The next best thing to home
When you first arrive at The Birth Place, we think you'll be delighted by the size and homelike atmosphere of your room. And our nurses will do everything possible to make you feel as though you are at home. However, when it's time for your baby to be born, rest assured that we have all of the equipment of a modern delivery room at hand.
We offer a homelike atmosphere:
- Home decor.
- Soft hues of blue and mauve.
- Oak parquet floors.
- Comfortable furniture for visitors.
- Large, private bath.
The nursing staff at The Birth Place supports the mother-baby nursing concept because we believe it best serves the family. Mother-baby nursing means that one nurse will be taking care of you and your baby together. Therefore, when your baby is in your room you have the reassurance that someone will always be available to assist you in caring for the infant. Although we still have nurses who are "specialists" in labor and in the special care nursery, all of our nurses have been specially trained to care for mother and baby throughout their stay.
Having your baby at The Birth Place
In The Birth Place, we bring the staff and equipment to you. It's called the single room concept (LDRP), which means our nine maternity rooms are designed and equipped for the mother to remain in the same room throughout her stay (hence the term LDRP: labor-delivery-recovery-postpartum).
If you think the rooms look too beautiful to function as birthing rooms, we're flattered. But we also want you to feel confident that the decor was not selected at the expense of safety. Hidden away behind the attractive cabinet work in your room are lights and other equipment your physician may need during your baby's birth. The latest technology, including the use of epidural anesthesia, is available to enhance your labor and birth experience in the LDRP room.
We recognize that different families have different needs and understand that some patients want only their immediate family to visit, while others are more open to the number of visitors they have. We encourage you to plan some time during your stay for rest and recovery. Constant visitors can be very tiring for new moms and dads.
We also want you to feel that you and your baby are in a safe environment, which is why we introduced some new visitation guidelines in late 2015. Since that time, we have received feedback from patients that, while many aspects of the guidelines are good, there were a couple of things we needed to reconsider.
In March 2017 we revised our visitation policy in two areas based on input from patients. These guidelines should allow you to have the visitors that you want in a safe environment.
- The number of visitors allowed has increased to eight visitors at a time.
- Children, in addition to the siblings of the baby, are allowed to visit.
You can read our entire policy on our visitation page.
Our goal is for you to remain in the same room throughout your hospital stay. However, if our census exceeds our LDRP room availability, at some point after your baby's birth we may ask you to move to The Birth Place Continued, a wing of comfortable rooms adjacent to The Birth Place. These are slightly smaller rooms that feature the same decor, but are not equipped for labor and birth. You will keep the same nurse.
To learn more about The Birth Place, as well as our services before, during and after your stay at Iredell Memorial, visit Iredell Memorial's Your Pampered Pregnancy on Facebook.
We offer a variety of classes for expectant mothers and new moms, such as childbirth preparation, breastfeeding, newborn care and infant CPR/safety. Our childbirth preparation classes are set up according to your due date and are not listed online, Please call our program office at 704.878.4555 for your class dates and to register.
Check our Calendar of Events page for dates and times of other classes. You can register for those online or call us.
Don't forget to visit Your Pampered Pregnancy on Facebook.
Read the Record & Landmark article Motherhood: It's an adventure, featuring a first-time mom whose baby was born in The Birth Place and her mom, who is a first-time grandmother.