We take a family-focused approach to maternity care.
There is nothing more special than bringing a new life into this world, and we are here to help make the moment as perfect as possible. Our maternity nurses and support staff are dedicated to providing a healthy and caring environment for you and your baby.
When you arrive at the hospital, you will be placed in a special room for your labor, delivery and recovery before being moved to your own private maternity suite for the remainder of your stay. If your baby is delivered by Cesarean section, we have a dedicated C-section suite located right in the maternity unit. The C-section suite is equipped to handle an emergency without having to transfer to another part of the hospital.
If your baby needs extra medical attention, our Level II Nursery is always ready to maintain the health and security of infants with special needs. We also have 24-hour, on-call pediatrician care, and our staff is all neonatal resuscitation certified. Many of our nurses also have additional advanced infant care training. Mothers at special risk for conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and preeclampsia can rest assured that MMH is prepared to provide a safe birthing experience for them, too. In fact, all our nurses are certified in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS).
When you return to your private maternity suite, we suggest you keep your baby in your room as much as possible. Of course, our staff is happy to watch your newborn if you need a break or would like to take a nap. Our staff will provide education on your recovery, as well as show you how to care for your infant so you know what to expect when you get home. Fathers are encouraged to spend the night during your stay, and food trays are available for Dads.
During your pregnancy, we understand that questions and concerns often arise after your doctor’s office is closed. If you have concerns about your pregnancy or would like a tour of our OB unit, feel free to call our staff 24/7 by dialing 812.933.5142.
Our classes cover nutrition, massage, labor, delivery, newborn care and breastfeeding. Click here for a list of 2018 Prenatal Classes or register online. All classes are free.
All other visitors may wait in our waiting lounge until after the baby is born. Siblings of the baby are also welcome, however other visitors must be at least 12 years of age.
Massages are available during pregnancy, during labor and postpartum, depending on the availability of our certified massage therapist. For moms, regular massage can relieve physical symptoms, improve circulation and help with stress. Mothers who are unable to schedule a postpartum massage during their hospital stay may contact our massage therapist upon release to make a later appointment. In addition to providing massages for mom, they can give your newborn a massage and even teach you the basics of infant massage. For babies, massage can help with digestion, build muscle tone, improve circulation and help with relaxation. For more information, call 812.933.3779 or email Carla Stenger.
At Margaret Mary, we highly encourage you to breastfeed and our certified lactation consultants are available for any special questions or needs you may have. To schedule an appointment with a certified lactation consultant, call 812.932.5142 or e-mail Becky Niese.
While in the hospital, you and your baby will wear unique security bracelets, giving our staff the ability to instantly match you to your infant. If your baby is taken anywhere near our unit’s exit doors, the alarm system will be activated.
Margaret Mary Health is a certified car seat safety checkpoint with certified technicians on staff to assist with proper use and installation. To schedule a car seat safety check in advance, call 812.933.5407. Appointments are free and last approximately 30 minutes.
Soon after your baby’s birth, a love story photographer is available to capture the first photos of your newborn in the convenience of your hospital room. To learn more, visit Love Story Photography.
Pregnant women who enroll in the Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program receive counseling support and resources to help them quit smoking. Upon successfully quitting and staying tobacco free, enrolled participants are eligible for free diapers or wipes during the prenatal period and up to 12 months following the birth of their baby.
Women who take part in the program are asked to pledge the following:
- Participate in the four prenatal quit smoking sessions.
- Quit smoking and stay tobacco free during pregnancy.
- Take a monthly breath test to show she is tobacco free.
- Stay smoke free after baby is born to receive a monthly voucher for free diapers or wipes for up to 12 months.
To learn more, or to enroll, call Debbie Gloyd at 812.933.5275.
Looking for an Obstetrician/Gynecologist?
Our OB-GYN specialists are sensitive to the fact that women have different health care needs at every stage of life. That’s why they offer a full range of women’s health services, including:
- Routine pelvic exams and screenings
- Contraceptive counseling
- Prenatal care
- Infertility evaluations
- Menopause treatment