At Memorial Family Care Birthing Centers, we celebrate family-centered birth. These are the 10 principles of family-centered maternity care that we follow.
- Labor, birth, postpartum, and newborn care are viewed as normal life events involving dynamic emotional, social, and physical change.
- Prenatal care is personalized according to psychosocial, educational, physical, spiritual, and cultural needs of each woman and her family.
- Comprehensive perinatal education prepares families for active participation through preconception, pregnancy, child birth, and parenting.
- The hospital team helps the family make informed choices for their care during pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, and newborn care and strives to provide them with the experience they desire.
- The mother's support person is actively involved in the educational process, labor, birth, postpartum, and newborn care.
- When the mother wishes, family and friends are encouraged to be present and provide support as much as possible during the hospital stay, including labor and birth.
- Labor, birth care, postpartum, and newborn care are all provided within Memorial Family Care Birthing Centers.
- Nursing care focuses on teaching and role modeling while providing safe, quality care for the mother and baby together.
- The same person cares for the mother and baby couplet as a single-family unit, integrating the whole family into the care.
- Parents have access to high-risk newborns at all times and are included in their care to the extent possible based on the newborn's condition.