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Classes and tours during COVID-19 outbreak

Wondering what to do about prenatal classes while in-person classes can't be held??? We have some FREE wonderful online education for you!!!

Enjoy learning about labor, birth, relaxation/comfort techniques, and breastfeeding, ALL from the comfort of your location (whether that's on your phone, laptop, or tablet). Contact Pam Speight, RN via email or send a Facebook message to Pam Speight so she can send you the links.

You can tour The Birth Place via videos at our Your Pampered Pregnancy page on Facebook.

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.
  • Comfortable furniture for visitors.
  • Large, private bath.

Mother-baby nursing

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.

COVID-19 Visitation Restrictions

Iredell Memorial Hospital allows one designated support person to accompany patients seeking treatment or visit those admitted to the hospital. Visitors are limited to one individual per day, and must abide by the following guidelines:

  • Visitation is open from 8 am to 8 pm daily for patient floors. The Birth Place and Emergency Department are 24 hours.
  • Labor and delivery patients may have one support person with them, but no visitors.
  • Visitors must be age 18 or older.
  • Visitors for hospitalized patients, Imaging Services, inpatient Lab, and the Emergency Department must use the Emergency Department entrance (Entrance E). Visitors accompanying patients in Radiation Therapy, Endoscopy, and the Iredell Heart & Vascular Center should use the Main Entrance (Entrance A).
  • All individuals must sign in before proceeding to the designated area. Registration is required each day and visitors must wear a badge while in the facility.
  • All visitors must wear a mask for the duration of their visit. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own mask.
  • Visitors should remain in the designated area for the duration of their stay.
  • For the safety of patients and staff, permitted visitors are strongly discouraged from switching off with another individual during the duration of the patient’s stay.
  • Patients in isolation, those being treated for COVID-19, or those in the Critical Care Unit may be subject to stricter visitor limitations.
  • Visitors to the Skilled Nursing Facility are required to schedule their visits in advance. To schedule a visit, please call 704-878-7357.
  • Medical Records is currently not open for visitors. All medical records requests should be completed through the Iredell Health System website at iredellhealth.org.
  • We are continually monitoring the pandemic and will continue to alter this policy to protect he health of our community.

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. CLASSES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19.

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.