Labor & Delivery

At North Mississippi Medical Center, 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 operating rooms and 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.

When Should I come to the hospital?

Come to the hospital when:

  • You have regular contractions every five minutes or less for one hour.
  • Your bag of waters breaks.
  • You have vaginal bleeding (bright red bleeding enough to wear a pad).

What is a contraction?

A contraction may feel like a dull lower backache or menstrual cramps. The pain may start in the back and radiate around the front of the abdomen (belly), or it may only be felt in the abdomen. If you place your hand on top of your abdomen, you will feel a hardening of your uterus (womb). This is a contraction.

How will I know if my water breaks?

A gush or trickle of fluid from your vagina that you cannot control may mean the bag of waters has broken. Your water breaking does not by itself mean you are in labor. You should come to the hospital because the protective covering which surrounded your baby has broken. Bacteria (germs) may enter and cause infection in you and your baby.

What should I bring to the hospital?

The following items are usually necessary for your hospital stay:

For yourself:

  • Slippers/socks
  • Lightweight bathrobe
  • Going-home clothes (allow for extra size of bust and waist)
  • Bras (2); nursing bras or support bras/spandex sports bras if not breastfeeding
  • Panties (2-3)
  • Lightweight nightgowns or pajamas (3-4); front-opening for breastfeeding
  • Personal care items
  • Two or more bed pillows and pillow cases
  • Camera and batteries/charger 

For baby:

  • Undershirt or onesie
  • Clothes for newborn photo
  • Going home clothes
  • Receiving blanket
  • Sweater, cap and blanket (appropriate to weather)
  • Infant car seat (installed properly in your vehicle)

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.”

Well Baby Services

As part of our 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.

Sign Up for a Class

Several NMMC hospitals offer prepared childbirth classes and other classes helpful for growing families.

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