The care you receive at The Birthplace does not end when you go home with your child. We have a host of resources and support programs available to help you manage the life changes that come with a new child, and ease your concerns about motherhood.
New Mom Education
After your new baby arrives, the nurses on the mother/baby unit will assist you with questions about taking care of your baby. These nurses will go over infant feeding and a range of safety instructions. Before you leave the hospital with your baby, you will get additional instruction on how to take care of yourself, too. Our nursing staff wants to help you feel confident in your new role as a parent before you and your baby go home.
Breastfeeding Support, Education and Supplies
Proper education and a good support system are essential for a positive, rewarding breastfeeding experience. Our breastfeeding class, offered to women delivering at Baptist, is a great place to start. An internationally board-certified lactation consultant will share information, suggestions and tips for breastfeeding, and is available to you as needed after delivery for one-on-one support.
Also, your nurse can provide you with information about medical equipment companies that offer breast pump rentals and other breastfeeding products.
Your role as a parent is just beginning when you leave the hospital. If you have additional questions or need a little extra support during your baby's first few weeks, call the BABY-Line service at 601-355-2229. BABY-Line is answered 24 hours a day by MBMC health care professionals who can give you practical information and advice just when you need it right in your own home. This is a special service exclusively for parents who deliver at MBMC.
Car Seat Safety
As you plan for your baby's arrival, perhaps the most important consideration is how to keep your little one protected. That important job begins when you place your precious infant in the car for the first ride home. In keeping with Mississippi state law, your baby must be placed in an approved, properly-installed infant car seat before leaving the hospital.
Because vehicles and infant car seat styles vary, figuring out how to position and install your infant car seat securely may not be easy. Fortunately, expert help is available. The Jackson metro area has two car seat fitting stations where professionals can teach you how to install your car seat properly. They can also check your already-installed car seat to ensure it is positioned correctly.
Mississippi Child Safety Seat Inspection Stations in the Metro Jackson area
Simply call for an appointment. You are encouraged to learn proper car seat installation BEFORE Mom and baby are discharged from the hospital. Because these fitting stations serve the entire metropolitan area, it's to your advantage to plan well ahead.
Visit the following websites for recommendations for motor vehicle safety: