Family-Centered Maternity Care

At Greenville Health System's Womenís Hospital, our goal is to provide Family-Centered Maternity Care (FCMC). FCMC integrates pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and infant care in the continuum of the family life cycle as a normal, healthy event. This care is tailored for each woman and her family and recognizes the importance of family support, participation and choice. FCMC is based on 10 principles:

1. Childbirth is viewed as wellness, not illness. Care is directed to maintaining labor, birth, postpartum and newborn care as a normal life event involving dynamic emotional, social and physical changes.

2. Prenatal care is personalized according to the psychosocial, educational, physical, spiritual, and cultural needs of each woman and her family.

3. A comprehensive program of perinatal education prepares families for active participation throughout the evolving process of preconception, pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.

4. The hospital team assists the family in making informed choices for their care during pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, and newborn care and strives to provide them with the experience they desire.

5. The father and/or other support person(s) of the motherís choice is actively involved in the educational process, labor, birth, postpartum and newborn care.

6. Whenever the mother wishes, family and friends are encouraged to be present during the entire hospital stay, including labor and birth.

7. Each womanís labor and birth care are provided in the same location unless a cesarean birth is needed. When possible, postpartum and newborn care are given in the same location and by the same caregiver.

8. Mothers (not nurses) are the preferred care providers for their infants. When mothers are caring for their babies, the nursing role changes from performing direct patient care to facilitating the care given to the mother or family.

9. When mother-baby care occurs, the same nurse cares for the mother and baby couplet as a single family unit, even when they are briefly separated.

10. Parents have access to their high-risk newborns at all times and are included in their care as much as possible.