Womens and Children's Services

RMC is Alabama's First Baby Friendly Hospital.

RMC is the first home for more than 1,600 newborns each year. RMC’s Women’s and Children’s Center is staffed with specially trained nurses and the latest in Labor, Delivery, and Recovery Care to ensure new moms of the safest and most comfortable surroundings for the birth experience.

Proper care and medical attention for newborns and infants are top priority at the Center. Specific services found at RMC’s Women’s and Children’s Center include:

  • Ten birthing rooms
  • Level 2 Special Care Nursery
  • Prenatal education for parents
  • Prepared childbirth classes
  • Certified lactation specialists: 256-235-5132 ext. 1
  • Rooming In
  • Newborn hearing screenings
  • Skin to Skin Care after delivery
  • "Security Blanket" 24-hour hotline for new parents at (256) 235-5631
  • Bereavement program for parents who have lost children due to miscarriage, still birth, newborn death, or early childhood death. For information call 256-235-5132 ext. 2

Whether your baby is your first or fifth child, RMC is ready to help you make the experience a safe and happy one! For more information, call (256) 235-5132.

Recent Research on Breastfeeding

"Breastfed infants between 2 and 3 months are more easily aroused, implicating prevention of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)" - Archives of Diseases in Childhood, January 2004.

"Breastfeeding sucessful among infants with congenital heart disease, giving mothers a sense of participation in thier child's care" - Pediatric Nursing 2004.

"Breastfeeding benefits last past infancy, protecting against heart disease and stroke. During teens 14% had lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, and rate of growth of breastfeeding infants is slower, resulting in long term cardiovascular health." - The Lancet, May 2004.

"Breastfeeding safeguards infants from death due to infectious dieseases" - Pedatrics, May 2004.

"One month of breastfeeding in infancy results in less physical and psychological problems in adulthood. Males in particular suffered less stress later in life." - American Psychological Association, May 2004.

"Children who were bottle-fed or used pacifiers are at rist of dental problems in preschool. ...pacifiers appeared to affect bite patterns...bottle feeding may also affect jaw alignment because it requires more powerful sucking than from the breast" - Archives of Disease in Childhood, December 2004.

"Breastfeeding for even a few months may lower the odds that a child will develop leukemia. Lond term breastfeeding was linked to a 24% lower risk of acute lympoblastic leukemia (ALL). Breastfeeding 6 months or less reduced ALL by 12%. - Reuters Health, November 2004.

"Breastfeeding for a total of 2 years or more reduces a woman's risk for rheumatoid arthritis by 50% - Arthritis and Rheumatism, November 2004.

"Breastfed babies grow up to have lower blood pressure than bottle fed infants." Formula fed infants tend to "overeat, causing too rapid weight gain. This (formula feeding) in turn is "associated with higher blood pressure and promotes insulin resistance, which often precedes development of diabetes in adulthood". - The American Heart Association & University of Bristol in Britain / Epidemiology and Public Health, 2004.

Kangaroo care is "safe, leads to less severe infections, encourages breastfeeding, increases neurological development, and aids in infant development." - British Medical Journal, November 13, 2004