Maternal Child Health
Columbus Community Hospital opened its new maternal child health department in 2021. The unit meets the growing needs of Columbus and the surrounding area. The move expanded the department, nearly doubling its size from 10,200 square feet on the second floor to 18,400 square feet in the new location.
The maternal child health department features:
- Eight labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum rooms (LDRPs)
- A surgical suite
- Four postpartum rooms
- A larger neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with private rooms
- A guest waiting room
- Two nourishment centers for families
Patients who stay on the unit receive care from a highly competent and skilled nursing team, including lactation counselors. Additionally, a group of certified pediatric hospitalists provide infant care as needed around the clock. Not only is the unit available for pregnant women and new mothers, but it also welcomes patients recovering from GYN surgeries.
The maternal child health department delivers about 600 babies each year and collaborates with local obstetricians and physicians to care for high-risk labor patients.
Our Programs and Services
CCH is pleased to offer some of the latest advancements in maternal and child health, as well as other special touches to make new parents’ birthing experiences the best they can be. For example, when patients’ babies are born, Braham's Lullaby is played on CCH’s overhead paging system so that the entire hospital can share in the new parents’ joy.
Education and Classes
Staff at CCH also strive to provide new parents with the education they need to best care for themselves and their new babies. The maternal child health department offers childbirth, baby care and breastfeeding classes and tours of the unit.
Free breastfeeding classes are offered the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., and free baby care classes are offered the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.
CCH's Bump and Beyond Prepared Childbirth Class
teaches expectant parents about:
- The third trimester of pregnancy
- The labor process
- Comfort techniques
- Medical procedures
- Pain relief options
- Postpartum care, including recognizing the signs of postpartum depression
- Newborn care
- Breastfeeding, and more
For more information on all our classes or to register to attend, call 402-562-3266.
For a full list of all the department’s programs and services, see below:
Visiting Hours and Contact Us
The visiting hours in CCH’s maternal child health department are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
CCH tries to provide patients time for rest with "Quiet Time" from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. every day. Visitors are encouraged to give new mothers this time to catch up on rest before they return home.
For more information or to schedule a tour of the department, call 402-562-3266.
Columbus Community Hospital
4600 38th Street
Columbus, Nebraska 68602-1800