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Baptist Health Madisonville

Mother & Baby Care

You want the birth of your baby to be a beautiful experience. Where you decide to have your baby is an important factor in fulfilling that experience.

That's why Baptist Health provides up-to-date maternity and childbirth care in a warm, family-oriented environment with an experienced, professional staff that is sensitive to your emotional and physical well-being.

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 Learn about how the Centering Pregnancy Program at Baptist Health Madisonville supports expectant mothers by helping them play a role in their prenatal care. 



Choose Baptist Health Mother & Baby Care for your childbirth experience because we offer the following services and more:

  • Specialized facilities
  • Compassionate nursing care
  • Special options so you can custom-design your entire childbirth experience
  • Midwife Services
  • Ultrasounds
  • Amniocentesis
  • Genetic screening
  • Evaluation and management of complicated pregnancies
  • Preconception counseling
  • Dedicated anesthesiologists around the clock
  • Certified Lactation Consultants 

Support from Lactation Consultants 

You can easily learn how to breast feed with some help and guidance. Lactation consultants are highly trained registered nurses who help you master breastfeeding (the ideal food for your baby). At Baptist Health, our lactation consultants are part of a worldwide initiative to support mothers who want to breastfeed.

Benefits of breastfeeding include:

  • Promotion of mother-baby bonding
  • Produces healthier babies with fewer respiratory and gastrointestinal problems

Ways our Lactation Consultants help:

  • Breastfeeding classes while you're pregnant
  • One-on-one support, counseling and literature while you're in the hospital after delivering your baby
  • Consultation services after you've returned home
  • Consultation services for mothers of newborns in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Help with electric breast pump usage

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Certified nurse-midwives at Baptist Health have provided patient care to women of childbearing age and beyond since 1992. At Baptist Health, certified nurse-midwives provide primary healthcare such as:

  • Prenatal care
  • Labor, delivery and care after birth
  • Gynecological exams
  • Newborn care
  • Lactation (breast-feeding) support
  • Assistance with family planning decisions
  • Preconception care
  • Menopausal management
  • Counseling in health maintenance and disease prevention

What to know about Midwifery:

  • "Midwife" is defined as a woman who is "with women" at birth.
  • Certified nurse-midwives have been helping American women through pregnancy and other normal stages of life since the early 1900s.
  • Certified nurse-midwives are registered nurses (RNs) who have completed graduate-level training in midwifery and who have passed a national certification exam.
  • They specialize in the care of women through the life cycle, with particular focus on the course of normal pregnancy, labor and birth. They view uncomplicated pregnancy and childbirth as a normal part of a woman's life cycle.
  • Midwifery care is on the rise as more women seek the relationship-building, personal care midwives provide.
  • Certified nurse-midwives practice under a philosophy of care that focuses on the specific needs of women, empowers women to actively participate in their healthcare and minimizes unnecessary intervention.
  • The midwifery philosophy stresses respect for the woman as an active participant in her own healthcare and birth. Personalized care, education, support and listening are hallmarks of traditional midwifery care.
  • Certified nurse-midwives work collaboratively with physicians. When pregnancies and births become complicated, certified nurse-midwives work closely with obstetricians who can intervene when medically necessary.

Baptist Health is the exclusive provider of the Centering Pregnancy in western Kentucky. This program provides care from midwives and physicians. It empowers women through assessment, education and support in a small group setting for prenatal care. Baptist Health has been a Centering Pregnancy site since 2006, receiving national recognition for improved pregnancy outcomes.

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Online Nursery

Would you like to inform family and friends of your little one's arrival? You can post your baby's birth information on our free, online nursery service. To find a new baby's information, click on the first letter of the mother's last name. A baby's photo will be posted on the website within 72 hours after the baby leaves the hospital. Information is posted only at new parents' request.

The following locations offer online nurseries, where you can view the baby's photo and information or leave a message for the family. Please note that a password given to your by the family may be required.

  • Corbin - Special Delivery
  • La Grange - Baby BassiNet
  • Lexington - BabyCentral
  • Louisville - BabyNet
  • Paducah - Stork's Nest
  • Richmond - Web Nursery

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Newborn & Infant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When will my baby sleep through the night?

Since a newborn's stomach can empty in as few as two hours, you can expect several nighttime feedings for a while. Each baby is different, but generally they begin to develop sleep patterns by three months of age. At that time, you get about four hours of uninterrupted sleep. By six months, your baby sleeps six or seven hours before waking to be fed.

It is unfortunate that babies need the most nighttime attention during the weeks when new parents need the most sleep. If you can, try to sleep during the day when the baby naps. This may leave you more refreshed and better able to appreciate middle-of-the-night encounters which can be peaceful, quiet times to get to know your baby.

How can I tell if my newborn is getting enough to eat?

