At SAMC, we believe that birth is a celebration of life and that a supportive environment for every childbirth experience is essential. That's why SAMC's Family Birth Center provides family-centered healthcare to pregnant women and their infants during both normal and high-risk pregnancies and births. Our inviting labor/delivery suites provide a calming, home-like atmosphere and feature spacious bathrooms with a tub/shower units. There are even comfortable places for dads to catch quick naps.
In a traditional maternity unit, a woman is moved following delivery. In some cases, she is in one room for labor, another for delivery, and still another for recovery. After the birth she is moved yet again to a postpartum room. Her baby, meanwhile, is taken to a nursery and then brought to the mother at various times throughout the day. Often the mother shares her postpartum room with another woman.
Our luxurious private birthing suites feature amenities such as a Jacuzzi with shower, refrigerator, TV with DVD and an open-air terrace. A well-baby nursery and a special-care nursery are strategically located in the new center. The Women's Center Boutique will not only be a place to buy "the perfect gift," but serve as a resource for newborns, moms, offer breast-feeding supplies, incontinence apparel, breast cancer prosthesis, certified fitters and more.
Family Birth Center nurses are professionally trained to provide couplet care where one nurse provides individualized attention for mom and baby. Couplet care has proven to be more effective in providing better care for new moms and their babies. It also provides that special bonding time for mom, dad and their new baby. Nurses are certified in creative strategies to provide aromatherapy and massage, and other techniques to assist mom in the labor process.
Our philosophy at The Family Birth Center is:
- Birth is a celebration of life
- Childbirth is a process of wellness, not illness
- A loving, supportive, and safe environment for every childbirth experience is essential
- Knowledge and support are the keys to a successful transition to parenthood
- Family involvement is an important part of the childbirth experience
- Caring is demonstrated to our patients by our commitment to family-centered care
The Childbirth Education Department is committed to provide instruction that will meet the following goals:
- Empowerment: Through education, provide empowerment for making informed choices/decisions
- Facilitate Communications: Facilitate positive communication with Health Care Providers and support systems
- Facilitate Support Systems: Facilitate support systems in the family, in the community, and in the hospital
- Healthy Lifestyles: Promote healthy lifestyles
- Increase Self-Confidence: Empower with knowledge to increase self-confidence
- Knowledge: Increased knowledge of the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of pregnancy, labor and birth, and early postpartum and the newborn
- Pain Management Strategies: Comprehension and utilization of pain management strategies during labor and birth
- Variations: Prepare for possible variations in pregnancy and birth
The Southeast Regional Health Screening Program is a rural-based program that uses a mobile medical vehicle to perform vital health screenings.
The program provides underserved residents the opportunity to receive the cancer screening services they need, when they need them. The program specifically targets citizens in Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Pike counties in Alabama, and those living in southwest Georgia and northwest Florida who have limited or no access to regular breast, prostate and colorectal cancer screenings.
The 40-foot mobile medical vehicle is equipped with a screening mammography suite, an education area and a laboratory. Screening for breast, prostate and colorectal cancers can be done easily, and if detected in the earliest stages treatment options are greater.
MONTHLY SCREENING SCHEDULE
The Southeast Regional Health Screening Program's mobile unit will visit the following communities this month for digital mammograms, PSA and fecal occult blood kits. All tests are insurance filed. To schedule an appointment for when the mobile unit is in your area call 34-793-8006 or 800-524-1537.
August 4, 1st Med of Elba
August 5, Enterprise Medical Clinic
August 6, Gulf Coast Nursing Facility, Panama City
August 7, Henry County Rehabilitation Center
August 11, Lyster Army Hospital, Ft. Rucker
August 12, Enterprise Medical Clinic
August 13, Glen Cove Nursing Facility, Panama City
August 14, Pioneer Community Hospital, Blakeley, GA
August 18, SARHA Doctor's Center, Troy, AL
August 19, Enterprise Medical Clinic
August 20, Pioneer Community Hospital, Blakeley, GA
August 21, Lyster Army Hospital, Ft. Rucker
August 25, Lyster Army Hospital, Ft. Rucker
August 26, Enterprise Medical Clinic
August 27 Brynwood Nursing Facility, Monticello, FL
August 28, Miller County Hospital, Ft. Gaines, GA
- Screening mammograms for breast cancer.
- Fecal blood testing for colon cancer.
- PSA tests for prostate cancer.
- Assistance getting more testing and treatment if needed.
RESULTS AND COSTS
A doctor's referral is not needed for the Southeast Regional Health Screening Program. Test results can be mailed to your doctor and to your home within 10 business days.
All costs for the screenings are covered by insurance or Medicare/Medicaid. Please bring your insurance card with you when you come for your screening. Patients are responsible for co-pays and deductibles.
LARGE SERVICE AREA
The Southeast Regional Health Screening Program's mobile medical unit has provided health education and/or screenings for:
- Senior centers in southeast Alabama.
- Rural physician clinics
- Rural hospitals
- Nursing homes/assisted living facilities
- Military community at Ft. Rucker
- General public
To schedule a screening, call 334-793-8006 or 1-800-548-1537.
SAMC Cancer Facts
- SAMC treated 1,085 cancer cases – more than any other hospital in the region.
- We have two satellite locations – Marianna, FL and Enterprise.
- Of the 1,085 cases, 604 were male and 481 were female.
- Breast cancer was the most diagnosed cancer among women treated at SAMC with 214 cases.
- Prostate cancer was the most diagnosed cancer among men treated at SAMC with 185 cases.
- Lung Cancer was second most diagnosed cancer treated at SAMC with a total of 174 cases diagnosed in men and women – 103 men/71 women.
Source: Southeast Cancer Center's 2010 Annual Report
General Cancer Statistics
- It is estimated that about 1.5 million Americans were diagnosed with cancer in 2010.
- In the United States, cancer is the second leading cause of death, responsible for 1 in 4 deaths.
- One of every two men and one of every three women will get cancer in their lifetimes.
- Overall cancer rates are higher for whites and blacks than for Asians/Pacific Islanders.
- Approximately 5 percent of cancers are hereditary.
- Lung cancer is the most common fatal cancer in men and women.
- Prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men of all races, followed by lung cancer and colorectal cancer.
- Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women, regardless of race.
- More than one million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer will be diagnosed this year.
- About 77 percent of all cancers are diagnosed in patients aged 55 or older.
- For children aged 14 and younger, the most common cancers are leukemias. Today, more than 80 percent of children diagnosed with leukemia survive.
- Fewer than 5 percent of adults diagnosed with cancer will participate in a clinical trial. Lung, breast, prostate and colon cancers have the highest number of clinical trials devoted to them -- more than 40 percent of all clinical trials.
- More than 30 percent of cancer could be prevented. Tobacco use, alcohol use, poor diet, and physical inactivity have been shown to provide increased risk in developing cancer.
- The five year relative survival rate for female breast cancer patients has improved from 63 percent in the early 1960s to 90 percent today.
- Nearly two-thirds of all cancer patients will receive radiation therapy during their illness.
- About 11.1 million Americans are cancer survivors.
Sources: American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control, and National Institutes of Health, and World Health Organization