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For Very Special Deliveries
At Odessa Regional Medical Center, we’ve been bringing new life into the world for over 40 years. Founded in 1975 as Women’s and Children’s Hospital, ORMC has built its reputation as the top childbirth facility in the area. This year, over 2,700 babies will be born at our hospital. There’s a reason that ORMC delivers more babies than any other healthcare facility in the Permian Basins. It’s because we view each new life as a miracle to celebrate, and our experienced team of doctors, nurses and other professionals are dedicated to helping your baby get the best possible start.
ORMC’s Antepartum Unit’s nursing staff cares for expectant moms who are experiencing complications during their pregnancy that require hospitalization. This eleven-bed unit is equipped with comfortable private rooms, equipped with specialized equipment to monitor complicated pregnancies. This unit is supported by ORMC’s high risk pregnancy physicians Jorge D. Blanco, Joseph P. Bruner, Byron D. Elliott and Joseph N. Bottalico
Labor, Delivery and Recovery
For the birth of your baby, we’ve prepared a private, spacious, Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) suite. With an adjustable bed and reclining sleeper for your coach, our suites are designed to increase your comfort during labor. Each suite is also fully equipped to help ensure a safe delivery and outstanding medical care for the first hours of your baby’s life.
If you require a Cesarean section, we also have surgical suites dedicated to women’s services, so you will be able to deliver your baby in an operating room located right in our maternity unit.
As the Permian Basin’s first choice for childbirth, we know how important this time is for you and your family. We will provide you a comfortable, private postpartum room for your recovery. While you and your family focus all attention on your new baby, your needs will be the postpartum staff’s focus. Our licensed massage therapist will help you relax each afternoon when she stops in to pamper you. And when you’re hungry, you can select a gourmet meal from our room service menu.
The postpartum nursing staff works to accommodate your needs as you recover from delivery. They also help you become a confident new parent by providing breastfeeding support and parenting education. Our lactation consultants are available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help our new mothers with breastfeeding. Many new parents need to build up confidence as “mom” or “dad” by learning such things as caring for the umbilical cord, bathing techniques, burping methods and immunization requirements. Our helpful staff will cover your questions before you take home your sweet new addition.
We encourage mothers to keep their new babies in their rooms as much as possible. Rooming in gives families time to bond and helps new parents learn how to care for their infant with the professional assistance of our nursing staff. We also offer in-room television programming to educate new parents about infant care.
Our well baby nursery is available for mothers who want to rest without their baby in the room or who are not able to care for their newborns. ORMC’s nursery staff works hand-in-hand with your pediatrician to provide quality care for your baby. With advancements such as infant hearing screenings, your baby will literally be examined from head to toe. We also contract with a photographer who will come into your room to photograph your baby while you are here if you are interested.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
As the first neonatal Intensive Care unit in the Permian Basin, Odessa Regional Medical Center provides highly-trained nurses and respiratory therapists to support a board-certified neonatologist in meeting the special needs of newborns and premature infants. Our level III, 33-bed NICU is equipped with advanced incubation and monitoring equipment to provide a range of critical care services for these fragile newborns. With state of the art equipment such as nitric oxide therapy, and head cooling technology, coupled with a respected transport team, babies from as far away as Alpine, Texas, and Hobbs, New Mexico, are transported into our NICU for immediate care.
We offer lactation assistance for mothers who choose to breastfeed. All our nurses are trained in lactation and can help you learn the best techniques for feeding your baby and how to be sure your baby is getting enough milk.
We know you will want friends and loved ones to share in your joy when you welcome your new baby to the world. We maintain a family-centered approach and offer flexible visiting hours and comfortable waiting areas for your guests.
Mommy Bonding Time
ORMC believes that bonding between mothers and their new babies is very important. To allow our new mothers quiet time with their babies, we have Mommy Bonding Time from 1 to 4 p.m. each day. During this time, visitation is limited to only the mother’s significant other. We ask that all visitors respect this quiet time and plan your visit from 8am-1pm or 4pm-8pm daily.
Our comprehensive infant security plan is designed to protect our tiniest patients and to help ensure they stay safe in the hospital.
In addition to other security measures, we use a high-tech electronic surveillance system to keep track of each baby. After birth, we place a small monitoring band around your baby’s ankle, where it remains until you take the baby home. The band, which is completely safe, transmits an electronic signal to a nursing station and alerts nurses if a baby ever moves too close to a maternity unit exit.