Labor and Delivery Services

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:

Prepared Childbirth Class

For first-time parents or those wanting more information, topics in this class include:

  • Week 1: Labor and Delivery
  • Week 2: Epidural talk, Tour of Women's Pavilion
  • Week 3: Postpartum care, infant CPR
  • Week 4: Newborn care, Pediatrician visit
  • Week 5: Breastfeeding

Childbirth classes are free and offered on a quarterly basis.

View our Prepared Childbirth Class dates and times.

Breastfeeding Support Group

It is a great opportunity to talk and meet with other moms, check your baby's weight, and meet with our nurses and lactation consultant. The support group is free and open to nursing mothers.

View our Breastfeeding Support Group dates and times.

Breastfeeding Classes

These single session classes cover the basics of breastfeeding, which includes the advantages of breastfeeding, getting off to a good start, troubleshooting, going back to work, using a pump and where to go for additional resources and help.

View our Breastfeeding Classes 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.

Beautiful Beginnings

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 you bond with and breastfeed your baby.

First Hour

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.


  • Breastfeeding

    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.

  • Pain relief

    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.


  • Healing

    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.

  • Better breastfeeding

    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.

Special Circumstances

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.

Lactation Services

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.

Breastfeeding Class

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.

Reservations are requested.

Notice about Pacifiers and Formula

We only have pacifiers available if medically necessary. If you want your baby to have a pacifier, you may bring them from home. Also, if you are breastfeeding, we will not give your baby bottles with formula unless medically necessary.

Do you have any questions about delivering your baby at Baptist North Mississippi?

We've put together a few short videos to address women's most common concerns, including what to bring to the hospital, support for breastfeeding mothers, and the various options for pain control. At Baptist North Mississippi we're willing to go the extra mile to help ensure that you and your family are as secure and comfortable as possible. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 662-232-8100.

Contact Us

Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi

2301 South Lamar
Oxford, MS 38655



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