Baptist DeSoto Maternity Care

Becoming a mom is one of life’s most rewarding milestones. Baptist understands not only the importance of your prenatal care, but also the benefits of having a comfortable setting for labor and delivery.

Beautiful Beginnings at Baptist

At Baptist DeSoto, we believe every birth is a beautiful beginning, and we are here to assist you and your family in the transition to new, or renewed, parenthood. Our service and care are designed to help you to learn as much as possible about your baby’s needs and your own well-being. And our family-focused approach enables us to personalize our care for each new family based on your values and beliefs.

We recommend that you discuss your birth plans in advance with your obstetrician, pediatrician and family members. You will want their support so you can have the positive birth experience you desire. Upon arrival at the hospital, please inform your nurse of your desires, as well. While you cannot prepare for every possibility, having a birth plan will ensure your preferences are known, and we will make every effort to accommodate your wishes.

The Women’s Pavilion

The Women’s Pavilion at Baptist DeSoto is a facility dedicated to the care for women and newborns. It features an advanced infant security system to ensure your and your baby’s safety. The nurses and staff have extensive experience in caring for obstetrical, surgical, chronic and acute care gynecological patients.

The Pavilion also features advanced diagnostic systems, including three digital mammography units, two with 3-D mammography capabilities, a GE ultrasound unit, and a bone density unit to test for diseases such as breast cancer and osteoporosis. We believe in complete care for our patients, and our dedicated, compassionate team of nurses and staff are here for you.

Labor, Delivery, and Recovery (LDR) Rooms

Every birth experience is unique, and our goal is to make your experience memorable, joyful and safe, so we do all we can to ensure you can go through labor, delivery and recovery in one room. Each of our nine private LDR rooms is specially designed to provide a comfortable and intimate setting for you, your newborn and your family. Each room is equipped with a radiant warming bed to keep your baby warm when receiving care.

Postpartum Unit and Level II Nursery

The 24-bed postpartum mother/baby unit offers comfortable rooms with private baths and couches for family. Our Level II nursery is equipped with 10 nursery beds and provides enhanced care and treatment for newborns with special needs.

Obstetric Emergency Department

Baptist DeSoto’s five-bed obstetric emergency department (OBED), located in the Women’s Pavilion, is staffed around the clock with board-certified OB/GYN doctors to care for you when something doesn’t feel right. You can count on us to provide immediate care for pregnancy or postpartum related emergencies.

Baby-Friendly Designation

Baptist DeSoto has earned the Baby Friendly® designation. This prestigious international award recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.

The honor was bestowed by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc., the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The criteria for the designation is based on Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and are designed to set the standards for the best possible breastfeeding support for mother and infant in the maternity setting, ensuring high-quality care in this critical area of mother/baby care.

The Baby-Friendly designation is for a period of five years. Each year, Baptist DeSoto reports statistics related to the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding to achieve re-designation.

First Hour

The first hour of a child’s life is critical to breastfeeding success. That’s why we developed First Hour, a wonderful opportunity for you and your newborn to spend some quality time, skin-to-skin. After delivery, your infant will be gently dried and then placed on your chest under your gown, wearing nothing but a hat and diaper. Our specially trained nurses will help you position yourself and your baby for comfort and ease of breastfeeding. We will delay any medical tasks until you have had a chance to get to know your new baby. Even if your plan is to feed your baby formula, skin-to-skin care has many other benefits. Even dad can participate in skin-to-skin care if mom doesn't feel up to it or if she is in surgery.

Benefits of First Hour

Breastfeeding: Studies have shown that mothers who participate in skin-to-skin care during the first hour of life have increased milk production and longer duration of breastfeeding. Mothers are more confident in their ability to successfully breastfeed, as well.

Promotion of bonding: When mothers and babies engage during First Hour, it promotes verbal and affectionate interaction. This contact lays the foundation for the mother/baby bond.

Pain relief: Studies have shown that painful procedures are less painful if done while baby is being held skin-to-skin. In fact, babies that have had the opportunity to participate in skin-to-skin care cry less in general — even after discharge from the hospital.

Education Opportunities

The Women’s Pavilion at Baptist DeSoto provides several monthly prenatal classes, free of charge. Our goal is to offer evidence-based education for parents and support persons. Our Women’s Pavilion staff teach all of our classes.

Prepared Childbirth Class

Expecting families plan for birth and gain knowledge in the birthing journey. The class covers topics such as early labor, stages of active labor, non-medicated and medicated birthing options, medical interventions during vaginal and cesarean births, immediate postpartum timeframe and more. Approximately 3 hours.

All classes are offered free of charge and reservations are required. Please call 662-772-2296 for dates, times and to register for an in-person or online class.

Breastfeeding Class

This class discusses getting off to a good start, what to expect, milk production and transfer, how to achieve an effective latch, holding baby, troubleshooting, pumping, return to work and finding lactation help. Approximately 2 hours.

All classes are offered free of charge and reservations are required. Please call 662-772-2296 for dates, times and to register for an in-person or online class.

Newborn Basics Class

Covers a variety of topics such as basic newborn knowledge, what to expect initially after birth, daily infant care and hygiene, car seat safety and what to do in case of an emergency. Approximately 2 hours. All classes are offered free of charge and reservations are required. Please call 662-772-2296 for dates, times and to register for an in-person or online class.