NMMC Women's Hospital

NMMC Women's Hospital

4566 South Eason Boulevard Tupelo, MS 38801

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NMMC Women's Hospital

Important Phone Numbers

Admissions: (662) 377-4920

Birth Certificate: (662) 377-4935

Patient Room Information: (662) 377-3000

The area's premier resource for obstetrical, gynecological, neonatal intensive care and routine newborn services is North Mississippi Medical Center's Women's Hospital in Tupelo. The freestanding hospital, which opened in 1986, offers cutting edge technology and services in an attractive, homelike environment. Throughout Women's Hospital, we offer family-centered care, whether the patient is a new mom, a newborn or a surgery patient.

Obstetrical Services

The NMMC Women's Hospital has been welcoming new additions to area families since 1986. Expectant mothers can labor, deliver and recover in the same private birthing room, which is both well-decorated and well-equipped. All birthing rooms, as well as the three operating rooms and two Cesarean section rooms, contain state-of-the-art technology to accommodate normal and high-risk deliveries.

Thanks to an advanced monitoring system, our physicians can easily monitor contractions, heart rate and other vital signs of 24 patients who are either in labor or under observation simultaneously from the bedside, nurses station or even their office computer.

Labor & Delivery

Gynecological Services

The Women's Hospital provides inpatient and outpatient services for women in all stages of life. The gynecological surgery service is one of the busiest in the state.

Our surgeons perform all types of gynecological surgery, including laparoscopic hysterectomies, cesarean sections, bladder repair, tubal ligation, and laparoscopic, gynecological cancer and laser surgeries. The surgery suite contains three operating rooms, with full-time anesthesia coverage provided by staff anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists.

Several robotic surgical procedures are available at the NMMC Women's Hospital to treat gynecologic conditions including uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse and menorrhagia or excessive bleeding.

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) gynecologic oncologists now offer surgical and clinical services at NMMC. These board-certified UAB Medicine faculty members offer gynecologic cancer consultations, gynecologic cancer risk assessment, minimally invasive surgical procedures and access to cutting-edge clinical trials.

Golden Hour

The Golden Hour is the first time parents and baby spend together as a family. It is the time for introductions; the first “oohs and aahs” and the counting of fingers and toes. This bonding time for you and your baby is a once-in-a-lifetime event and needs to be celebrated!

We want to give you and your baby that first hour together, uninterrupted, so you can get to know each other. We know you want to introduce your family and friends to your baby and we encourage you to welcome them after you have had this time alone.

Studies show that the mother-child bond is critical for your baby’s ongoing growth and development. We are promoting skin-to-skin contact in the first hour of your baby’s life, as well as the hours and days to follow, to help the two of you get to know each other.

Benefits for Baby

  • Stays warmer
  • Becomes calmer, cries less
  • Maintains more stable blood sugar
  • Breastfeeds sooner, longer and more easily

Benefits for Mother

  • Stays calmer, boosts confidence
  • Increases mother/baby bond
  • Increases milk production

If you have a Cesarean section, you may still be able to have time to bond with your baby. Once you are alert and if the baby is stable, he or she may be able to visit for you to hold skin-to-skin or breast feed.

We will gladly help facilitate your feeding choice for your newborn, as well as assist you in any way possible to ensure that you have a wonderful experience in the birth of your baby. After discussion with your doctor, please let us know if you do not wish to participate in the Golden Hour or “skin-to-skin.”

Visitation Policy

To assure that newborns and their mothers get the very best of care and to protect their baby’s health and safety, Women's Hospital has the following visitation policy:

Visiting hours at the NMMC Women’s Hospital are 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. daily. Your spouse/primary support person and the baby’s siblings may visit at any time.

Labor & Delivery
• All visitors must check in at the Security Desk.
• The spouse/primary support person will be issued a pass upon admission.
• Two other passes will be available at the Security Desk for other visitors. If both passes are issued, additional visitors will need to wait until a pass becomes available.
• Siblings of the newborn may visit with the mother during labor, but no other children under age 12 are permitted to visit. You will be asked to sign a Sibling Visitation Form identifying siblings who will visit.
• Visitors may wait in the lobby, family waiting areas or dining areas but not outside patient rooms.
• During special procedures, such as placement of an epidural, all visitors may be asked to leave the room. Your nurse will notify visitors when it is appropriate to return.
• The spouse/primary support person may be asked to leave the labor room if the physician or nurse deem it necessary for the well being of the mother or baby.
• Only one visitor is allowed with the mother in the OB Emergency Department.
• With physician consent, the spouse/primary support person may be present during delivery. If a C-section is required, one support person may be present in the operating room if the mother is awake (epidural or spinal anesthesia).
• We observe the Golden Hour after delivery to allow parents and their new baby to spend time together as a family. This bonding time for you and your baby is also the best time to initiate breastfeeding, if you choose to do so. We want to give you and your baby this time together, uninterrupted, so you can get to know each other. You will be allowed to introduce your family and friends to your baby after you have this time alone.

Mother-Baby/Gyn Unit
• With the appropriate armband, siblings of the newborn who are not ill may visit the mother in her room during visitation hours. The spouse or another support person must stay in the room when siblings are present. Siblings may not stay overnight.
• Only three adult visitors, including the spouse/primary support person, are allowed in the mother’s room when the baby is present.
• Children under age 12 that are not siblings of the baby are not permitted to visit.

