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Become A Doula!

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to announce that it will be offering Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association training classes for community members who are interested in becoming hospital-based doulas.

DoulaHospital-based doulas are specially trained to offer comfort and support to mothers and their families as they bring their babies into the world. They also work with other hospital staff to ensure a positive birth experience for expectant parents. It’s an opportunity to support women and families during one of the most beautiful and important life events: birth.

Upcoming training sessions will be August 22 – 23 and September 19 – 20. No health care experience is necessary.

mother_baby.tifParticipants will learn comfort techniques for labor, including positions and movement; support for non-medicated and medicated mothers; the role and scope of practice; the natural birth process; practical experience and role-playing; affirmation and encouragement techniques; non-biased emotional, physical and informational support; hospital procedures for labor and delivery; positive communication skills; support for caesarean birth; and skills to support breastfeeding initiation.

For more information or to register, call (803) 791-2631 or email edpound@lexhealth.org

Take a Deep Breath and PUSH!

Bringing a child into the world is one of the most joyous occasions a woman will experience. But it can be an anxious time as well.

That’s why Lexington Medical Center offers a free Doula program to help expectant mothers and families through one of life’s most meaningful events.

Hodnette3Recently, Stephanie Hodnette of Lexington delivered her third child at Lexington Medical Center. This was also the third time she had help from a hospital doula.

“I was actually able to deliver all of my children without medication because of the tremendous support from each of my doulas,” said Stephanie.

The mother to three young boys, Stephanie is a patient of Lexington Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice. And from her very first prenatal appointment for her first son, she knew she wanted to attempt a non-medicated birth.

“If not for the doula’s coaching and help with pain management, I wouldn’t have been able to deliver my children without medication. Their guidance and emotional support helped my husband and me – especially the first time,” she said.

Doulas are trained to work with a woman’s physician or midwife and her nurse to provide emotional encouragement and physical comfort measures during and after childbirth. They will also visit the new mother the next day, offering additional support, breastfeeding assistance and helpful information. All women, even those who have a medicated birth, can benefit from using a doula.

“With Stephanie, her husband and I took turns fanning her to help keep her cool. And as her breathing pattern changed, I alerted the nurse to her behavior, allowing her to transition into the pushing phase of delivery,” said Irene Brinkmann, a Lexington Medical Center doula. “Even though Stephanie and her husband are experienced parents, using a doula gave them a sense of peace. They knew that they had help,” said Irene.

Importantly, doulas do not take the place of family members during delivery.

“Our doula offered encouragement to my husband, too. She suggested things he could do for me that I couldn’t think of at the time,” said Stephanie.

“We try to recognize the little needs that make the experience more comfortable for everyone: a rocking chair for an alternative laboring position; a warm blanket for a chilly, but excited grandma; an extra pillow in just the right spot; a washcloth on a hot forehead; the first drink of juice after the little one arrives; or taking a picture of the happy new family,” said Irene.

Lexington Medical Center has one of the first hospital-based doula programs in the country and the only doula program in the Midlands. To learn more, please call (803) 791-2631 or visit LexMed.com.

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation provides important programs and services that help people in our community, including cancer patients. Please consider giving to the Lexington Medical Center Foundation during the Central Carolina Community Foundation’s “Midlands Gives” challenge on May 5. Learn more at MidlandsGives.org.

Baby Boom

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Oh baby!  The stork has delivered great news to Lexington Medical Center. Our hospital delivered more babies than any other hospital in the Midlands in 2012. We welcomed 3,549 bundles of joy, according to statistics from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

We have a reputation for treating patients like family at Lexington Medical Center. And with state-of-the-art equipment and comfortable rooms, our obstetrical team of physicians, nurses, technicians and Doulas work together to ensure the best birth experience for each mom and baby. We also offer an innovative approach to welcoming the newest members of our community. For more than 40 years, Lexington Medical Center has been home to many “firsts” in obstetrics.

Did you know?

Lexington Medical Center was the first hospital in the Midlands to allow fathers to stay in the delivery room during childbirth, cut the umbilical cord upon a newborn’s arrival and be with their wives during caesarean sections.

We were the first hospital in the Midlands to offer epidurals during labor and delivery.

We recognized the need for a Special Care Nursery to allow our clinicians to care for newborns needing special assistance. And we worked to ensure that there was a full-time neonatologist, along with clinicians with special skills to care for the babies there.

Lexington Medical Center began a Doula program that was the first-of-its-kind in the Southeast. A doula is a birth coach who provides women comfort and reassurance during labor and delivery. The program is a nationally-recognized success, and doulas are a free service for any woman having a baby at Lexington Medical Center provided by the Lexington Medical Center Foundation.

And, we were the first hospital in our area to introduce Kangaroo Care for premature babies, where parents are able to nestle skin-to-skin with their baby, helping them to bond.

Today, Lexington Medical Center offers a series of classes for expectant families including breastfeeding, childbirth and sibling classes.

We strive to make sure having a baby is a positive, rewarding experience that new parents remember for a lifetime.

Visit Lexmed.com for more information about having a baby at Lexington Medical Center, or to view pictures of our latest arrivals.

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