Changes in obstetrical care may affect your delivery
If you are currently expecting baby—or planning to have a baby in the near future—it’s important that you are aware of several changes in obstetrical care in Beaufort County and how they might affect your delivery.
We realize these changes may have caused confusion in the community, and we want you as expectant parents to understand your options for care in order to ensure that your birthing experience goes smoothly.
We hope this information is helpful to you and your family. On behalf of our entire staff we look forward to being a part of one of the most important moments in your family’s life.
FAQS ABOUT OB CARE IN THE BEAUFORT AREA
What changes have occurred that might affect my delivery?
Some of the recent changes include:
- Several local OB-GYNs moved their hospital privileges to – and are delivering babies at – Coastal Carolina Hospital in Jasper County;
- Beaufort Memorial opened its own Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists practice;
- Naval Hospital relocated its OB-GYNs to North Carolina.
Is Beaufort Memorial still offering birthing services?
YES! The Birthing Center at Beaufort Memorial remains committed to providing quality obstetrical care and birthing services, continuing its 70-year tradition of delivering babies right here in the Beaufort community. However, it’s important for patients to understand that only physicians who are on the Beaufort Memorial medical staff are able to deliver in our Birthing Center. These include physicians who are associated either with Beaufort Memorial Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists or with Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services.
How can I find out where my baby will be delivered?
We recommend that you first clarify with your current OB-GYN provider where he or she has hospital privileges and, as a result, will be delivering your baby.
If I want to deliver my baby in Beaufort, what are my options for care?
Earlier this year the hospital opened its own OB-GYN practice in order to ensure that birthing services will always be available in Beaufort County. Our four board-certified OB-GYNs are delivering babies exclusively at the BMH Birthing Center. All four doctors are accepting new patients.
Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services is another option for obstetrical care and delivery at Beaufort Memorial.
Our obstetricians, pediatricians and staff are ready to provide you and your
baby with excellent care.
To learn which physicians are members of our medical staff, visit our website at beaufortmemorial.org or call our physician referral line at 522-5585. If you would like to visit the BMH Birthing Center, free tours are held on the first and third Mondays of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Check in at the Birthing Center lobby to begin your tour.
What if I have a health emergency while I’m pregnant?
If your OB-GYN does not have privileges at Beaufort Memorial but you find yourself in an emergency situation and need to come to Beaufort Memorial for care, a member of our medical staff will handle your emergency and, if necessary, deliver your baby. Please be assured that we will take care of
you regardless of who is the attending OB-GYN, and will reach out to your own OB-GYN to coordinate the best care possible for you and your baby.