COVID-19 and Pregnancy - An Update for our Patients
We would like to take this opportunity to update you about your maternity care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and assure you that our dedicated team of expert nurses, physicians and midwives are committed to providing safe and effective care to every patient who walks through our doors.
Birthing center in Brandon, Florida
The Baby Suites at HCA Florida Brandon Hospital is our full-service labor and delivery unit inside The Women's Center. Our childbirth team is dedicated to providing you and your family focused, compassionate care during your childbirth experience and throughout your postpartum stay.
We care for women experiencing both routine and high-risk pregnancies. Our birthing center is equipped with the technology, resources and expert physicians needed to create an optimal, safe birthing experience.
To learn more about our labor and delivery services, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (813) 653-1065.
Complete childbirth services
We understand the birth of your child is a unique and personal experience that brings joy and marks the beginning of a lifetime of memories. While you are a patient in The Women's Center, your health and the health of your child are our top priorities. We are proud to maintain a highly skilled staff that is prepared to provide excellent care in every delivery scenario, from vaginal birth to cesarean section (C-section).
The Baby Suites feature the following amenities and services:
- Anesthesia providers on-site to deliver pain relief options, including epidurals
- Antepartum unit for high-risk pregnancies
- Childbirth preparation classes
- Dedicated operating room for planned and unplanned C-sections
- Family focused maternity care
- Lactation consultants to assist breastfeeding mothers
- Mother/baby suites for postpartum care
- On-site Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- Private, comfortable rooms for labor, delivery and initial postpartum care
- Remote monitoring capabilities for mother and baby
- Secure unit with advanced safety measures and 24/7 fetal monitoring
- Tours of The Baby Suites
Childbirth preparation and parenting classes
We know that preparing for your baby's arrival can be overwhelming, which is why we provide expectant parents access to a range of prenatal classes. The goal of our classes is to educate parents on what to expect during labor and delivery and caring for a newborn. Courses offered at our hospital include:
- Baby Matters—This interactive, three-hour class educates parents on their baby's development before and after birth. We will discuss a range of topics, including how much sleep your baby needs and infant care.
- Gestational Diabetes—This two-and-a-half hour class is geared toward educating women with gestational diabetes about proper nutrition and exercise during pregnancy.
- Intensive Prepared Childbirth—This eight-hour course discusses topics including the signs and symptoms of labor, breathing and relaxation during labor, benefits of a labor coach and medical intervention during delivery—including C-section. At the end of the course, you will take a guided tour of The Baby Suites at HCA Florida Brandon Hospital.
To register for one of our childbirth education classes, please call us at (813) 653-1065 or register online.
Remote obstetrics monitoring
We are committed to providing full-service patient care, which is why we now use innovative telemedicine technology to monitor mom and baby. This technology allows your obstetrician to remotely access patient information, such as fetal heart rate and maternal contraction patterns.
This information is communicated in real-time directly from our labor and delivery unit to your physician's smart phone.
After labor and delivery, we are here to support you during recovery and help ease the transition to life with a newborn. Whether you choose to breastfeed or use formula, our staff is readily available to help you follow scheduled feeding times every three to four hours. Nurses are always present to help in assisting you feed your newborn.
During your stay at The Baby Suites, you have access to our educational resources at the Family Maternity Center. We provide basic education on caring for your newborn and yourself following childbirth. Topics commonly discussed include:
- How to use proper breastfeeding techniques
- How to speed up a healthy recovery from childbirth
- How to bathe, feed and dress your baby
- How to perform basic infant care, such as:
- Taking your baby's temperature
- Recognizing signs of discomfort or illness
- Knowing when to consult a physician
Going home from The Birthing Suites
Prior to discharge from the hospital, every new mother is asked to attend a discharge class that includes detailed instructions regarding self-care and infant care. Any specific instructions concerning you or your baby will be communicated by your nurse.
You will be provided with an application for your baby's birth certificate and social security number, which needs to be completed and mailed to the appropriate government agencies.
Selecting a pediatrician
During your hospital say, your child will receive care from our nursery staff under the direction of a board-certified pediatrician. It is important to select a pediatrician in advance of your child's due date. If you are a part of a health plan, you may wish to contact your insurance company for a listing of approved providers.
Preadmission and admissions to our birthing center
Preadmission for labor and delivery can be completed in three easy steps:
- Step one—Preadmission forms are available in your obstetrician's office or at our hospital. We ask that you complete and return this form no later than the fifth month of pregnancy. After we receive your form, we will verify your insurance benefits and determine any deductibles and copays you are responsible for.
- Step two—We ask that you stop by the hospital maternity admissions office to sign your admission forms, complete a medical questionnaire and confirm your insurance benefits. Please bring your driver's license or another form of valid picture identification and your insurance card. This process takes approximately 10 minutes, and our office is open for preregistration services Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You may also pre-register online.
- Step three—Please plan to pay any amounts not covered by insurance by your seventh month of pregnancy. You may pay online, over the phone, by mail or in-person at the maternity admissions office.
With these clerical tasks taken care of in advance, you will proceed directly to the obstetrics assessment center when you arrive on the day of your delivery.
Preparing for your stay at The Baby Suites
We make it our mission to provide all the items you will need for labor and delivery. However, you may find that bringing a few personal items makes your birth experience more comfortable. We suggest that your labor bag include:
- Camera and/or video camera
- Clothes for labor, such as a robe and slippers
- Eyeglasses (try to avoid wearing contacts, if you can)
- Hair ties or clips
- Items for relaxation, such as a tennis ball for back pain during labor
- Lip balm
- Focal point, such as a comforting picture
We also recommend you pack the following items for your postpartum stay:
- Comfortable clothes, such as a nightgown, nursing bra and underwear
- Sanitary pads, these are provided, but some patients prefer to bring their own
- Toiletries, such as mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrush and shampoo
- Comfortable outfit and shoes to go home in
You may wish to bring items to care for your new baby, such as:
- Car seat
- Going home outfit for baby, including socks and a hat
Labor and delivery: frequently asked questions
To make it easier to plan your stay at The Baby Suites, we have outlined hospital-specific questions we are commonly asked.
What are the visiting guidelines?
- We do not allow visitors 12 years old or younger, except for siblings of a newborn.
- Visitors must show photo ID to security prior to entering The Women's Center.
- Visitors are given a laminated "visitor pass" to wear during their visit.
- Visitor's ID will be returned when the "visitor pass" is returned to security.
- Visitors may be asked to limit visits based on mom's condition.
- Only two visitors are allowed at a time in the labor and delivery and antepartum units.
- Four visitors are allowed at a time in the mother/baby unit.
How many people can I have with me in the delivery room?
You may have three support people with you during labor and delivery. In the case of a C-section, you are allowed one support person.
Are my children allowed to stay?
Children are not allowed in The Baby Suites unless they are older and a designated labor support person. If a child is 12 years old or younger in the waiting room, an adult must be present and responsible for the child.
Healthy siblings are allowed to briefly visit in the labor and delivery suites following delivery.
May I walk during labor?
Walking is permitted during labor at the discretion of your obstetrician and labor nurse.