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Special Beginnings Maternity Center

Labor Delivery Recovery Postpartum (LDRP) Suites

Located in the beautiful West Wing, 24 LDRP suites blend the warmth and comfort of a home-like setting with the safety and convenience of a full-service hospital. Each suite provides the type of amenities you’d expect from a five-star hotel – from DVD players and a hideaway bed for dads to in-room refrigerators and Bose Wave Radios. All the technology and equipment the physician and nurses need are in the suite, it’s just neatly tucked away and out of sight when not in use.

We also realize that moms occasionally need time to themselves to rest and recuperate. At those times, infants are well cared for in the nearby nursery. Cesarean-section rooms are also located on the same floor, with easy access to the LDRP suites, keeping disruption of the childbirth experience to an absolute minimum.

For a personalized tour of the Special Beginnings Maternity Center, please call 574-523-3444.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Situated within the Special Beginnings Maternity Center, our Level 2-B Neonatal Intensive Care Unit gives your baby the latest in critical care should the need arise. Neonatologists spend several hours a day in the Special Beginnings Maternity Center and are on-call at night. At the same time, experienced Neonatology Nurse Practitioners are in the NICU for 12 hours and on-call for 12. Because having a newborn with medical problems can be very stressful, Elkhart General Hospital strives to provide a comforting experience for the entire family. While the baby is in NICU, moms are offered a bedroom nearby. This enables the family to spend as much time in the NICU as possible.

Once healthy enough, babies can spend several hours a day in the room with their parents. When they are too sick to leave the NICU, moms are invited in to provide kangaroo care. This practice of placing the babies' skin directly in contact with their mothers' skin comforts mothers and babies alike. The smell and feel of the mother is important to the baby's brain development and growth. Hearing her soothing heartbeat and voice helps their brains grow, and the babies sleep more soundly.

Hugs and Kisses

In addition to being a secured unit where nurses carefully control access, Special Beginnings is equipped with the Hugs & Kisses infant protection system. This system allows staff and family to move freely within the protected zone, but no one can remove an infant from the unit without the staff being alerted. A detection field is created around key exits. When an unauthorized attempt to use an exit with an infant occurs, alarms sound and doors and elevators are automatically locked.

Another component of this system automatically confirms that the right baby is with the right mother. This feature provides an audible indicator that immediately confirms the match of infant and mother every time the two are brought together.

Visitation Opportunities

We understand that family support is critical for expectant and new mothers, and have set visitation guidelines that encourage it. Special visitation allowances are made for one or two special people you select for the labor and delivery process.

Lactation Services

They make it look so easy...but for many, it isn't. Breastfeeding is one of the most natural things in the world, but it can also be one of the most difficult...especially for first-time moms.

Our Certified Lactation Consultants understand these difficulties. They can help you get off to a good start. And if problems come up, they have the training and experience needed to help you and your baby work through them. And they're even available for private one-on-one sessions. We also have "The Motherhood Connection" group where moms can share breastfeeding experiences and ideas.

For more information, call 574-523-3276.

Extras for Mother

The new mom and a guest of her choice are also invited to enjoy a “Special Celebration Meal.” You can choose from two succulent entrees (Surf & Turf or Fried Shrimp Platter), side items, beverages and desserts. Your meal will be served to you in the privacy of your LDRP suite. This is just another way we want to say “Congratulations!” Please ask your nurse for more information.

Complementary Gifts

When you and your baby leave our care, you won’t go home empty-handed. You’ll receive an assortment of gift packs, mother and baby skin care products, a souvenir birth certificate, and educational materials on topics like breastfeeding, nutrition and baby care.