Birth Center Care Team
Rely on your Adventist HealthCare Birth Center team for skilled care and support – so you can focus on yourself and your new baby.
At the Birth Center, you’ll have 24-hour access to a board-certified obstetrician, pediatrician, nurses and other specialists. Your care team will communicate with the provider who gave you prenatal care so you have the best possible experience.
Collaborative, Multidisciplinary Team
Depending on your needs, birth plan and baby’s health, your team may include:
- Anesthesiologist – Doctor who offers pain management during labor, if desired, and anesthesia during a surgical procedure such as a Cesarean section (C-section)
- Lactation consultant – Expert in breastfeeding who offers support and education
- Nurse anesthetist – Nurse who can offer pain management during labor or anesthesia during surgery
- Nurse-midwife – Advanced practice registered nurse (RN) who provides primary care and delivers babies
- Obstetrician – Physician who specializes in childbirth and caring for women during and after pregnancy
- Patient care technician – Professional who provides hands-on care and may serve meals, change bedding and assist with using the restroom
- Perinatologist, also known as a maternal-fetal medicine doctor – Obstetrician with advanced training to care for high-risk pregnancies
- Registered nurse – Nurse who helps with your medical care and may be certified in neonatal care, obstetrics, lactation or maternal-newborn care
Can I Have a Doula?
If your Birth Plan includes a doula, your doula can be present during childbirth at Shady Grove Medical Center and/or White Oak Medical Center. Your Adventist HealthCare providers will work with your doula so you get support during labor.
Your Baby’s Care Providers
After birth, your newborn will receive care and have certain screening tests. Your baby’s providers may include:
- Audiologist and audiologist technician – Specialists who check your baby’s hearing
- Neonatologist – Pediatrician who cares for newborn babies, especially babies who are premature (preemies) or babies with special needs, in the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or special care nursery
- Newborn assessment nurse – Nurse who gives your baby a physical examination and monitors your baby’s health and wellbeing after birth
- Pediatrician – Doctor who gives primary care to children from birth to age 21