Maternity Services

Beautiful Beginnings at Baptist

At Baptist North Mississippi, we believe every birth is a beautiful beginning, and we are here to assist you and your family in the transition to parenthood. We encourage you to learn as much as possible about your baby’s needs with our staff’s support.  Our family-focused approach enables us to personalize care for each new family based on your values and beliefs.

Prepared Childbirth Class

Classes are offered for expecting parents wanting more information on topics including: Delivering at Baptist, Relaxation, Post-partum Care, Newborn Care, Breastfeeding, Pediatrician visits, Infant CPR, and a tour of the labor and delivery floor.  Reservations Required.

Labor & Delivery, Post-Partum and Newborn Care

We recommend that you discuss your plans for the birth of your baby in advance with your obstetrician, pediatrician and family members. You will want the support of all these people when it comes to having the positive birth experience you desire. Upon arrival at the hospital, please make sure your nurse is made aware 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.

First Hour

First Hour is 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.


  • 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 over the years to come.
  • 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. (Please note that not all procedures may be able to be done during skin-to-skin.)

Family Quiet Time

Each day, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., the lights dim and the pace slows down on the Post-Partum floor during Family Quiet Time. We know that having a baby is hard work. You deserve some rest, uninterrupted by visitors and staff. Once your initial recovery period is over (usually about 6 hours after delivery), you are eligible for Family Quiet Time. Unless you call the nurses' station with a request, we will leave you alone during these hours. Visitors will be asked to leave a message and return later. 

This is a great opportunity to take a nap, breastfeed your baby in peace or just spend some time skin-to-skin bonding with your baby.

Lactation Services

Breastfeeding Support Group

The group meets every Friday (except holidays) from 10:30am to noon on the Labor & Delivery floor of the hospital.  It is a great opportunity to talk and meet with other moms, check your baby’s weight, and meet with our nurses and lactation consultant.  Check in at the nurses’ desk each week.  The support group is open to nursing mothers.

Breastfeeding Resource Center

As a service to our new breastfeeding moms, we offer follow-up breastfeeding appointments. At the appointment, our lactation consultant will check your baby's weight, allow you to nurse your baby and assist you with any latching issues and then weigh your baby after feeding to determine if your milk supply will meet the growing needs of your baby. Appointments are required and are offered at no cost to our patients.

Breastfeeding Classes

Single-session classes cover the basics of breastfeeding, which includes the advantages of breastfeeding, getting off to a good start, troubleshooting, going back to work, using a pump and where to go for additional resources and help.  You are encouraged to bring anyone who will be supporting your breastfeeding to this important class. Breastfeeding Classes are offered on months that Childbirth Classes are not being held. 

*All of our classes are free for patients who will deliver at Baptist North Mississippi. Patients not delivering Baptist North Mississippi patients are welcome at all classed and should call for fee information. Reservations are requested: Call 662-636-3011.

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Notice about Pacifiers and Formula at Baptist North Mississippi

Pacifiers are only available if medically necessary. If you want your baby to have a pacifier, you may bring them from home. If you are breastfeeding, we will not give your baby bottles with formula unless medically necessary.