• Parents of infants who are unable to leave the nursery to feed or visit are encouraged to visit with the baby in the nursery. Special instructions regarding nursery visitation will be provided to these parents.

• One visitor may stay with you in holding until you go to the operating room.
• If you are having a C-section, with physician consent, one support person may be present in the operating room if you are staying awake (epidural or spinal anesthesia).
• Up to six visitors may wait in the C-section waiting room. If you have additional family members, they may wait in the lobby or the waiting area outside the nursery windows.
• In order to protect the privacy of all patients in the Recovery Room, no visitation is allowed during this time.

Newborn Follow-up
• When a baby returns to the NMMC Women’s Hospital for a newborn follow-up visit, the admissions clerk will provide a visitor sticker to family members. Please return the sticker to the Admissions area or Security Desk upon leaving the building.

What Parents Need to Know
• Make sure that you know all of the NMMC Women’s Hospital procedures to safeguard your infant while staying here. These include nursery routines, security measures and the visitation policy.
• Be deliberately watchful over the newborn infant.
• Never leave your infant out of your sight while in your room, even when you go to the bathroom or take a nap.
• Do not give your infant to anyone without properly verified hospital identification. If you are uncomfortable with anyone who requests to take your baby or anyone is unable to clarify why your baby is being taken from your room, contact the nurses’ station.
• For your records to take home, have at least one color photograph of your infant taken (full, front-face view) and compile a complete written description of your infant, including hair and eye color, length, weight, date of birth and specific physical attributes.

NMMC is a “tobacco free” campus. This means that smoking, along with other tobacco use, is not permitted on NMMC property. This restriction applies to visitors, NMMC employees, physicians and patients.

Well Baby Services

As part of the Women's Hospital plan of family-centered care, pediatricians provide care for well newborns during their hospital stay. The physicians make daily rounds to assess each baby's health and to provide medical care as needed. Nurses provide reassurance and hands-on instruction in breastfeeding and infant care as moms make the transition from delivery to motherhood.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a specialty care facility designed to handle the extensive problems encountered by the premature or critically ill newborn. Board-certified neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, specially-trained nurses, respiratory therapists and pharmacists treat patients from throughout the region, whether they are born at the Women's Hospital or transferred by Carexpress Medical Transport for Kids to Tupelo from hospitals in outlying communities. Neonatologists provide medical care for sick newborn infants, who are born prematurely, are having difficulty making the transition from fetal life to life after birth, or are suffering from congenital malformations or infectious diseases.

Lactation Services

NMMC Women's Hospital advocates breastfeeding as the superior choice of infant nutrition. Board-certified lactation consultants are available to help mothers better understand the benefits of breastfeeding and to learn feeding techniques and coping skills. New mothers have the option of meeting with a consultant either before or after delivery by appointment.

Services Provided
• Breastfeeding classes
• In-hospital bedside support
• Private outpatient consultation
• Educational materials
• In-service education to health care professionals
• Community programs
• Follow-up consultation
• Delivery and recovery assistance

The Lactation Department at Women's Hospital is open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Monday; and from 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (662) 377-5490 and leave a message with your name and phone number so that we may return your call. For more urgent needs, call (662) 377-3000 and ask the switchboard operator for pager #0409.

Breastfeeding classes are offered from 6-9 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. For more information or to register, call (662) 377-4956 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375).

Newborn Follow-Up

The Newborn Follow-up visit helps identify problems that sometimes appear after a baby is discharged from the nursery and should be evaluated before the two-week checkup. The main goal is to identify jaundice, weight loss and other problems an infant might develop. Most infants return for a Newborn Follow-up visit within one to two days after discharge. A nurse will weigh the infant and make sure there are no feeding problems. A lactation consultant is available for any breastfeeding concerns.

Wonderful Beginnings Classes

New parents, siblings and grandparents can prepare themselves for a new baby through the childbirth classes offered through the Wonderful Beginnings program. From early pregnancy through pre-admission to the hospital, Wonderful Beginnings offers something for everyone in the family.

Gift Shop

The Women's Hospital Gift Shop offers fresh flowers, It's a Girl/It's a Boy specialty items, get well items, balloons and various personal items that may be needed by family or patients during their stay at Women's Hospital.

Delivery is free. The shop is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, call (662) 377-4939 or email wctr_giftshop@nmhs.net.


NMMC Women’s Hospital offers several amenities to make patient stays and visits as pleasant as possible.

Café Express, located in the main lobby, provides breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and beverages. Hours are Monday through Friday from 7:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 7:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Gift certificates redeemable for a special "Candlelight Dinner for Two" may be purchased at Café Express by patients, their family members or friends. These elegant dinners, prepared by NMMC's Food and Nutrition Services, are served in the patient's room and feature a selection of entrees and sparkling grape juice.


Pre-admission visits are recommended for all expectant mothers not attending one of the Preparation for Birth classes. The visit includes a hospital tour and instruction on how to prepare for your admission to the hospital as well the transition from the hospital to home, daily care after delivery instructions, and symptoms to report to your physician. This free class is offered every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 1 p.m. in classroom C at the Women's Hospital. Call (662) 377-4956 or 1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375) for additional information or to arrange a tour.

Pre-Admission Form