You want the best beginning for your baby. That’s why Clark Memorial Health’s Family Birth Place is here. Our staff works together with you and your doctor to develop a personalized birthing plan that fits your needs, and that of your family. We’ve developed close relationships with several OB/GYN practices in Jeffersonville, Clarksville and other areas of Clark County and southern Indiana. Together, we care for you so you can care for your baby.
Women can have a natural, drug-free childbirth in our hospital. Whether you choose to deliver with a physician or a nurse-midwife, Clark Memorial works with you to achieve your desired birth plan. We offer many options in our hospital including drug-free birth, labor tubs, and nitrous oxide and we welcome the use of doulas during labor and delivery.
Clark Memorial Hospital features the region’s first level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). This partnership with Norton Children’s Hospital means you have access to specialty care close to home, when you need it. Our state-of-the-art facility is equipped to care for infants delivered as early as 32 weeks gestation. Thanks to collaboration with Norton’s neonatologists, we provide extra support for babies with medical conditions that are expected to resolve quickly or associated with premature birth.
We’re committed to promoting maternal/infant bonding through practices like early skin-to-skin care. For vaginal deliveries, we aid moms in placing the infant in kangaroo care immediately after delivery. For cesarean sections, we have a dedicated team of nurses in the operating room who help place the baby in kangaroo care as quickly and safely as possible.
Our Breastfeeding Center offers classes, lactation consultation, breastfeeding supplies and other breastfeeding support services. We’re incredibly compassionate about helping moms start and continue breastfeeding successfully or feed formula safely.
Clark Memorial is a designated Milk Depot and receives donated breast milk from carefully screened donors. Upon receipt of the breast milk, the Lactation Consultants package and send the milk to The Milk Bank in Indianapolis. The Milk Bank pasteurizes, freezes and distributes breast milk throughout the United States.
NEST is a comprehensive and compassionate care program for pregnant women and babies affected by Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) ---during pregnancy and beyond. It is a collaboration between Clark Memorial Health, Norton Healthcare, Southern Indiana Treatment Center (SITC) and Total Healthcare for Women. If you're pregnant and being treated with an opiate medication for chronic pain, SUD or other conditions, the NEST program can help guide you to healthier outcomes for you and your newborn. Treatment services like this can be hard to find, but they’re incredibly important to the health of our community. Our treatment plan offers knowledgeable, supportive staff who are skilled in caring for pregnant mothers with addiction, as well as their babies. For more information, call 812.946.2855.
Clark Memorial has been recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Gold Safe Sleep Champion,” for their commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.
The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids®, the only national infant safe sleep organization.
Each year, 3500 infants die in the United States from sleep related deaths and Indiana ranks 8 among states with the highest infant mortality rate which includes Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID). SUID is the death of an infant less than one year of age that occurs suddenly.
For more information, please visit: ABC's of Safe Sleep
Most infant deaths related to unsafe sleep practices are preventable. For more information on infant safe sleep practices, please visit: Safe Sleep Recommendations
Families will receive safe sleep education and a free safe sleep sack at discharge with a safe sleep book.