COVID-19 and Pregnancy - An Update for our Patients
We would like to take this opportunity to update you about your maternity care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and assure you that our dedicated team of expert nurses, physicians and midwives are committed to providing safe and effective care to every patient who walks through our doors.
Specialized pregnancy care
The staff at Trident Health System is extensively trained in caring for newborns and their mothers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Our team encourages practices such as:
- Rooming in, which allows the newborn’s crib to remain right beside the mother’s bed
- Skin-to-skin bonding time
- Breastfeeding support, with help from lactation consultants
Virtual tour of the new women’s and children’s services unit at Summerville Medical Center
Enjoy a virtual tour of the new Women’s & Children’s Services unit located at Summerville Medical Center. You will also be able to read about our state-of-the-art technology, services, and highly skilled staff who are dedicated to providing compassionate and quality care to our Lowcountry families. The new unit features:
- 30 new patient beds
- Beautiful “home like” birthing suites that provide new families a welcoming space to bond with their baby
- Level II neonatal ICU (NICU) with specially-trained physicians and nurses to care for our sickest babies
- 55” HD Apple TVs and MyCare boards that display important patient information and streaming entertainment options on one TV.
- Wireless fetal monitoring that allows mom to be comfortable and mobile during laboring, including taking a shower, while still being able to monitor how her baby is doing.
- NICView technology that makes it easy for families to watch their newborn in our neonatal ICU anytime, anywhere and on any electronic device through a 24/7 secure portal.
- HUGS Baby Safety Program that protects babies during their hospital stay with unique tamper-proof tags and alarm system.
- iMobile smartphones that give our staff instance access to patient vitals and other information that allows our staff to interface immediately to provide our patients with the best care.
Labor and delivery rooms
Summerville Medical Center offers nine birthing suites that provide all the amenities to make your birthing experience as comfortable as possible. These newly refurbished suites offer tiled sinks with waterfall faucets, a shower or whirlpool tub and refinished hardwood floors.
A mother will typically stay in her birthing suite throughout the labor and delivery process and spend an hour or two there afterward with her baby. Our birthing suites are equipped with overhead lighting systems that can be softened. This helps promote skin-to-skin bonding between mother and newborn.
Our Women’s and Children’s Services department also recently renovated their two operating rooms for labor and delivery. The new surgical and birthing suites offer Panda® Warmers, which keeps newborns content while they are being checked and cared for by the medical team.
For more information on our obstetrics and gynecologic care, please see our OB/GYN hospitalist program.
If you are interested in scheduling a tour of the labor and delivery rooms at Summerville Medical Center please call us at (843) 797-3463.
Postpartum depression (PPD) is a serious illness that impacts the entire family. Without effective intervention it can cause great suffering and serious damage to families. In rare incidences, it can lead to suicide or murder. However, in most cases, with proper treatment and support, a woman and her family can fully recover from PPD.
The baby blues
About 80 percent of all women who deliver a baby will develop a mild case of postpartum depression known as the “baby blues.” This can be identified through the following symptoms and behaviors:
- Feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope
- May have periods of crying
Postpartum depression is a condition that lasts for more than two weeks and occurs in 10 to 20 percent of all mothers after delivery. This can be identified through the following symptoms and behaviors:
- Thoughts of inadequacy
- Difficulty concentrating
- Disconnected feelings from your baby
- Thoughts of suicide
Postpartum psychosis is a more severe condition and occurs in one to two women out of every 1,000 births. This can be identified through the following symptoms and behaviors:
- Abrupt mood changes
How to help mothers with PPD
It is important for spouses, partners, friends and family to be on alert for symptoms characteristic of postpartum depression, which include:
- Feelings of sadness and worthlessness
- Trouble sleeping
- Changes in appetite
- Excessive exhaustion
- Withdrawal from friends and family
Help is available through your family physician, the OB/GYN who delivered your baby or the baby’s pediatrician. Reach out and ask for assistance.
Pregnancy and postpartum exercise
Exercises during pregnancy
- Pelvic tilt
It is important to rest the first few weeks after the birth of your baby and realize it may take your body several weeks to recover from the changes of pregnancy. Check with your healthcare provider for recommendations about when you can begin a more rigorous exercise routine.
Exercise after vaginal birth
The following exercises can be done as soon as desired following a vaginal birth:
- Abdominal strengthening
- Pelvic tilt
- Abdominal breathing
- Ankle circles
- Leg sliding
- Arm and upper back stretch
After the first week, you may continue to perform the exercises listed above and add more abdominal exercises, if your strength allows you to. You may also add straight curl-ups and diagonal sit-ups to your exercise routine.
Exercise after cesarean birth
Your healthcare provider will review with you the value of exercises, deep breathing and good body mechanics for the best recovery after your cesarean birth (c-section). Exercises are key to successful rehabilitation. Do not start any exercise program unless advised by your doctor.
Following a c-section, it is important to get up and walk within the first 12 to 18 hours - even if you need assistance - to improve digestion, decrease muscle stiffness and prevent blood clots. After a cesarean birth, you may find yourself leaning forward to protect your incision. It is important to support your incision as you walk. Exercise and activity will help heal your incision by increasing circulation.