As the longest part in the process of birth, pregnancy can seem quite daunting at first. The information you get over the next nine months is crucial to having your baby the way you want. At Emory Decatur Hospital we believe in taking birth one step at a time, and so no matter what stage you are at in your pregnancy, we hope that this list of resources helps you to consider each step carefully. For a complete list of all of our support groups and classes, click here or call 404-448-2621.
• What to Expect During Pregnancy
Each trimester of pregnancy is different, so it is best to know what to expect. This link explains each trimester in detail with tips and pointers to stay healthy.
• What to Expect During Labor
Once you are pregnant, labor is not far off, and it is best to be prepared. This link explains possible and positive signs of labor, and tells you what to do when you know you are having your baby.
• Couplet Care
Emory Decatur Hospital offers couplet care (also known as “family-centered care”), which is a different approach than more traditional hospitals take. This link describes the key factors that make Emory Decatur Hospital’s couplet care effective.
• Maternity Classes
Emory Decatur Hospital is proud to offer several classes for women in all stages of pregnancy, including our Childbirth Preparation Class, Prenatal Toning & Yoga, and “Healthy You, Healthy Baby”. This link has descriptions of all of classes offered and links to register for each one.
• Neonatal Intensive Care
Emory Decatur Hospital is fully prepared for any possibility in your birth, and that includes our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This link describes the capabilities of the NICU and includes a glossary of related terms.
• Pre-Admission & Tours
When you start to go into labor, you want to know where you are going and who will be treating you. This link allows you to pre-register for your birth, as well as to schedule a tour of Emory Decatur Hospital’s maternity facilities.
• Birthing Options
Emory Decatur Hospital offers a wide variety of birthing options, including water births and those assisted by midwives and doulas. This link shows all available options, with descriptions of each one.
• Cesarean Birth
A cesarean section birth is always a possibility in the delivery process, so it is best to know what “c-sections” are like. This link describes the process of a cesarean section, and includes a glossary of terms.
• Nitrous Oxide for Pain Relief During Labor
Nitrous oxide used for labor pain is a mixture of 50% nitrous gas and 50% oxygen that is inhaled through a mask that a women holds to face and self-administers, as she wishes. This link explains what you need to know about Nitrous Oxide.