The Women’s and Children’s Center of East Alabama Medical Center offers a wide array of services, ranging from prenatal care to pediatrics. We welcome approximately 1,700 little miracles into the world each year. Our physicians and staff are here to provide care and services from the time you learn you are pregnant, through delivery, and beyond.

Our group of caring nurses, physicians, lactation consultants and other clinical staff are dedicated to providing high-quality, high-tech care with a personal touch. Many of the nurses in the EAMC Women’s and Children’s Center have worked here for years – they are experienced and passionate about their work and the patients they care for.

East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC) is a 314-bed acute-care regional referral center serving east Alabama and west Georgia. With 2,700 employees, EAMC is the second largest employer in Lee County. In 2010, EAMC became the first hospital in Alabama to be certified in advanced inpatient diabetes care by The Joint Commission (TJC), and it has also been designated as a Blue Distinction Center® for Knee and Hip Replacement by BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama. As a result of EAMC’s vision to become a national leader in quality, cost and service, it was recently named a top performer in the Premier healthcare alliance’s QUEST: High Performing Hospitals® collaborative.

Baby Friendly

EAMC strives to join 172 other hospitals in the U.S. by achieving Baby Friendly status. What is Baby Friendly and why is it important?

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Our Physicians

The obstetricians/gynecologists on the medical staff at EAMC-Lanier are dedicated to their patients and our mission of providing high-quality, compassionate health care.

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Visitors & Security

We know that family and friends want to visit with you and your new baby. Please see the information below for visiting and quiet time hours

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Mother's Nook

The Mother's Nook

The Women’s and Children’s Center has its own mom and baby boutique called The Mother’s Nook. It is located on the 3rd floor.

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Baby Friendly EAMC


EAMC strives to join 172 other hospitals in the U.S. by achieving Baby Friendly status. What is Baby Friendly and why is it important?

Baby Friendly EAMC

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program that was launched by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. The purpose of the initiative is to encourage hospitals and birthing centers to offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding. It assists hospitals in giving all mothers the information, confidence, and skills necessary to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies or feeding formula safely, and gives special recognition to hospitals that have done so.

To be designated as a Baby Friendly Hospital, East Alabama Medical Center must adhere to The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. These ten steps were developed by a team of global experts and consist of evidence-based practices that have been shown to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration.

The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding


  1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
  2. Train all health care staff in the skills necessary to implement this policy.
  3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
  5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
  6. Give infants no food or drink other than breast-milk, unless medically indicated.
  7. Practice rooming in - allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
  8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
  9. Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants.
  10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital.

The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding form the basis of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a worldwide breastfeeding quality improvement project created by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund.

Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers also uphold the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes by offering parents support, education, and educational materials that promote the use of human milk rather than other infant food or drinks, and by refusing to accept or distribute free or subsidized supplies of breast milk substitutes, nipples, and other feeding devices.

What Baby Friendly Means For You


Baby Friendly hospitals have demonstrated that they meet the gold standard for mother/baby care practices related to breastfeeding. That means that after delivery, your baby will stay close to you for bonding and to make breastfeeding easier. Our policies also allow you and your baby to stay together day and night (assuming your baby doesn't need special care in the nursery) so you can get to know each other. Being together gives you more opportunities to learn about normal baby behavior, and if you have questions about your baby or breastfeeding, our staff will be there for you.

Our nurses and Lactation Consultants will carefully assess your baby’s feeding so that any early problems can be taken care of quickly. They also will assist you in breastfeeding so that you feel more confident. Furthermore, if breastfeeding worries arise after you and your baby go home, our Lactation Consultants are available by phone or in-person consultations to help you solve feeding problems.

Please be aware, however, that while we will first and foremost encourage and support breastfeeding, we will not ignore or deny the needs of those women who choose to formula-feed their babies. They will still be given formula for their feedings while in our care.

Baby Friendly Hospital Handout

Our Physicians


The obstetricians/gynecologists on the medical staff at EAMC and EAMC-Lanier are dedicated to their patients and our mission of providing high-quality, compassionate health care. They are a part of our team that includes physicians, nurses, care technicians, lactation consultants and educators, dietitians and social workers.

What services do obstetricians/gynecologists provide?


The services offered may vary depending on the specialty and advanced training of the OB/GYN. Some physicians choose to practice only obstetrics; others may choose to practice only gynecology. Many OB/GYNs choose to practice both specialties and offer a variety of services.

  • Prenatal care
  • Labor and birth care
  • Annual gynecologic exams, including Pap smear test and breast exam
  • Contraceptive counseling
  • Sexually transmitted disease treatment
  • Abnormal Pap test treatment, including colposcopy, cryosurgery and cone biopsy
  • Acute and chronic medical conditions such as endometriosis
  • Infertility diagnosis and treatment
  • Menopause management

EAMC Physicians

2000 Pepperell Parkway
Opelika, AL 36801
Tel (334)749-3411

FIND AN EAMC PHYSICIAN

Lanier Physicians

4800 48th Street
Valley, AL 36854
Tel (334)756-9180

FIND A LANIER PHYSICIAN

Visitors & Security


We know that family and friends want to visit with you and your new baby. Please see the information below for visiting and quiet time hours in the Women’s and Children’s Center.

Visitors

Visiting hours on the Mother-Baby Unit are 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., and from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. For the safety and security of our patients, we ask that all visitors stop and register at the reception desk, located across from the elevators on the third floor, prior to visiting friends and family.

We have Quiet Time from 2-4 p.m. in order to give new families a rest period before the evening hours. Visiting is limited during this time.

Visitation Hours


9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Quiet Time from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Security


Your new baby will have a security bracelet and identification bracelet placed right after birth. These tags will help us account for baby’s location at all times. To aid in security, staff wear badges with a unique emblem that we will share with you on arrival. This emblem identifies staff as Maternal/Child Services employees. It is your right to ask to see the employee badge of any caregiver who enters your room. When your baby is with you, keep him or her in your sight at all times and keep the crib by the side of your bed opposite the door.

The Mother's Nook


The Women’s and Children’s Center has its own mom and baby boutique called The Mother’s Nook. The Mother’s Nook features a full line of gifts and necessities for mom and baby, including apparel, toys, breastfeeding pumps and breastfeeding supplies.

The Mother’s Nook is a mom/baby boutique located in Women’s and Children’s Services on the 3rd floor of EAMC. There are many wonderful (and adorable!) items available, including infant and preemie clothes, breast pumps and supplies, nursing pillows, pajamas and gowns for mom, bras and nursing camisoles, and so much more! It also features a special private room for nursing moms to feed, pump, or try on nursing bras, camisoles and nursing shirts.

The Mother’s Nook also offers a gift registry, gift cards and gift wrapping. Our lactation specialists will be available to help you choose the perfect gift item or necessity.

Mother's Nook

Phone


334-528-3600

Store Hours


Monday thru Friday 10 am to 6 pm
Saturday 10 am to 2 pm
Sunday closed

Do you need more information?

We tried to include information about every facet of pregnancy and childbirth at EAMC on our web site, but if you still have questions, please feel free to contact us and we will respond within 48 hours.