COVID-19 and pregnancy - An update for our patients
We would like to take this opportunity to update you about your maternity care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and assure you that our dedicated team of expert nurses, physicians and midwives are committed to providing safe and effective care to every patient who walks through our doors.
Women’s Services at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center offers many services to ensure your health, as well as your baby’s health. It is our priority to provide the highest level of care for you and your baby in a compassionate environment.
Having delivered more than 40,500 babies since our inception, we’ve learned a few things about helping deliver the cherished event you hope for.
We understand that your baby belongs to you, to your family, and not to the hospital. We are committed to giving each of you the education and support your family needs to welcome your new baby into your lives.
Mother-baby care, or couplet care, is not the same as rooming in, where you are expected to care for your baby by yourself after childbirth. Instead, the same nurse cares for both mom and baby in the comfort and convenience of her room. As the mother, it is your decision when your baby leaves your room.
Benefits of Couplet Care:
- Smoother adjustment
- Better communication
- More confidence through better education
- Peace of mind having your baby at your side
- Breastfeeding is easier and likely to be more successful
- Your baby will cry less and be more stable at your side
- No special moments are missed
- Family bonding is promoted
The highly skilled surgeons at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center are helping to revolutionize minimally invasive gynecologic surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System, the nation’s leading robotic technology. The da Vinci® System enables our surgeons to perform the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision. The results include less scarring, less pain, better outcomes and quicker recovery times. This minimally invasive surgical option yields maximum results for patients, and can be used to treat the following health issues:
- 4 labor rooms and 12 recovery suites
- Private delivery suites and private recovery suites
- 24-hour anesthesia coverage
- Level II NICU Unit
- Qualified Postpartum Nurses to care for you and your baby after delivery
- Experienced Obstetricians, Anesthesiologists and Neonatologists who collaborate with the healthcare team to provide you with quality care
- Couplet Care
- Hugs Infant Security Program
- Centralized Fetal Monitoring System
As the only Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the tri-county area, we are uniquely qualified to care for premature and critically ill babies. When a premature childbirth is anticipated or a mother is considered high-risk, our neonatologists are available to consult with parents and address their questions and concerns. We also understand that for every baby in the NICU, there is a family that needs comfort. The NICU staff, including neonatologists, neonatal nurses, therapists and pharmacy staff work together to keep you informed and provide support while providing the highest level of care for your baby. While in the NICU, we will also provide guidance in making breastfeeding decisions and help you plan ahead for discharge when your baby is healthy and ready to head home.
We hope you never need this service, but it’s good to know it’s there when you need it. Our Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has neonatologists available 24/7.
Pediatric ER at Walton Beach
Our Pediatric ER is the only one of its kind in the tri-county area including Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa Counties. In order to better meet the needs of our youngest patients, the pediatric ER is a separate exam area open 24/7 that is dedicated solely to treating the emergency healthcare needs of infants, children and teens. There is even a separate waiting area just for children and their parents.
- Pediatric triage
- Pediatric-friendly rooms
- Pediatric-friendly beds
- Specially trained emergency staff
A new state-of-the-art infant security system enhances your baby's safety and your peace of mind. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center installed the Hugs® Infant Protection System to safeguard its infants and children.
Each infant wears a comfortable and unobtrusive Hugs tag attached by the means of a soft tamper-proof strap around his or her ankle. Alarms are generated if the strap is cut or tampered with, if the infant is moved to an unauthorized zone, or if the tag's signal is no longer detected. The system activates security cameras which record activity at the door at the time of the alarm and one minute prior to the alarm.
Other women’s services offered:
Please call Consult-A-Nurse®, 24/7, for a free physician referral or to speak with a registered nurse about your health questions at (850) 864-0213.
Due to visitor restrictions, we are not offering in-person tours at FWB Medical Center. However, please feel free to take a virtual tour of our Labor and Delivery floor prior to your due date. We hope to resume in person tours soon.