Every day is Mother’s Day at the Stafford New Life Center
SARANAC LAKE – With personalized one-on-one care and a complete range of services for expecting mothers and newborns, every day is Mother’s Day at Adirondack Health’s Stafford New Life Center.
From childbirth classes, labor pain management strategies, assistance with breast and bottle feeding, courses in infant first aid and safety, to follow-up care phone calls from the nursing staff after families return home, the goal is to provide exceptional care for women and their babies.
“There are few experiences in life more precious than the birth of a child,” said Linda McClarigan, Chief Nursing Office at Adirondack Health. “Adirondack Health not only offers a wide range of services to prepare parents for childbirth, we pride ourselves on being able to offer personalized, one-on-one care when it is time to bring a new baby into the world.”
Childbirth classes are offered during pregnancy and cover labor, delivery, breastfeeding and what to expect after delivery. The Stafford New Life Center has three private birthing rooms, where an expecting mother both labors and delivers in the same suite. With 24-hour rooming-in, mothers and newborns remain together for important bonding and feeding time. After delivery, nursing staff readily provide guidance for bathing, changing, proper infant sleep positions and help in breastfeeding, including lactation lessons and support.
For most pregnant women, the pain of labor and delivery may be one of the things they worry about. It’s possible to have labor with relatively little pain, and having a pain management strategy helps women stay calm during childbirth. There are a range of options available for pain relief during labor at Adirondack Health, including epidurals, regional anesthesia, intravenous (IV) pain medication, breathing and relaxation techniques taught in childbirth classes, and laboring in the Jacuzzi tubs located in the delivery rooms.
‘My nurse Gigi never left my bedside’
Brittany Patton, who gave birth to her third child at the Stafford New Life Center last week, had researched her options and chose an epidural for her pain management. An anesthesiologist administered the epidural into her lower back to numb pain receptors, which allowed Ms. Patton to be comfortable and fully awake during labor and delivery. Within 20 minutes after her epidural was in place, she was able to stop concentrating on the pain and be more present for the birth of her son.
“Once I received the epidural, I was able to focus on the good part of giving birth,” she said. “The baby and I were closely monitored; my nurse Gigi, never left my bedside.” Though her labor was sudden and hard, the epidural allowed her to feel the pressure of her contractions without the pain, and she was able to enjoy the moment she and Nicholas Babbie welcomed their son, Jayse Nicholas to the world.
Beginning in June, the Stafford New Life Center will have specific lactation clinic hours for any mother seeking help with breastfeeding. Breastfeeding has proven benefits across the lifespan of both mothers and children.
Mothers who breastfeed their children are less likely to develop osteoporosis later in life, are able to lose weight gained during pregnancy more easily and have a lower risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer. Breast-fed children are more resistant to disease and infection early in life than formula-fed children, and are less likely to contract a number of diseases later in life, including juvenile diabetes, multiple sclerosis, heart disease and cancer before the age of 15. The Stafford New Life Center’s lactation clinic will be staffed by a board certified lactation consultant.
Focused on providing a positive birth experience in a joyful, healthy, safe and relaxing environment, the staff of the Stafford New Life Center is dedicated to caring for mothers and their newborns. To learn more about the Stafford New Life Center at Adirondack Health, click here.
Nicholas Babbie and Brittney Patton proudly pose with their newborn son Jayse Nicholas, born April 27, 2015 at Adirondack Health’s Stafford New Life Center.