Labor and Delivery Services
We want you and your family to have a positive birth experience at Baptist North Mississippi. Our staff is committed to providing high-quality care. We offer prenatal classes and special programs before and after your baby arrives.
Prenatal Offerings for the Expecting Family
We have designed our prenatal classes to help you and your family prepare for the joys of pregnancy and childbirth. The following classes are offered:
Early Pregnancy Class
Expecting a new baby for the first time is exciting and you want to learn all you can about what to expect. Come share your joy and let us answer some of your questions. We can also give you a few more things to consider during your pregnancy. We recommend that you take this class during your first trimester.
View our Early Pregnancy Class dates and times.
Prepared Childbirth Class
For first-time parents or those wanting more information than the Q&A Refresher class, topics in this class include:
- Delivering at Baptist North Mississippi
- Postpartum care
- Newborn care
- Infant CPR
The sixth month of pregnancy or after is a good time to take these classes.
View our Prepared Childbirth Class dates and times.
Q&A Refresher Class
This class is designed for parents who have already had a baby and want to brush up on a few topics or for those who delivered elsewhere and want to learn more about our hospital.
View our Q&A Refresher Class dates and times.
Sibling Classes are for children 3 years old and older. The class is offered to acquaint children with the hospital and to prepare them to welcome a new baby into their world.
View our Sibling Class dates and times.
All of our classes are free for patients who will deliver at Baptist North Mississippi. Non Baptist North Mississippi patients may call for fee information.
Reservations are requested. If you plan to deliver your baby at another facility but still want to attend our classes, please call 662-232-8478 for fee information.
View the class and event listing for Baptist North Mississippi.
Please discuss your plans for the birth of your baby with your obstetrician, pediatrician and family members. You will want the support of all these people when it comes to having the birth experience you desire.
Upon arrival, please make sure your nurse is made aware of your desires, as well. While you cannot prepare for every possibility, having a plan will ensure your preferences are known and we will make every effort to accommodate your wishes.
Friends and family members play an important role in the big day. However, if you want to experience the greatest benefit from the First Hour, they will need to be aware that visitation will be limited while your bond with and breastfeed you baby.
First Hour is a wonderful opportunity for you and your newborn to spend some quality time, skin-to-skin. After delivery, your infant will be gently dried and then placed on your chest under your gown, wearing nothing but a hat and diaper. Our specially trained nurses will help you position yourself and your baby for comfort and ease of breastfeeding. We will delay any medical tasks until you have had a chance to get to know your new baby. Even if your plan is to feed your baby formula, skin-to-skin care has many other benefits. Even dad can participate in skin-to-skin care if mom doesn't feel up to it or if she is in surgery.
Studies have shown that mothers who participate in skin-to-skin care during the first hour of life have increased milk production and longer duration of breastfeeding. Mothers are more confident in their ability to successfully breastfeed, as well.
Promotion of bonding
When mothers and babies engage during First Hour, it promotes verbal and affectionate interaction. This contact lays the foundation for the mother/baby bond over the years to come.
Studies have shown that painful procedures are less painful if done while baby is benig held skin-to-skin. In fact, babies that have had the opportunity to participate in skin-to-skin care cry less in general – even after discharge from the hospital. (Please note that not all procedures may be able to be done during skin-to-skin.)
Family Quiet Time
Each day, from 1 – 3 p.m., the lights dim and the pace slows down on the mother/baby unit during Family Quiet Time. We know that having a baby is hard work. You deserve some rest, uninterrupted by visitors and staff. Once your initial recovery period is over (usually about 6 hours after delivery), you are eligible for Family Quiet Time. Unless you call the nurses' station with a request, we will leave you alone during these hours. Visitors will be asked to leave a message and return later.
This is a great opportunity to take a nap, breastfeed your baby in peace or just spend some time skin-to-skin bonding with your baby.
Studies have shown that people heal faster and more completely when they receive enough rest. Your body has just gone through a wonderful change and needs to adjust and receive plenty of rest.
Studies have shown that mothers who nap or rest during the day are more likely to be successful at breastfeeding and are less likely to offer formula during the night. Less formula means more breast milk later.
You just feel better
Having a baby changes everything. Emotions and hormones can run high and getting more sleep can help you cope better with your new life.
If your baby is born by Cesarean section, is premature (less than 37 weeks) or has special needs or complications from delivery, skin-to-skin care immediately after birth may not be practical or advised. Please discuss your desire for First Hour with your nurse to determine what is best for you and your baby. We will do our best to coordinate your care to include the First Hour activities so that you and your baby may benefit from it.
Breastfeeding Support Group
This is a great opportunity to talk with our International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, check your baby's weight and meet other new moms.
Breastfeeding Resource Center
As a service to our new breastfeeding moms, we offer follow-up breastfeeding appointments. At the appointment, our lactation consultant will check your baby's weight, allow you to nurse your baby and assist you with any latching issues and then weigh your baby after feeding to determine if your milk supply will meet the growing needs of your baby. Appointments are required and are offered at no cost to our patients.
These classes are offered as part of our Childbirth Series. The Breastfeeding Class can be taken independently of the other classes. You are encouraged to bring anyone who will be supporting your breastfeeding to this important class.
B-L-T: Breastfeeding Lunch Talk
B-L-T luncheons offer various themes and speakers each month. Mothers and fathers, as well as well-behaved older children are welcome.
Reservations are requested.