Labor and Delivery



Melham Medical Center knows that the birth of every baby, and the needs of every family are special and unique. Because of this, we want every birth to reflect your personal needs and preferences. With state-of-the-art technology and our exceptional, caring staff we look forward to sharing one of the most joyous experiences in a lifetime ... the birth of your baby.

Visitors and Guests

Early in labor, you may enjoy visitors, although we encourage you to keep the visits brief. As your labor progresses, it is important to have an atmosphere that encourages relaxation and concentration.

Family and friends will feel at home in our comfortable Waiting Room. Located just down the hall from the delivery rooms, the Waiting Room offers a great place to wait for the arrival of your newest family member. There are also a variety of books, toys and a TV to help keep big brother or sister entertained.

We encourage the father to be present during labor and delivery. The father's role is important for two reasons: 1) to provide you with encouragement and support, and 2) to facilitate bonding with the baby.

During a C-Section, whether scheduled or not, only the father of the child is allowed in surgery.

Visitors may be in the room with the baby, but we encourage hand washing before handling your baby. Visitors are also asked to use good judgement if they have colds or are not feeling well.

There may be times when the nursing staff encourages visitors to step out in order to allow for periods of rest or education for the parents. If the mother wants to have phone calls held and visitors restricted, the nurses will support these requests.

For more information on visiting a patient at Melham Medical Center, please visit the Visitor's Guide.

Rooming In

If this is your first baby, the nurses will encourage you to "room-in" by keeping your baby in your room. Rooming-in allows you to become comfortable with recognizing your baby's feeding cues and with unfamiliar procedures while the nursing staff is at hand.

It is your choice to have your baby returned to the nursery so you can rest or take a walk. Please contact the nurses station for assistance.


Services offered for you and your baby before, during, & after delivery

  • Childbirth Classes
  • Homey, Comfortable Labor Rooms
  • Modern Nursery
  • Newborn Care Training
  • Baby Hearing Tests
  • Informative DVDs
  • Newborn Information Packets
  • Postpartum Follow-up & Phone Calls

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