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Women and Children - L&D

Women and Children - L&D
 

Naval Hospital Pensacola extends congratulations to you on your pregnancy. We look forward to sharing in this joyous occasion with you and your family before, during and after your labor. The information contained within is for general information. For further information, call the Women and Children’s Department at (850) 505–6789. 
The Labor and Delivery department is located on the 8th Floor of the hospital. It is a combined antepartum, labor and delivery, postpartum and infant care ward. The 8th Floor also includes the Postpartum Care Clinic and Lactation Consultant. The Naval Hospital delivers approximately 500 newborns per year.  Patient and family-centered care concepts coupled with advanced medical technology ensure a safe, comfortable and individualized birth experience.  
Labor, delivery and recovery all take place in a specially designed private birthing room with an inviting, home-like environment. Amenities include a private bathroom (with hair dryer), birthing bed, flat panel television, VCR/DVD, on-demand TV programming, pullout lounger for your support person to stay overnight (Medium size air-mattress welcome) , personal refrigerator and telephone. Two operating rooms are conveniently located within the department for Cesarean deliveries. Likewise, the Women and Children’s floor is fully equipped with an Newborn Security System that will be placed on your babies ankle to monitor his/her location at all times during their stay at NHP. 
We have a liberal visitation policy on the unit and encourage supportive participation. You may have a support person stay with you throughout the labor and delivery. To ensure the safety of other newborns please do not bring ill siblings into the hospital; leave them with a caretaker or relative. 
The ward will provide almost everything you will need during your stay at the hospital. However, the list below will provide you with ideas for additional items of comfort you may want to bring for you and your baby:  
•Additional pillow(s)
•Personal music device
•DVD/VCR videos
•Camera/video camera
•Lollipops/ hard candy
•Snacks, beverages, change for vending machines
•Lip Balm
•Personal hygiene items, hair ties
•2 nightgowns/pajamas
•Bathrobe, socks, slippers                                                                        
•Extra panties
•Supportive bras (if desired) or nursing bras (nursing pads)                    
•Breast feeding support pillow
•Phone numbers list
•Pacifier (if you desire your baby to have a pacifier)
•Baby book.
On the day of discharge, you will need:
•Infant car seat: (a few good car seat websites:  FHP Child seat safety , Child seat FAQ’s and  carsafety.org )
•Clothes/shoes for mom (most likely, you will still have a tummy, so bring your pregnancy clothes)
•Outfit for baby (hat and blankets dependent upon the weather)
•Baby blankets
What to Expect
Your plan of care will be discussed with you by your nurse and midwife or doctor. If you have a birth plan, please be sure to give a copy to your midwife or doctor during a prenatal appointment.  Also bring a copy of your birth plan when you present to labor and delivery for admission so that a copy can be provided to the nursing staff. 
Upon admission to the unit, blood work is drawn and IV access is established. Two monitors will be placed on your abdomen: one to monitor contractions, the other to monitor the baby’s heart rate.  For safety reasons, we ask that you remove all jewelry prior to or once you are admitted to the unit.  Potentially, every mother is at risk for an emergency Caesarean section and if you were to require surgical intervention, the physician may use electricity to stop bleeding. Metal jewelry places you at risk for additional injury.  
Mothers receive instructions on how to care for themselves and their baby. Your hospital stay is typically 48 hours for 1st time mothers and the option of leaving after 24 hours for non-first time mothers. Please keep in mind that this timeline is an estimate and may vary depending on time/type of delivery and your newborns acclimation to their new environment.  
Babies will have their hearing tested, a newborn metabolic screening and bilirubin (jaundice) test while on the unit.  Circumcision is also performed prior to discharge at parent's request. If you wish your baby to be circumcised, or if you have any questions about the procedure, please speak to your baby's doctor.  
After Discharge: Newborn Care Clinic 
The Newborn Care Clinic (NCC) appointment is the baby’s first follow-up. Infants are at risk for feeding difficulties and jaundice during the early days of life. This appointment takes place within 1-3 days after discharge depending on when your baby was discharged.  During your visit, a NCC staff member will evaluate baby. The staff also assists with emotional adjustments to parenthood and will answer any questions you have about yourself or the baby.
The appointment is typically an hour long and is scheduled before you go home by the medical staff of L&D. The clinic is located on the 8th floor, so please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time and check in at the 8East nurses station. Should you have questions they can be reached at (850) 505- 7109. 
Baby's Information
If not initiated prior to admission, a representative will come to your hospital room to give you a birth certificate worksheet. Complete this form and return to the staff as soon as possible. DEERS registry is a separate step and is required before enrolling in TRICARE. Proper registration in DEERS is the key to receiving timely and effective TRICARE benefits.  Please see the information below for further guidance:    
ACTIONS PARENTS MUST TAKE TO ENSURE THEIR CHILD IS REGISTERED IN DEERS AND ENROLLED IN TRICARE PRIME  
Registration in DEERS and enrollment in TRICARE Prime are two separate processes.   
  1.  How do I register my child into DEERS?   
Naval Hospital Pensacola temporarily registers your child in DEERS for 90 days post your child’s date of birth.  You are required to take your child’s Social Security Card and their Florida Birth Certificate to PSD upon receipt for permanent DEERS registration.   
  2. How do I enroll my child into TRICARE Prime?  
To enroll in TRICARE Prime you are required to visit the TRICARE Service Center located on the 1st floor of the Naval Hospital between the hours of 0730-1600 Monday through Friday.  You have 60 days from your child’s date of birth to enroll them in TRICARE PRIME.  If you do not enroll your child into TRICARE PRIME within 60 days of their birth, they will be deemed TRICARE Standard and you could accrue out of pocket expenses. 
Classes Provided by the Perinatal Education Center
 
The classroom is on the 7th floor, West wing of the hospital Room 7038. To schedule: call Central Appointments at (850)505-7171.
 
Childbirth Preparation Class (8-hour class/monthly): Designed for pregnant mothers and designated Labor Support Person in the 7th and 8th month of pregnancy. Information includes: stages of labor, comfort techniques, role of the support person, breathing and relaxation techniques, pain management, C-Section, postpartum care, and what to expect from your newborn. The class is scheduled to include a visit from an OB provider. A tour of the LDRP Suites is included.
 
Breastfeeding Class (3-hour class/twice monthly, daytime or evening): Designed for couples who are interested in learning about breastfeeding. Recommend attending during the sixth month of pregnancy. Information includes: Advantages of breastfeeding, anatomy and physiology of breast-milk production, proper positioning and latch-on, management of breastfeeding problems, pumping, storage of breast milk and strategies for returning to work.
 
 
               

Helpful and Informative Links

Fleet and Family Support Services -New Parent Classes and much more!
Florida Department of Health - Health and Safety Promotion and Protection
Children Do Come with Directions – A Pensacola guide for Parents
Your Baby and You, From Birth to One Year- Visiting Nurse Program presented by Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, and Navy Marine Corps New Parent Support Program. Every effort has been made to provide current, accurate information about caring for you and your baby. However, this booklet is not a substitute for consultation with a health care provider.
Home front - Excellent source of support and advice to active duty parents as well as deployment guidance and information.
 
 
 
[NH Pensacola does not endorse any particular products, treatments, or viewpoints which may be represented by external links. All links are recognized as knowledgeable and creditable. However, they are offered for reference and assistance only. Always consult with your provider in making an informed decision regarding all your healthcare choices.]
 
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