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EGRMC Keeping Moms and Babies Safe During the Pandemic

East Georgia Regional Medical Center (EGRMC) welcomed more than 1500 newborns in 2020 and is prepared to deliver more this year

The delivery of babies has been a happy event for the labor and delivery team at EGRMC over the past year. Well over a thousand infants have taken their first breath at the hospital and been a welcome sight in the midst of the global pandemic.

While the virus has changed many things in the world – the hospital’s childbirth center and nursery are a pleasant constant, located in a separate, enclosed area to provide specialized care and services. A dedicated team of nurses and obstetricians work exclusively with the moms and babies through delivery and post-partum care.

“Caring for moms and newborns is our privilege, and we strive to always provide the very best care possible to our moms as they experience the joy of bringing a new life into this world,” said Marie Burdett, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at East Georgia Regional Medical Center. “Our Women’s Pavilion is designed with safety in mind and staffed with experienced labor & delivery, postpartum, lactation, and nursery nurses.”

Pre-natal care remains critical and women are encouraged to stay in contact with their obstetrician and keep their appointments to be sure their pregnancy is on track. And once baby is here, regular visits to the pediatrician are important to help them thrive.

The hospital and physician clinics keep the safety of their patients as the top priority. Many
actions have been taken to enhance infection prevention and support social distancing to
maintain a safe environment during the pandemic.

When an expectant mom arrives at the hospital, she goes to the Women’s Pavilion’s main
entrance where staff will check her temperature and complete a screening questionnaire. Moms
can have one support person stay with them in their room throughout their stay. The individual
must screen negative for COVID-19 and wear a mask at all times.

“Moms can feel more comfortable knowing we are taking necessary precautions for their
safety,” added Burdett. “Each one of the moms who deliver here receive the individualized care
they need and deserve at this most special time in their lives.”

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