Welcome to Maternity Services!
When it comes to the birth of your baby, nothing is more important than choosing obstetrical care professionals who provide a caring environment for one of life's most memorable experiences. Cortland Regional Medical Center is your best choice, and our experience proves it. Last year, over 550 families trusted us with bringing their precious addition into the world. Make us a part of your family too!
Meet Our Maternity Team
Obstetrics and Gynecology Anna Marie Garcia, M.D. & Mary Lou Phillips, C.N.M David Mayo, M.D.
In Whan Oh, M.D. & Jacqueline Gagen, C.N.M.
FamilyPractice Rosemarie Hurley, M.D.
Catherine Keating, M.D.
Cherilyn White, M.D.
Nurse Manager Tammy Finn, R.N. and Nurse Practitioner Kelly Hirsch, R.N., F.N.P., lead an exceptionally experienced and well-trained nursing staff. Included among the Maternity Unit staff are four nationally certified nurses (two in inpatient obstetrics and two in maternity newborn nursing). Also one nurse is nationally certified in electronic fetal monitoring. 40% of Maternity nursing staff has baccalaureate degrees.
Contact us with any questions at (607) 756-3750.
About our Facility
We have five rooms in our Labor/Delivery/Recovery (LDR) area. It includes a whirlpool tub, an operative delivery room for Cesarean births and triage rooms for testing during pregnancy and evaluation of labor. A full bathroom with a shower is in each Labor & Delivery room. After delivery and recovery, you and your baby are taken to the nearby mother/baby unit. Twenty-four hour rooming in with your baby is strongly encouraged. One wing of Maternity Unit was recently remodeled for a more home-like atmosphere. Each of the rooms has a private bathroom and shower.
Childbirth Education Classes: Two-day weekend session that teaches expectant parents a variety of topics including: Nutrition, Role of the Coach, Breathing and Relaxation Techniques for Labor, Care and Characteristics of the Newborn, Breastfeeding, Parenting Skills, Post Partum Issues, and Infant Safety. A tour of the labor and delivery rooms, birthing rooms, and maternity suites is also included. Instruction is provided in a pleasant, informal setting that encourages participation. Discussion is supplemented by demonstrations and audio visual aids. Call 756-3750 to register or for more information.
What to Expect: Labor & Delivery If you choose to deliver at Cortland Regional Medical Center, you, your baby and family will be an integral part of our "Family-Centered Maternity Care." We foster family unity by focusing on the physical, social and emotional needs of your baby, family and you. This means personal control over birth experience choices and an environment where bonding is easily facilitated.
· You and your physician decide what is best for you.
· Your baby may remain with you at your bedside as much as you want.
· Feeding on demand is encouraged
· Individualized instruction/informational videos on your baby's care
Support People in Labor/Delivery/Recovery
Our philosophy of family-centered care means you may have one to two support people with you to provide comfort and encouragement during your labor and birth of your baby. Support people are given a green bracelet to identify them to the nursing staff. Please remind your other visitors that all labors are different—some may be relatively short while others are very long. It is best that visitors not come to the hospital until one of your support people notifies them that your baby has been born.
What to Expect: Recovery and Going Home. Our postpartum focus is family-centered care. One nurse will care for you and your baby. Individualized teaching is done with all our patients.
We encourage rooming in. This allows you to spend more time with your baby and helps you learn to recognize your baby's cues. Sleeping in the same room with mom as been shown to be a major factor in helping decrease the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
We have private rooms for your use. Your significant other or support person may spend the night. A comfortable sunroom with a TV and pull out bed is available for your use.
Food service is provided using the “spoken menu” system. Prior to each meal, a member of our Food & Nutrition staff will visit you to tell you about the meal options you can choose from and to take your order. If none of the options appeal to you, you can always order sandwiches or items from the grille. Just ask your server.
Visiting hours for postpartum patients:
· 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. general visiting hours
· Your designated support people (ones with green bracelets) may visit any time and one person can stay overnight
· Brothers and sister of the new baby are welcome to visit. All other children must be at least 5 years old to visit
· Please remind your visitors that everyone needs to be healthy and free from illness when visiting.
Meet our Newest Arrivals: “Our 365” Web Nursery
When Your Baby is Ready to Go Home
A complete discharge plan is created for your baby from the moment he or she is born.
Because the staff matches both baby and mother ID bracelets at infant discharge, mothers need to keep their ID bracelet on until their baby is discharged.
Under New York state law, any child under the age of 4 riding in a car must be in a federally approved car seat. Any baby less than 35 weeks of age will have a car seat evaluation done prior to discharge.
Breast-feeding is supported by a well-trained nursing staff. You also have access to two certified lactation counselors if you need more extensive help. If you still need assistance after you go home, you can return to the Maternity Unit for further breast-feeding instruction. Please call 756-3750 to schedule your visit.
The Center of Your Care: For continued medical care for you and your new baby, visit our Physician Directory for a listing of our pediatricians, obstetrician/gynecologists, and family practice physicians.