The Birthing Center at Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross provides the best care for mothers and newborns. The skilled staff of physicians and nurses is experienced in caring for the diverse needs of every mother.
We recommend that patients complete pre-admission documents during the seventh month of pregnancy. This will help facilitate the registration process during labor. Expectant mothers can go to the hospital’s registration area, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to pre-admit. Obstetricians and pediatricians
Mayo Clinic Health System offers an outstanding group of obstetricians and pediatricians to care for mothers and newborns. Developing a trusting relationship with your health care provider is supported by our staff, who work closely with physicians to provide the best care to patients.
The following classes are taught by a registered nurse and are offered on a regular basis. Please call 912-287-2686 for more information and to register for the classes.
- Childbirth: Prepares the expectant mother and her partner by explaining the birthing process, as well as provides instructions on how to care for your newborn at home. The class includes a tour of the Birthing Center and also discusses policies and procedures that may be unique to Mayo Clinic Health System. The cost of the class is $20.
- Breastfeeding: Teaches the advantages and how-tos for a wonderful breastfeeding experience. The cost of the class is $5. Mothers only, please.
- Sibling: Prepares big brothers and sisters for the arrival of a new baby. Parents and children attend together. The class is recommended for children ages three to eight. The cost is $10 per sibling and includes a t-shirt.
- Epidural Anesthesia: Provides a step-by-step explanation of the procedure, discusses benefits and risks, and answers questions about the anesthesia. Please call for scheduling. There is no cost to attend.
Labor and delivery
Upon arrival at the hospital, report to the Emergency Room to be admitted. Mothers will be transported to the Labor and Delivery Unit. The obstetrician and specially trained staff guides mothers through the birthing process. Labor and delivery includes an operating room for patients requiring cesarean section. Staff members will inform family and friends of the mother’s progress.
After delivery, newborns are briefly examined. The mother and newborn are moved to a large private room in the Birthing Center. The spacious rooms offer comfortable amenities. Newborns may remain in the room with the mother, or sleep in the nursery as the mother rests. Meals are served in the room and a menu selection is provided.
Prior to departure, a hearing test is administered to newborns. A Baby Passport will be provided for future recordkeeping.
Neonatal intensive care unit
Pediatricians routinely check on newborns while making hospital rounds. If a newborn requires special care, the pediatrician may admit him/her to the Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The pediatrician will determine when it is safe for the baby to be discharged to the mother’s care.
A member of the Birthing Center staff will provide instructions about caring for newborns at home. Bathing, feeding, dressing, grooming and follow-up medical care will be discussed. At this time, questions will be answered. Primary care physicians and pediatricians will provide special instructions to the nursing staff, if any.