Labor, Delivery & Recovery Rooms
At Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center, our goal is to enrich the birth experience for you and your family. Our ten (10) private Labor, Delivery & Recovery rooms offer a safe and supportive environment with a warm, homey décor. We welcome your family and friends to share this exciting event with you, as we believe that childbirth is a family affair. At the same time, we value your privacy and do all we can to ensure your comfort and ease your transition into motherhood.
Family and friends are an important part of your new baby’s life. We kindly ask that patients and visitors follow hospital rules in regards to visitation. Visiting hours are posted throughout the Women’s Center. This ensures that our staff can give you and your baby the best possible care.
A comfortable waiting room is available for family and friends of laboring mothers. We encourage you or your support person to call and update your family and friends often, as phone calls cannot be transferred into maternity rooms.
Your support person and up to two significant others may be present for vaginal deliveries. Other visitors will be limited based on current or seasonal restrictions. Children, siblings, and other visitors are allowed in patient rooms at the judgment of the physician. Please remember that the number of visitors during any situation may be limited by the physician or nursing staff based on a patient’s condition.
One (1) support person may be present and will be required to wear appropriate surgical apparel and to sit by anesthesia. In case of an emergency, the support person will be asked to wait outside the operating room suites.
A newborn’s immune system is immature. For this reason, we ask that visitors wash their hands before holding your baby. If your family and friends are sick, please ask them not to visit until they are healthy. You can help limit your baby’s exposure to disease by asking family and friends to make child care arrangements before visiting you, as young children tend to be sick more often than adults.
Handheld photography is allowed for vaginal deliveries with prior approval from the physician. In the event it becomes necessary and the medical/nursing staff requests, photography will cease until after delivery. No videotaping is allowed during cesarean sections.
The Women’s Center at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center employs a Certified Lactation Consultant who can provide information and assistance with regards to the proper care and feeding of your newborn. Please call 850-747-7898 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Your Baby’s Doctor
Your obstetrician or family practice physician has taken care of you and your baby for the last nine months, but now your baby will need a doctor of his or her own. Many mothers choose their pediatrician and schedule an office before the child is born to discuss their medical history and neonatal care. Your baby’s doctor will examine the baby within a few hours of birth to discuss baby care and schedule his or her first office visit. Contact our physician referral line at (850) 747-3600 for assistance in finding a doctor.
Parents of baby boys often choose to have their sons circumcised before they leave the hospital. Please discuss this procedure with your doctor to learn about the advantages, disadvantages and cost.
We provide the specialized expertise of a comprehensive pediatrics team. With the area’s only designated Pediatric ER, plus a 21-bed Pediatric Specialty Unit, Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center is prepared to treat the emergency health care needs of infants, children and adolescents.