The Birthplace at Palmetto Health Richland offers a full range of childbirth services, from prenatal classes to the latest in labor and delivery techniques, as well as the best post-natal care for mom and baby.
Our gynecologists and obstetricians offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment methods, including procedures such as amniocentesis, genetic testing and counseling, CVS (an early diagnostic tool for your baby) and ultrasound. We pride ourselves in making sure our patients have the birth experience they deserve and have achieved the prestigious Baby-Friendly Designation.
Palmetto Health Richland Women's Services
5 Richland Medical Park Dr.
Columbia, SC 29203
Palmetto Health Richland is designated as a Baby-Friendly hospital, which means we promote breastfeeding through rooming-in, encouragement of skin-to-skin contact, and lactation support. Our internationally board-certified lactation experts can provide the encouragement and support you need to learn to breast-feed successfully, and our childbirth educators will answer any questions you have about caring for your little one once you return home.
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Breastfeeding your baby is very important. Studies have shown that a breastfed baby has a shorter hospital stay, less risk of infections, decreased IV nutrition and improved feeding tolerance. We provide lactation consultants and breastfeeding education services for all nursing mothers throughout Palmetto Health Women's and Neonatal Services.
Our services also include outpatient lactation follow-up appointments for intervention and support of nursing mothers by an internationally board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). We provide a breastfeeding help phone line with a 24-hour voicemail service to breastfeeding moms with questions or problems.
Our Neonatal ICU offers your family and your little one our medical expertise and heartfelt concern. Some babies are born prematurely or need special care due to respiratory difficulties, infections, birth defects or other illnesses. Palmetto Health Richland has a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to care for these critically ill babies. Our caring and compassionate medical professionals at NICU will nurture your baby and provide the best treatment options, information, and support for your family.
Our NICU features:
When the medical team tells you that it is safe to do so, you may choose to use "Kangaroo Care" as part of your bonding process. Kangaroo Care is skin-to-skin contact, with your baby placed right against your chest. Clinical research suggests that recovery time is shortened with Kangaroo Care and babies are able to leave the hospital sooner.
Through the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, a wide range of services are provided to South Carolina physicians and their patients, specifically genetic counseling and laboratory services. Genetic counseling services include:
A full list of services, patient information sheets, referral information, laboratory request forms, and contact information are available on the USC Clinical Genetics website.