If the baby seems to be gaining weight and appears healthy, you can be fairly sure they are getting enough nourishment. Another indicator is frequency of urination. A well-fed baby will usually need a diaper change every two or three hours.

If you are breast-feeding, remember that when the baby is nursing eagerly, most of the milk is consumed in the first 10-15 minutes. Even if the feeding seems short, they have probably gotten all they want.

How can I stop the hiccups?

Hiccups are normal and caused by the newborn's immature muscles. They occur quite often in some babies. There is nothing you can do except let them run their course.

If hiccups last for a long time and interfere with feedings, contact your physician.

Is it normal for a baby to make grunting and squeaking noises while he sleeps?

Yes. These sounds can be disconcerting to a new parent. Sometimes they sound almost like animal noises. You quickly get to know your baby and become comfortable with the peculiar, unique noises he makes in his sleep.

Since we came home from the hospital two days ago, the baby has been sneezing. Could she have a cold?

Probably not. Newborns' respiratory passages are easily irritated. Frequent sneezing is quite common. Your baby is probably responding in a healthy way to something in his nose, such as mucus, fuzz or dust.

It is uncommon for newborns to catch colds or other contagious illnesses during the first three months of life because of the protective, immunizing properties present in the placenta and breast milk. However, if your baby feels warm, shows a sudden loss of appetite or switches abruptly from active to listless behavior, consult your physician.

My baby has pimples and red blotches all over his face. What's wrong?

It is very common for newborns to have milky-white pimples on their faces. This is caused by pores becoming clogged with natural oils. Keep your baby's skin clean, and time will take care of the problem.

Red blotches, often called "stork bites," sometimes appear on a baby's forehead, nose and neck. The cause of these blotches is not known, and most of them disappear in time. Your physician can tell you if any of the blotches seem to be permanent.

My baby cries all the time. Can I do anything to help?

  • Check for physical causes for crying - hunger, the need to suck, overstimulation, fatigue, discomfort (such as being too warm or too cold) or the desire to be held.
  • Try to satisfy the physical need by feeding, burping, walking or rocking, whatever seems appropriate.
  • If the baby is tired or overstimulated, try placing him in a quiet, darkened room or bundling him in a blanket to give him feelings of closeness and security.
  • "White" noise such as the sound from an exhaust fan, vacuum cleaner or dryer may calm your baby.
  • If none of these techniques work and the crying seems excessive, contact your physician to rule out other physical problems that may cause distress.

The area around the umbilical cord looks red. Could it be infected?

It is normal for the area around the umbilical cord to be pinkish or reddish. A lot of redness or some pus could indicate an infection.

Swab the area with alcohol-drenched cotton balls to combat infection and speed up the drying process. If the symptoms persist, contact your physician.

How can I tell if my baby is having normal bowel movements?

Stool patterns vary with each baby, so there's no "normal."

However, we can define what's not normal:

  • Watery stool or stool containing mucus or blood. This may indicate an intestinal disorder, such as diarrhea, and should be reported to your physician.
  • Great difficulty passing stool followed by hard, dry stool. This may indicate constipation.

When can I take the baby outside?

Fresh air is good for babies. Dress your baby appropriately for the weather, and you can go outside almost any time unless your physician has advised otherwise.

In dressing your baby, remember that babies tend to lose body heat more rapidly than adults. If the weather conditions and temperature are uncomfortable for you, it's uncomfortable for your baby and should be avoided for extended periods.

Try to avoid taking your baby to crowded places where he could be exposed to people who might be sick.

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What to Pack for a Hospital Birth

We want your birthing experience to be special. Many expectant parents find that planning helps to make things run more smoothly.

Below are suggestions about what to bring to the hospital for your delivery.

  • Personal comfort items such as your own pillow, music, hard candy and lip balm
  • Camera with fully charged battery and adapter
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Personal grooming items
  • Comfortable robe and slippers
  • Loose-fitting clothing for the ride home
  • Several outfits for the baby
  • Ba
  • by car seat
  • Baby blankets
  • Extra room in your suitcase or an extra bag to take home any baby gifts
  • Health insurance card
  • All medications you take in original containers
  • Pediatrician name and contact information
  • Sleep sacks
  • Personal undergarments such as a nursing bra

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Around your fifth month of pregnancy, your physician asks you to preregister for your hospital admission by filling out an information card. This card helps to expedite things when you come to the Labor and Delivery Unit at any time.

  • You do not need to stop at the registration desk in the Emergency Department, when you visit the hospital for pregnancy-related issues after 20 weeks of pregnancy when you have the preregistration card. Simply show your card to the registration staff or security and proceed to Labor and Delivery.
  • If you need assistance, ask for a wheelchair. If you are in severe pain, have heavy bleeding or your water has broken, ask for immediate assistance.

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