Obstetrics

Thank you for choosing Fairchild Medical Center for the delivery of your baby. Childbirth is a very special time, and Fairchild Medical Center’s Obstetrical Department is proud to be a part of your special day. At FMC, we have two modern birthing rooms. These rooms are each equipped with a birthing bed and a neonatal unit for you and your baby’s medical needs. Each tastefully decorated room is equipped with a private bath, CD player, and sleeping facilities for your birthing partner. Each room is individually temperature controlled.

Many women find that water is a wonderful help in labor! Each room has a shower and we also have a whirlpool tub which many find very relaxing. We encourage you to walk to help move labor along or you may want to use the birthing ball. Please, bring your focal point, special music, massage oil… whatever you think might help you relax during your labor.

In addition to these comfort measures, FMC has infant warmers in each room which are equipped with emergency equipment, such as oxygen, should it be needed.

FMC’s newborn nursery provides level one care. This means that our nurses are trained in neonatal care and can provide care for any newborn needing oxygen or IV therapy. We work closely with Rouge Valley Medical Center in Medford, OR should any baby need neonatal intensive care.

We have a tradition at FMC and that is our Celebration Dinner for two. You will have a choice of several entrees as well as sparkling cider to share with a special someone.

Our Labor Nurses are highly skilled, and are required to obtain / maintain the following certifications:

  • Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP)
  • Advanced Fetal Monitoring
  • STABLE (Newborn Transport)

In addition to these requirements, they are trained in all aspects of mother-baby care including labor, delivery, postpartum, breastfeeding and newborn care. We provide professional nursing care with a personal touch in a relaxed, home-like environment!

During your pregnancy, we encourage you to come by and tour our department. Please call ahead to make an appointment as tours are based on staff availability. FMC provides childbirth classes throughout the year. Visit our Childbirth class page for more information.

Shaken Baby Syndrome (also known as Abusive Head Trauma)

Shaken Baby Syndrome occurs when an infant or small child is shaken violently causing the brain to become damaged.  This damage can cause permanent disability or even death.  Babies have weak neck muscles and a comparatively large head.  Shaking a child causes the head to flop back and forth creating a force that sloshes the brain around within the skull (cranium).  This sloshing tears brain tissue and vessels causing brain injury.

Do not ever shake a baby.  If you feel tired or angry and baby is crying, put your baby down and call for help.  Even a single shake can cause permanent damage.

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