Obstetrics and Gynecology
An ever-increasing number of couples are choosing Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center as the place for the birth of their children.
Our OB department features LDR rooms (Labor, Delivery and Recovery), and private post-partum bedrooms designed for the safety and comfort of moms and their newborns. Offering a home-like atmosphere, the bedrooms are furnished with custom-made furniture including chairs that fold out to make beds for dads and are decorated in appealing colors with coordinating curtains and window treatments. Moms, their babies and their families can bond in restful, quiet surroundings.
Our professional staff provides highly individualized care using a mother-baby care model. We pride ourselves in making each delivery as comfortable and as much a family-centered experience as possible.
For more information about our OB services, or to schedule a visit to tour our department, please call OB Supervisor Bonnie Embrey at (270) 259-9561 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
We recognize your need for support from family and friends during your hospital stay. We also recognize your need for rest and for privacy to take care of your personal needs. New mothers and fathers need time for bonding with their infant.
A special OB Waiting Room is located across from the Chapel just outside the OB Department on the second floor. A public viewing nursery window is located outside the department in the hallway. A family viewing window is conveniently located inside the OB department.
Siblings are encouraged to visit after delivery. In order to protect all the babies on the unit from infections, these privileges are extended only to the brothers and sisters of the baby.
The Last Weeks of Pregnancy Matter!
TLRMC is a leader in preventing Early Elective Deliveries.
Click here to learn more about the importance of going the full 40 weeks.
Prepared Childbirth Classes
Prepared Childbirth Classes at Twin Lakes Regional are also available. We offer the classes free of charge to expectant parents who will be delivering at our hospital. Parents who have attended childbirth classes in the past report greater satisfaction with their childbirth experience.
We offer a series of four classes most months each year. Information presented includes:
- Discomforts of Pregnancy
- Tools for Labor (exercises & techniques to help the mother-to-be deal with labor)
- Infant Care and Feeding
- Infant CPR
- Mother Care
- Preparation for C-Section
Classes are scheduled as demand warrants including an occasional Saturday class which includes all the topics addressed in the other classes. Once a quarter, we offer a Breastfeeding Class in conjunction with the Infant Care and Feeding class.
For more information or to register for a Prepared Childbirth Classes, call the TLRMC OB Department at (270) 259-9562.
Newborn Hearing Testing
Early detection of potential hearing problems can mean the difference between a normal childhood and one filled with difficulty. When hearing loss is not detected until age 2 or 3, experts say a child can lose the potential to develop speech and language.
Even though babies born after 37 weeks of pregnancy are considered to be full-term, research shows that a baby’s brain nearly doubles in weight during the last few weeks of pregnancy. Important lung and other organ development also occur at this time.
"After 37 weeks of pregnancy, there's still significant fetal development occurring until a woman's due date. The remaining weeks are the time when the lungs and brain mature and the fetus gains body fat," says Sindhu K. Srinivas, MD, a member of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Practice Bulletins-Obstetrics. "We know that healthy babies need 39 weeks to have the best start in life. Therefore, The College recommends against labor inductions or cesarean delivery for non-medically indicated deliveries at less than 39 weeks."
Early-term infants have higher rates of respiratory distress, respiratory failure, pneumonia, and admission to neonatal intensive care units compared with infants born at 39 to 40 weeks. Although the overall risk of death is small, it is double for infants born at 37 weeks of pregnancy, when compared to babies born at 40 weeks, for all races and ethnicities.
There are certain medical reasons that require early delivery. However, suspecting that a baby is large is not a reason to induce labor or deliver by cesarean before 39 weeks, a process called Early Elective Delivery or EED, according to medical professionals.
“Some women mistakenly think that the only thing a baby does during the last weeks of pregnancy is gain weight, making labor and delivery more difficult,” said Judith Nolte, a member of the March of Dimes national Board of Trustees and former editor-in-chief of American Baby Magazine Group. “When the moms in our focus groups learned about the important brain and organ development that occurs, they were more willing to put up with their own discomfort so their baby could get a healthy start in life.”
In 2013, the Kentucky Hospital Association's (KHA’s) Board of Trustees signed an Early Elective Delivery Resolution committing to establishing a new standard for Kentucky hospitals and ensuring a continued focus on improved patient care. KHA is working with hospitals throughout Kentucky to provide resources on developing and implementing an early elective delivery policy to its members.
Michele Vincent, APRN, Director of Quality at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center, explains why it is important to their hospital to lower the number of EEDs.
“We want to give the children of our community the very best start in life possible. One way that is done is by applying Evidence Based Measures to prevent the delivery of infants under 39 weeks unless it is medically necessary.”
According to Vincent, it takes a team effort to change. “We have a very supportive and caring staff who strives to take the KHA’s Zero Early Elective Delivery Pledge.” The current national rate for EEDs is around 5% and the state of Kentucky is slightly higher at 8%. “We are proud to report that TLRMC has had a perfect zero rate in early elective deliveries since joining the KY SAFE Baby Initiative in November 2013.”
“The OB staff at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center, myself and the other OB/GYN physicians, and the hospital quality and case managers work together to make it possible for us to reach the goal of zero early elective deliveries,” according to Dr. Mark Lee. “This is an example of how bigger isn’t always better. We may be smaller in size but our quality and attention to details and service are what make us stand apart in OB care.”
“Preventing early elective deliveries is now becoming a best practice in hospitals around the country,” says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. “Research has documented the benefits, and health professionals have translated this from a concept into a true national movement. We hope that every hospital that delivers babies will join the effort.”
There is support for encouraging moms to go 40 weeks before having their baby if possible, says Bonnie Embrey, RNC, BSN, Nursing Director of Obstetrics at TLRMC. “The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) has published a flyer called ‘40 Reasons to Go the Full 40 Weeks’. The list includes reasons how a baby benefits from a full 40 weeks of pregnancy to grow and develop as well as a few whimsical reasons on how the expectant mom-to-be can enjoy the benefits of being pregnant a little longer.” To see the list of 40 reasons from the AWHONN, go to www.health4mom.org/a/40_reasons.
For more information contact your OB/GYN physician or go to www.marchofdimes.com