Here at AMMC Women's Clinic, it has been our mission to not only provide the highest quality medical care for each and every patient, but to offer the guidance and resources they need. That's why we founded Beautiful Beginnings. This program serves as an educational tool for new and expecting mothers to guide them through each stage. Our class addresses everything from how to nurse properly to the immediate care of your infant moments after birth.
At Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, we recognize that childbirth is a special time in a family's life. So, we're bringing together our educators to support you and your family as you prepare for the birth of your new addition. We want your family to have the best childbirth experience possible and to get off to a healthy start by offering Family-Centered Maternity Care. This approach supports your preferences and desires, as well as your physical, emotional, cultural, and educational needs.
Pregnancy and childbirth are natural events, yet most people have questions about the changes they bring. Through Family-Centered Maternity Care, our physicians and their staff, along with our trained childbirth team, will provide guidance for families. From prenatal care, education, labor, birth and newborn care, we want to help moms and dads make informed choices and feel empowered and confident in their new roles.
It is important for moms to feel supported during their pregnancy and hospital visit, so we encourage you to have a support person throughout your pregnancy. Experiences shared during your pregnancy, childbirth, and after your baby arrives are cherished memories. We also invite your support person to stay with your during your postpartum care to share in this extraordinary time in your life. The care and safety of our mothers and babies is a priority, and our dedicated staff will guide you with evidence based practices for safe and sensible care for you and your baby.
Together from the very start. Studies show new moms have greater confidence in their new skills when they spend as much time as possible with their babies after birth. Your time spent with us is a very important time to learn and become familiar with your baby's likes and dislikes, preparing you for their needs once you return home. So from the very start we encourage keeping healthy moms and babies together in the same room. The nurses will provide assistance, education and encouragement as needed.
Breastfeeding has many evidence based benefits for moms and babies. During your hospital stay, our team of nurses and our lactation consultant will help you have a successful breastfeeding experience. Our staff is committed to helping you and your baby establish good feeding habits, whether you are breast or bottle feeding.
After you go home, it is important to follow up with your baby's physician as instructed. For mom, follow up with your OB/GYN for any questions or concerns you may have related to your delivery and recovery. If you choose to breastfeed, our lactation consultant will follow up with you to make sure nursing is going well and to answer and questions. AMMC Outpatient Lactation Services are also available.
Through Family-Centered Maternity Care, we hope to have a positive impact on your family's well-being. If you have any questions, please call 870-239-7013.
This class helps ease the transition to parenthood for expectant mothers, their partner and other family members. Topics include changes in early and mid-pregnancy, healthy lifestyle, coping with the discomforts of pregnancy, work-related issues, warning signs and other information to help you have a safe, healthy and worry-free pregnancy.
The childbirth class series provides detailed information about late pregnancy, preparing for labor and birth, how to know if you're in labor, the process of labor and birth, comfort measures, Lamaze techniques (relaxation and breathing), importance of early skin-to-skin contact, medications, anesthesia, newborn characteristics, and postpartum care while rooming in with your baby. A tour of labor and delivery and the mother/baby unit is included.
In this class, the importance of breastfeeding, breast preparation, feeding techniques and positioning options for mother and baby will be discussed. Tips on hand expression, breast pumps, collecting and storing milk, and breastfeeding after you have returned to work will be provided.
This class offers education on safety for your infant including car seat safety, childproofing your home and crib safety as well as infant CPR.