to the elevator lobby.

PAYMENT OPTIONS – A paystation is located at the skywalk’s elevator as well as the exit gate.
MEDICAL OFFICE B (previously Ambulatory Care Center)
2022 Brookwood Medical Center Drive
  • Physician offices
  • Cardiac Cath Lab Admitting (3rd floor)
  • Lab Corp Patient Service Center (4th floor)
  • Quest Diagnostics (4th floor)
PARKING TIPS – Navigate to the Visitor’s Parking Deck and park in the ORANGE section. Use Skywalk B on Level 3 of the deck to access the hospital. Pass the Emergency Department and follow the hallway to Medical Office B.

PAYMENT OPTIONS – A paystation is located at the skywalk elevator. Paystations are also available at the exit gate.
MEDICAL OFFICE C (previously Professional Office Building)
2018 Brookwood Medical Center Drive
  • Physician offices
  • Alabama Digestive Health & Endoscopy Center (ADHEC)
  • Pre-Admission Testing (2nd floor)
PARKING TIPS – Navigate to the Visitor’s Parking Deck and park in the BLUE section. Use Skywalk C located on Level 2 of the deck to access Medical Office C.

For ADHEC and Pre-Admission Testing patients, park in the Medical Office C parking lot.

PAYMENT OPTIONS – A paystation is located at the skywalk elevator and at both exit gates. A paystation is also located in the main lobby, next to the Wells Fargo ATM.
MEDICAL OFFICE D (previously Brookwood Medical Plaza)
513 Brookwood Boulevard
  • Physician offices
  • Brookwood Diagnostic Center (1st floor)
  • Surgical Weight Loss Suite (3rd Floor)
  • Pain Management Center (1st floor)
  • Wound Care & Amputation Prevention (5th Floor)
  • Quest Diagnostics (5th Floor)
PARKING TIPS – Park in the Medical Office D parking deck on Brookwood Boulevard (across from Target). Use parking deck elevators to enter main lobby of building.

PAYMENT OPTIONS – A paystation is located on the first floor of the lobby and at the exit gate.

Cash is not accepted at exit gate.


Valet parking is available at the drop off areas in front of the Women’s Medical Offices and the Medical Office B.

Meet the OB/GYN Hospitalists

Craig Tilghman, MD
  • Team Lead, OB/GYN
Photo of Craig Tilghman, MD
Mary Corley, MD
  • OB/GYN
Photo of Mary Corley, MD
Elizabeth Kim, MD
  • OB/GYN
Photo of Elizabeth Kim, MD
Gary Pugh, MD
  • OB/GYN
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How an OB/GYN Hospitalist Program benefits you, the patient

 

Brookwood Baptist Medical Center is pleased to introduce the OB/GYN hospitalist program that allows hospital-based, OB/GYN physicians (hospitalists) to focus on providing consistent care to patients in the hospital, as well as emergent care to those arriving in Labor and Delivery.

To support this initiative, Brookwood Baptist Medical Center is partnering with OB Hospitalist Group (OBHG), a network comprised of dedicated, board-certified OB/GYN hospitalists.

Our shared mission is to elevate the standard of women’s healthcare by ensuring every expectant mother is evaluated and treated by a physician regardless of time, location, complication or circumstance.

Program Advantages

OB/GYN Physician Availability

  • Board Certified, OB/GYN hospitalists are immediately available on-site 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • In the event your physician is not available, OB/GYN hospitalists can examine you, evaluate the progress of your labor, review test results and fetal heart rate tracings. They will address any evolving issues and provide you and your baby with a safe delivery.
  • Due to their primary focus of hospital-based treatment, hospitalists are experts at providing emergent care and are on-site if an emergency occurs.
  • Our hospitalists will be in communication with your physician and will have access to your prior medical records.

Highly Skilled

  • If your physician is unavailable or delayed reaching the hospital, a Board Certified OB/GYN hospitalist can provide medical expertise and optimal patient care, as well as answer any questions you or your family may have.
  • Our hospitalists are highly skilled in a variety of different delivery techniques.
  • In addition to being board certified, our hospitalists are required to maintain high levels of clinical performance and professional standards.

