The BirthPlace Frequently Asked Questions

The birth of your baby is an exciting time and can be overwhelming.  At CMC's The BirthPlace we want to make sure you have every question answered to have the best birthing experience possible. Here are some frequently asked questions that pertain to preparing for your child's birth, the birthing experience and after you have delivered.  If you have any further questions feel free to call The BirthPlace at 843-347-8007.

What rooms will I visit on the tour?
During The BirthPlace tour you and your guests will visit the labor and delivery room, the outpatient exam room, the postpartum room and view the nursery.  We have tours going on every Sunday at 2 p.m. All members of the family are invited to join!  We request you reserve your spot by calling 843-347-8108.

Where should I check in at the hospital once I go into labor?
If you arrive at CMC Monday-Friday, 5:30 a.m.-6 p.m. you will check in at The BirthPlace entrance at the back of the hospital.  After 6 p.m. or on a Saturday or on a Sunday you will go to the emergency department entrance also located at the back of the hospital.

Will I labor and deliver in the same room?
Yes, once you go into labor you will be accompanied into one of our private delivery rooms designed for the comfort of you and your family.  These rooms offer a private bathroom, flat screen television, recliner/sleeper, free Wi-Fi, and a warming bed for your baby.  A special mirror allows you to watch the birthing process, if you choose. 

How many people can be in the labor and delivery room with me?
Three people at a time can be in the labor and delivery room with you while you labor and give birth, but no one under the age of 12 is allowed in the labor and delivery room.  We have a waiting room directly across from the nursery where your other loved ones can relax and await the arrival of your new addition.

Are video cameras, cell phones and cameras allowed in the labor and delivery rooms?
Your family may want to capture memories of this joyous occasion. We allow still photos but not video (taken by cell phones, camera, etc.) and ask that you take family pictures when it does not interfere with medical care. Once your newborn is stable and in mother's arms, you'll probably have more time for photos.

Discuss your request for pictures of the delivery with your provider when admitted to Labor & Delivery. Health care providers - physicians, midwives, anesthesiologists, nurses - should not be photographed unless they give permission.  Photographs of medical or surgical procedures are not allowed. In an emergency, we will ask that all picture taking stop. Visitors may be asked to step back or leave to give staff the room they need to care for mother and baby.

Is there an anesthesiologist available at all times? What are my pain control options?
If you choose to receive pain relief, anesthesia such as epidurals, IV pain medications or other comfort measures are available and are administered by our anesthesiologists or a CRNA  who are available around-the-clock. You can learn more about anesthesia options here.

Once I have delivered can my baby stay in the room with me?
Infants usually “room in” with their mothers during day and evening hours. Your baby may “room in” with you for as much time as you decide. When you need time for yourself, our staffed nursery is always available for your baby.  "Rooming In" can begin after examination and evaluation by nursery staff and written orders by your doctor or midwife and pediatrician.  There are only two visitors at a time allowed in the mother's room during "rooming in."  the mother accepts responsibility of following the "rooming in" policy by written consent.

How soon after giving birth can I hold my baby?
Skin-to-skin contact will help keep your baby warm and let the two of you start bonding as well. But, don't worry about bonding if you can't hold your baby right away because one of you may need immediate medical care. There will be plenty of time for bonding later. While you and your baby are locking eyes, he or she be closely observed to ensure that he continues to do well. At one and five minutes after birth, an Apgar assessment will be done to evaluate your baby's heart rate, breathing, muscle tone, reflex response, and color. If your baby is doing well, you and your baby should not be separated. Your caregiver should be able to do these simple assessments (as well as other tasks) while your baby is resting on your belly.  Once you move to a postpartum room, your baby is taken to the nursery for bath and assessment.  You will then be allowed to keep your baby with you at any time for as long as you want, unless a problem or condition with you or the baby develops.

When can I nurse my baby?
Babies tend to be very alert right after birth, so that is a good time to begin breastfeeding if you are both willing.  in fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that healthy full-term infants "be placed and remain in direct skin-to-skin contact with their mothers immediately after delivery until the first feeding is accomplished."  You will be able to nurse your baby immediately after birth.  our nursing staff can assist you if you have any questions. We offer breastfeeding classes if you would like more information on how to breastfeed.  Classes are held once a month on Tuesday evenings and you can call 843-347-8108 to register or for dates and information.

Do you have a baby photo service available while we are in the hospital?
Yes, Mom365 is the name of the company we use.  They have professional photographers that come into the hospital and photograph the baby in the room with parents and siblings.  The photos are then available to be viewed online with a username and password given to the mother.  This way you can choose to share your newborn photos with friends and family.  To view the photos click on "Newborn Photos" on the left hand side of the menu, under "BirthPlace."

What security measures are in place for me and my baby?
The safety and well being of you and your baby is a top priority.  We have an infant security system that will be explained to you upon admission to The BirthPlace.

What items should I bring with me when I check into the hospital?
Remember to bring your photo identification and insurance card with you when you come to the hospital.  It is recommended to have two bags packed when you arrive.  A "labor and delivery" bag and an "after delivery" bag for you and your baby.

Suggested items to pack for labor and delivery include:

  • Eyeglasses
  • A bathrobe, nightgown, warm socks and slippers
  • Extra pillows
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Lip balm
  • Barrettes or rubber bands to tie back hair
  • Magazines, books, playing cards, etc.
  • Phone numbers of friends and family

The bag for you and your baby might include:

  • Toiletries, such as shampoo, cosmetics, etc.
  • Support or Nursing bra
  • Phone and camera charger
  • Loose fitting clothes
  • "Going Home" outfit for you and the baby
  • Baby book
  • Baby car seat- the state of South Carolina requires you to have an approved infant seat to take your baby home.
How do I get a birth certificate and social security card for my baby?

Information for the birth certificate will be collected during your stay in The BirthPlace. Also, you will be able to apply for your baby’s social security card. A copy of the official birth certificate may be obtained from the Horry County Health Department approximately two (2) weeks after your baby’s birth. For questions regarding this, please call, 843-248-3958 or visit http://www.scdhec.gov/VitalRecords/BirthCertificates/ for more information.

How do I choose a pediatrician for my baby?
Choosing the right doctor for your baby is an important decision and we recommend choosing a pediatrician before you give birth.  You can call our physician referral line at 843-347-8108 to get information about pediatricians in the area or visit our online physician directory to see a full listing of pediatricians.

Here are some tips to help you choose the right pediatrician:

  • Start searching for a pediatrician before your baby is born to give yourself time to interview several doctors in person. Evaluate your doctor’s communication skills and bedside manner.
  • Consider the location of the pediatrician’s office. Do you want it close to home or work?
  • Find out the doctor’s office hours and how after-hours calls are handled.