Maternity

At Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, having a baby is a family affair. Your support person is welcomed and encouraged to stay with you throughout your labor and delivery, if so desired. Loved ones who want to be close by, but not in the room, can relax comfortably in our waiting room.

Our LDRP (labor-delivery-recover-postpartum) rooms are designed to pamper you with comfort and convenience. The home-like bedroom settings contain modern labor beds, wooden cabinets, a TV/VCR, and a soft chair for your support person. State-of-the-art technology is readily available, tucked away out-of-sight, yet easily accessible, if needed. Above all, our experienced, highly trained nurses are dedicated to helping you achieve a safe and positive birthing experience. Even though 574 babies were born at RRH last year, we treat each birth as if it is our first one.

This home setting encourages bonding of mother and child since the baby stays in the same room with its mom from birth to discharge from the hospital. A nurse is assigned to care for both of them. For your baby’s health and safety, and so that you can get your rest, RRH monitors visitors by limiting them to 3 at a time. RRH also has a specialized security and identification system in place to protect your newborn.

The Maternal/Child Nurses are certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP). In addition, the OB nursing staff is certified in Fetal Monitoring. The Newborn Stabilization Unit has the ability to stabilize 2 infants with the necessary Neonatal Cardio-Respiratory Monitors and Radiant Warmers.

The Maternal/Child Licensed staff have been educated in breastfeeding techniques and will be able to help get you off to a good start breastfeeding your baby. A lactation specialist is available to assist with any breastfeeding concerns and follow-up with you after discharge..

To learn more about the services offered at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital for expectant parents, please see our RRH Baby Website.

Obstetrics (OB)

RRH is proud of its labor, delivery, recovery and post partum (LDRP) rooms. The LDRP Suites are decorated in a “home-like” setting which allows the patient to labor, deliver, recover, and bond with the baby in a relaxed atmosphere. OB Services include a low risk nursery, a post partum unit, and four LDRPs. The department is staffed by a team of obstetric nurses certified in fetal monitoring, neonatal resuscitation, and advanced life support. OB encourages a family-centered maternity atmosphere by allowing the mother to directly care for and bond with her baby by permitting the newborn to “room-in”. The baby’s father is also encouraged to participate in nurturing of the baby. In preparing for the birth of your child, why not call the Education Department at 499-3831 to reserve a space in our Childbirth Class?

Visiting hours are between 11am and 8pm unless families desire more quiet time. 

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