Communication

  • Hospitalists place a high value on maintaining communication with other professionals within the hospital including your physician, medical and surgical consultants, discharge planners, social workers, clergy and others.
  • OB/GYN hospitalists can expedite care for you and can easily facilitate connections with providers of home health care, skilled nursing, specialized rehabilitation and others.
  • Being hospital-based, the OB/GYN hospitalists will always be on-site to visit you, monitor progress or discuss your questions/concerns or those of your family.

 

The Best for You and Your Baby

You want the best care for you and your baby. And so do we. Your physician will make sure the OB/GYN hospitalist on-site has your complete medical records. The OB/GYN hospitalist caring for you in your doctor’s absence will deliver a complete treatment report to your doctor so your continued treatment is thorough and consistent. Brookwood Baptist Medical Center is committed to providing excellent patient care and delivering the best outcome possible with every patient encounter. The OBHG hospitalist program is a key component in elevating the standard of women’s healthcare and increasing patient safety and satisfaction of women, newborns and their families.

EXCLUSIVELY BREASTFEEDING YOUR BABY

Your body is amazing! During the third or fourth month of pregnancy, your body will begin to produce colostrum to prepare to feed your baby. This substance is filled with large amounts of protective antibodies, nature’s own vaccine. After your baby arrives, mature breast milk, packed with nutrients, will begin to fill your breasts. Over time, as your baby changes and grows, this milk will also change in order to give your baby exactly what he or she needs to develop. Experts agree that breast milk, specifically your breast milk, is the very best for your baby.

POSITION POINTS FOR A GOOD LATCH

  • The baby’s head should be straight on theshoulders and slightly tipped back.
  • Once latched, the baby’s chin should indentthe breast.
  • Both of the baby’s cheeks should touch thebreast equally and be so close that you can’tsee the corners of the baby’s mouth.

+BREASTFEEDING DURING YOUR HOSPITAL STAY

  • Begin breastfeeding as soon as possible after delivery.
  • Hold your baby skin-to-skin as often as possible. This helps momknow when baby is ready to nurse.
  • When doing skin-to-skin, coveryour baby with blankets for warmth.
  • Feed at early signs of hunger: hands to mouth, lickinglips, or turning head with open mouth. Crying is a late sign ofhunger.
  • If no hunger cues are given within three to four hours, attempt toarouse your baby.
  • Place your baby skin-to-skin under blankets and continue to watchfor hunger cues.
  • If after 15–20 minutes your baby is still too sleepy to nurse,remove the blankets for one to two minutes while you gentlystroke baby’s skin from head to toe.
  • Hold your baby under his or her arms to allow feet to dangle whileyou slowly tip baby side to side.
  • Put your baby in a breastfeeding position, stroke your baby’s lipsand attempt a feeding, even if your baby seems too sleepy.
  • There are no set number of times baby should nurse in the first 24to 48 hours. It’s important to give baby at least eight opportunitiesto nurse in a 24-hour period.
  • Ask your nurse for assistance if you are unsure if your baby islatching well or if your baby’s latch is causing pain.

+ BREASTFEEDING DIARY

Follow your baby’s progress. The numbers in parenthesis indicate the fewest recommended number.

DAY 1DAY 2DAY 3DAY 4DAY 5DAY 6DAY 7
WET DIAPERS(1)(2)(3)(4)(6)(6)(6)
SOILED DIAPERS(1)(1)(1)(2)(4)(4)(4)
FEEDINGS  (8-12)(8-12)(8-12)(8-12)(8-12)
DAY 8DAY 9DAY 10DAY 11DAY 12DAY 13DAY 14
WET DIAPERS(6)(6)(6)(6)(6)(6)(6)
SOILED DIAPERS(4)(4)(4)(4)(4)(4)(4)
FEEDINGS(8-12)(8-12)(8-12)(8-12)(8-12)(8-12)(8-12)
 

Some mothers find the Baby Nursing-Breastfeeding Tracker smartphone app helpful.

PASTEURIZED BREAST MILK*

At some point during your hospitalization, your baby may require additional nutrition to supplement your breast milk. In these cases, we have pasteurized breast milk available for our patients. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agree that exclusive breast milk feeding is best, especially to those born prematurely. To learn more about pasteurized breast milk, please visit the Human Milk Bank Association of North America’s website at www.hmbana.org.

+ Donated Breast Milk Is:

  • Safe
  • Donated by approved, volunteer mothers who are screened and tested
  • Pasteurized and tested in a lab
  • Supplied by milk banks that are certified by theHuman Milk Banking Association of North America
  • Second only to your own breast milk

+ MOTHER CARE WHILE BREASTFEEDING

  • Wash your hands before breastfeeding.
  • Wash your breasts once a day in the shower.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet providing about 500 more calories than your pre-pregnancy diet. All mothers caring for children need to eat well, althoughnot perfectly, every day. Most babies do well with all foods that mothereats. Limit caffeine to one serving each day. Limit alcohol to a small glassof wine or half a serving of most beverages. If you feel the effects ofalcohol, wait three to four hours before breastfeeding again. If you pumpduring that time, discard the milk.
  • Lanolin is helpful if you have sore nipples. Smooth on a small amountafter feedings. It doesn’t have to be washed off before the next feed.
  • Within 72–96 hours after delivery, your breasts may become heavier,fuller, and firmer as milk production increases. Engorgement isprevented by breastfeeding at least 8–12 times each 24 hours during thefirst week and not skipping feedings. Using a warm moist compress forup to five minutes before breastfeeding may help the milk start to flow.Pumping or hand expression right before nursing will soften the areolartissue to allow infant to latch well. Cold compresses after breastfeedingare helpful to reduce swelling, decrease pain, and increase milk flow.If your breasts remain uncomfortable after breastfeeding, you may handexpress just enough milk to be comfortable.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, may help reducediscomfort and inflammation. Follow your physician’s advice when usingthese medications following discharge.
  • Sleep when the baby sleeps.
DAY OF LIFEINFANT AGEAMOUNT OF MILK*
Day 1Birth–24 hours5–10 ml (approx. 1 teaspoon)
Day 224–48 hours10–15 ml (approx. 2 teaspoons)
Day 348–72 hours20–30 ml (almost 1 ounce)
Day 472–96 hours30–40 ml (almost 1.5 ounces)
Day 596–120 hours45–90 ml (1.5–3 ounces)
 

*These sizes are approximations and vary from infant to infant.

+ BREASTFEEDING AFTER THE FIRST DAY

  • Frequent feeds during the first days following birth stimulate your body todevelop a great milk supply. You can’t overfeed a breastfed newborn.
  • Don’t be surprised if, the first several days, your baby feeds morefrequently at night. This is called cluster feeding and is considered normal.
  • Offer both breasts at each feeding and alternate the side you start on.
  • Attempt to burp your baby after each breast, but remember that breastfedbabies don’t always burp.
  • Dress and re-swaddle your baby if you are placing him or her back in thecrib after a feeding or feeding attempt.
  • After discharge, continue to feed often, 8–12 times a day until your milksupply is well established.
  • Count wet and dirty diapers for a few days. By day five expect:
    • At least six wet diapers daily
    • At least four yellow runny diapers daily
  • If diaper counts are low, contact your pediatrician or lactation consultant.A weight check might be recommended.
  • By day five, most babies have stopped losing weight and begingaining about one ounce each day. When your baby is gainingwell, it is not necessary to wake the baby for feedings unlessrecommended by your healthcare provider.

GUIDELINES FOR HAND EXPRESSION

  • Sit up and lean forward.
  • Gently massage both breasts using your hands or a soft baby brush.
  • Place your finger and thumb on opposite sides of the areola and one inch away from the areola.
  • Apply pressure inward; back toward the rib cage (do not stretch the areola tight). Then squeezefingers gently together. Press, compress, relax.
  • Alternate sides, going back and forth from right to left.
  • Breastmilk can be collected in a spoon or small medicine cup. It may take two to five minutes toachieve a letdown and begin to see breastmilk. Continue for about seven to ten minutes.